Thursday, February 24, 2011


Both the "Burning Monk" and Mohammed Bouazizi's deaths were major sparks in revolutions of their country. The had both burned themselves in protest of what they believed in and they also gave major criticism on the nation's leader of the time. They also both led to a change in government and the dictator fleeing the country. However, there are a few small differences. The "Burning Monk" was a monk in South Vietnam protesting the prosecution of Buddhists, whereas Mohammed was just a normal, hard-working street vendor in Tunisia angry at the dictatorship in his country. There is also a large time difference. While the "Burning Monk" killed himself in the year of 1963, Mohammed Bouazizi died very recently, January 4, 2011.
I think that it is great that they were protesting for what they believed in. However it's horrifying that they took this to the extremes and decided to burn themselves. But I do know that everything great has to start with something tragic. One good poem of Sri Chinmoy about death and how it sometimes is not the end.

Death is not the end
Death can never be the end.

Death is the road.
Life is the traveller.
The Soul is the Guide


Our mind thinks of death.
Our heart thinks of life
Our soul thinks of Immortality. - Sri Chinmoy

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