"It seems no work of Man's creative hand,
by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!...
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn; The hues of youth upon a brow of woe, which Man deemed old two thousand years ago, match me such marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time." - John William Burgon
'DREAMTIME' (Detail) ~ "We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home.” - Australian Aboriginal Proverb
Happy Solstice!! I'm pleased to announce the release of our first official print of the year, "ANANDA, as in 'Sat-Chit-Ananda,' which is a Sanskrit term that describes the nature of reality as it is conceptualized in Hindu and yogic philosophy. Some consider Sat-Chit-Ananda to be the same as God or Brahman (Absolute Reality). Others use it as a term to describe the experience of realizing the unity and wholeness of all existence. A common translation of Sat-Chit-Ananda is "Truth-Consciousness-Bliss." It is said that Sat-Chitlins-Ananda is the source of all consciousness and all perfection. To experience Sat-Chit-Ananda is to achieve the ultimate goal of the spiritual journey in Hinduism or yoga.
The Hebrew word for the white stork is chasidah (חסידה), meaning "merciful" or "kind". Followers of Islam revered storks because they made an annual pilgrimage to Mecca on their migration. In Ancient Egypt, it was associated with, and was the hieroglyph for the Ba, or "soul". @powwowworldwide
The Hamsa, also known as the Khamsa, the Hand of God, the Hand of Fatima and the Hand of Miriam, is an ancient and universal symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, particularly within the Islamic and Jewish traditions.The Hamsa (Khamsa) is believed by Jews, Muslims and other faiths to be a sign of protection that brings blessings, power and strength and is seen as a potent defense against the evil eye. Five (hamesh in Hebrew) represents the five books of the Torah for Jews and symbolizes the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, "Heh", which represents one of God's holy names. For Sunnis it symbolizes the Five Pillars of Islam and for Shi'ites it represents the Five People of the Cloak. Because Hamsa hand symbology is believed to predate most modern religions, those who actively support a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Israeli conflict believe that wearing the hamsa hand highlights not only the similarities of Judaism and Islam, but also the similarities of the origins of the religions. Many Jews and Muslims wear the Hamsa as a gesture for hope, peace, and prosperity in Israel and other areas of the Middle East. @powwowworldwide
A Māori prayer for the land, sea and people of Napier to further strengthen our connection to the earth and all that inhabit it. All life is interconnected and interdependent.
Many thanks to our friends @pangeaseed foundation & @seawalls_ for letting me be a part of their incredible journey to help save our seas. Much Luv: Tre, Akira, Jason, Kai, Cinzah, Si & the best volunteer in Hawkes Bay, Joe! Give Thanks for your kindness Napier
Day 2: Dropping some Māori proverbs ~ "Toitū te Marae o Tane-Mahuta, Toitū te Marae o Tangaroa, Toitū te tangata." (if the land is well, and the sea is well, the people will thrive.) @pangeaseed @seawalls_
DAY 1: Getting started out here in beautiful Napier with @pangeaseed & @seawalls_ to help save our seas. Big Thanks to the entire PS team & the @napiercitycouncil for all the support! Shoutout @askewone 🙌
The Land of Ancestors / Opening Ceremony in Napier, New Zealand by mana whenua, Ngati Parou, Ngati Kahungunu with a traditional Māori Pōwhiri / Many Thanks to @pangeaseed and all of the incredible people of Napier for warm welcome and generous hospitality.🙏 Follow @pangeaseed & @seawalls_ for festival updates! Please visit PangeaSeed.org to learn how you can help save our seas.