A mandala for your coloring pleasure.
The image can be downloaded from flickr - just click on the link.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The Wheel itself is held in the clutches of a demon, who symbolizes impermanence. In the hub of the wheel are a cock, a snake, and a pig, symbols of lust, anger and ignorance respectively, the three cardinal sins in Buddhism.
In the rim around this hub is a narrow band, one half showing the upward path leading to the superior worlds of rebirth, and the other showing the downward path leading to the inferior worlds of rebirth. Beyond this narrow band this Wheel is divided into five segments. These segments depict the different worlds of rebirth.
At the top left is the Region of the Gods and Asuras, and to the right, the Region of man. These are the superior worlds of rebirth. In the center below is the hell region, wherein Yama, the King of the dead, presides over the judgement. At the left is the Region of animals, and at the right, the Region of the tortured spirits. The last three regions are inferior worlds of rebirth.
In the outer rim are twelve scenes, which the Buddha called the usual nexus, the chain of cause and effect, or the reasons for transmigration. These symbolize the various stages through which man passes from birth, namely:
- Married life
- The birth of an heir
- Decay and death
And then rebirth through countless existences. At each death man is reborn according to his Karma, into one or another of these six worlds, until he, like Buddha, through enlightenment reaches perfection and, no longer "bound to the wheel," passes on to Nirvana to become one with the Universal spirit.
The painting of the Wheel is very complex; the profound symbology must be carried out perfectly. The joys and punishments in the six regions of rebirth are vividly portrayed in miniature. In the outer rim the various incidents of the casual nexus are also represented in minute detail.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
In Indian temples after the priest does the chanting he distributes water which carries the sound vibrations of the chanting. There is a great secret behind this practice. The sounds produced during chanting of holy scriptures have great influence on the health of the people listening to it. The healing effect of sounds is scientifically proven and need not be described here. Water has a remarkable property of absorbing subtle sound vibrations. Drinking this water after chanting will be doubly beneficial because the sound vibrations will reach each and every part of the cells in the body through water.
The sacred syllable "AUM" was written on a glass of water and the crystal structure that was observed is shown here:
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
when once we saw one another?
He is my world, and I am his,
and when we first know it, time stops and never starts up again...
~From the Diary of a Lady Beloved
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here is a cool desktop wallpaper to encourage you to be yourself as you move through your work day. The image can be downloaded at Flickr, if you have any problems, let me know and I'll do what I can to help.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
~J. J. Van der Leeuw
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Sacred Geometry is the eternal visual language wrapped around the root concepts of the manifest universe. The archetypes and icons of geometry are absolutely perfect, unchanging, and timeless realities springing directly from God Mind.
The Universe is Vibration, and the principles of Sacred Geometry are directly correspondent to ALL wave form phenomena . . . ALL vibration. Science agrees, the Universe Is Vibration, and geometry IS vibration manifest on the visual, time/space planes.
Sacred Geometry defines the nature of Space and Time, it is the architecture of the universe.
Mandalas by Charles Gilchrist
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or
There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no
And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the
soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing.
Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don't go off somewhere else!
Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of
and stand firm in that which you are.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Now I've learned, the hard way,
that some poems don't rhyme,
and some stories don't have
a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Life is about not knowing,
having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what's going to happen next.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Here's a cool mandala to color. It features elves, leaves, and with a rose in the center and lots of rose buds. You can get the large image at flickr by clicking on the link, and if you have any problems downloading it, just let me know and I'll see what I can do to help.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
One day you will feel tired and then it will look like a frustration, a failure. The wise man leaves this upstream nonsense; he simply allows the river to take him wherever it is going. If it is going anywhere, good; if it is not going anywhere, good.
Suddenly you are still, silent. Only then, never before, does real meditation happen and all effort is dropped. But you have to make the effort first, otherwise you will never understand that it has to be dropped.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
You are the light of the beam of the sun,
You are the surpassing star of guidance,
You are the step of the deer on the hill,
You are the step of the horse in the river valley,
You are the shape of the swan of swimming,
You are the grace of all lovely graces.
~Old Gaelic Blessing