Bountiful Blessings

Blessings of beauty and abundance to all!
In the Orchard
by: Frank Dvorak


Maya Devi

"From the palms of her hands to the soles of her feet,
Her face and her body are exquisite, more than divine.
Indeed, we cannot gaze upon her long enough,
For she brings increasing joy to heart and mind.
Like the moon in the sky glows her beautiful face;
Like the light from the sun her body shines;
Her beauty sparkles like a nugget of pure gold.
She has perfumed curls like the large black bee,
Eyes like lotus petals, teeth like stars in the heavens."
(Lalitavistara, trans. Bays. Mayadevi painting, 20th cent.)

Kwan Yin Rock Carving Restoration in China

"After weathering centuries of wind erosion and damages, the 800-year-old rock carving of the 'Thousand-handed Goddess of Mercy,' also known as the Guanyin or Kwanyin, is being restored to its former glory by a team of experts from southwest China.  Originally carved in stone during the southern Song Dynasty, the statue is now housed at the Dazu Rock Carvings, a World Heritage site located in Chongqing where specialists like Xiang Li are cautiously restoring it to its original state."

(photo copyright CNTV.CN)


Full Moon Blessings

Blessings of the Full Moon in Taurus!
May the visions you hold for the future be manifested on earth in beauty.
(Europa and the Bull, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, circa 330 bce)