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The lamp and its ability to illuminate are not independent from the darkness, just like a magnet which is not independent from the things that it attracts

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Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā of Nāgārjuna

Sthiramati's Commentary on Nāgārjuna's Mūla-madhyamaka-kārikā, section T30, no. 1567, 148c5


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