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Bharat Ratna, award by Lobsan Payat

Lata Mangeshkar receiving the Bharat Ratna by President K.R.Narayan

The Bharat Ratna "Jewel of India" is India's supreme decoration and honor, awarded for the highest degrees of national service. This service includes artistic, literary, and scientific achievement, as well as "recognition of public service of the highest order." Throughout the history of the decoration, it has been very carefully stressed that the award of the Bharat Ratna carries with it no title, no "knighthood," and no particular status.

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Buddhist Scriptures by Fotopoulou Sophia

Copyright 2002-2003 and on,

Two thousand five hundred years ago the Buddha wandered the Ganges plains of Northern India. For over 45 years he taught a means of spiritual liberation to all who sought guidance. The power of his teaching was such that a great many of his discourses have survived to this day. Collectively they are known as the Canon and are often referred to as the Tipitaka or "three baskets".

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Buster Keaton by Gus Leous

Buster Keaton

October 4th 1895 - January 31st 1966
Joseph Frank (Buster) Keaton was born into a family of vaudevillians. Joseph, his father, did an eccentric dance act and his mother, Myra, danced and played the saxophone. He was the oldest of three siblings; he had one brother, Harry (Jingles), and a sister, Louise, both of whom would later appear with the rest of his family in some of his movie shorts. Buster joined his parents' act at a very early age. It soon developed into the roughest act on vaudeville, with Buster's father hitting his son with brooms and other…

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Byzantine Iconography by Fotopoulou Sophia

The word "icon" comes from the Greek "eikon" that means "image", or "portrait ". Nativity of Christ marks the birth of the icon. The Word was made flesh, the Invisible became visible, God took a human face, a unique Face that is repeated through the faces of the Mother of God and the saints who are bathed in the same uncreated light.

The icon is the result of prayerful meditation patiently created by generations of painters. It is the fruit of tradition instead of being the result of an individual's intuition, impression, or abstraction. The iconographer is…

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