Category Archives: Image

Prayer & Wisdom of the first peoples

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Modern culture is quick to asses itself as advanced and everything else as primitive. Yet the test of time is probably the most pressing of all. Bypassing the ancient wisdoms indigenous cultures contain is like the know it all teenager who won’t listen to experience.

New Age philosophies and quantum physics are coming to similar  conclusions on the power of the mind and the interconnectedness of all things. Indigenous cultures not only know and understand these things they have integrated this wisdom into daily life through a living spirituality embodied in the earth itself.

indigenous-proverb

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Perfection amidst the chaos

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Manjushri Pauba

Manjushri is a Bodhisattva considered the personification of the combined wisdom of all the Buddhas.

He holds a sword in his right hand — symbolizing his ability to cut through delusion.

In his left hand, by his heart, he holds the stem of a lotus flower, which bears a book — the Perfection of Wisdom teaching.

Manjushri mantra
Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih

The literal translation of this Mantra gets into some pretty cosmic Buddhist philosophy but I first fell in Love with this mantra through this simple translation offered by Deva premal from her album of Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent times with the Gyuto Monks.

Amidst The chaos, everything is Pure by nature”

 

Here is a great simple version you can chant along with to get you started

 

Consciousness and Bliss

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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”
~ T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

natararaj
Image : Natraj Original Artwork
By Avik Chakraborty, Howrah
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WHAT LIVES IN US

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“If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer

lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land-
that sacred earth that is your body.

If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.”

~ RUMI

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Scientific research into how yoga helps us live well is a fascinating subject but for those of us who already know it from the inside, poetry says it best.

Yoga primarily is a sacred practise, we use the body through the asanas to worship life itself flowing through us in every breath.

Fierce Gods

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I recently came across this image on a late night google meander annotated ‘krishna as Narasimha’, and it struck me as a most interesting contrast to the flute playing/lovestruck/cowherd familiar face of Lord Krishna.

The Ṛg Veda contains an epithet that has been attributed to Narasiṁha.

like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming.

His main claim to fame is as the ‘Great protector’, defending his devotees in times of need. Vishnu/Krishna is said to have taken this form as an avatar to destroy a particularly difficult demon king. But thats a story for another day.
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Song

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I am what they did not tell me and I knew.
Oh, I wanted everything to be mine!
I am everything I have already lost.
But everything’s elusive like the wind and the river,
like the golden summer flowers
that die in your hands.
I am everything, but nothing, nothing is mine,
not the pain, nor the joy, nor the terror,
not even the words of my song.

~ Silvina Ocampo

emma hack

 

Art: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo in Wattle Spiral  © Emma Hack 2009