Saturday, November 29, 2008

Casting Self Aside

This and this alone
Is true religion-
To serve Thy brethren:

This is sin above all other sin,
To harm Thy brethren:

In such a faith is happiness,
In lack of it is misery and pain:

Blessed is he who swerveth not aside
From this straight path:

Blessed is he whose life is lived
Thus ceaselessly in serving God:

By bearing others' burdens,
And so alone,
Is life, true life, to be attained:

Nothing is hard to him who, casting self aside,
Thinks only this-
How may I serve fellow-men?

(Source: Gandhi- The Writer by Bhabani Bhattacharya)

When the heart is hard and parched up, come upon me
with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life, come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shutting
me out from beyond, come to me, my lord of silence,
with thy peace and rest..

When my beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner,
break open the door, my kind, and come with the ceremony
of a king.

When desire blinds the mind with delusion and dust,
O thou holy one, thou wakeful, come with thy light and thy thunder.

- Rabindranath Tagore ( Gitanjali, No.39)

(Source: Gandhi- The Writer by Bhabani Bhattacharya)

Have a sunny day.


Robin Easton said...

I came here to see what you were up to and am stunned by the beauty. I just read three posts loved them all. The story of the elder gentleman in the nursing home is simply profound and heartening. Such a good reminder. My husband and I tend to live like that as well, but it STILL did me SO much good to read it. I FELT good reading it.

And you know I love Gandhi's work. And then what caught my eye right away was the castings of herbs/flowers here. They are absolutely STUNNING!! Elegant beyond belief. I wondered if YOU made them. I know you are VERY creative and extremely artistic from seeing your whole site, but these casting are something I'd love to do. I have been a potter and glass artisan in my lifetime and love creating almost anything. But I would love to try these. I wondered if they were plaster or resin or fired clay with glaze painting on them. Very curious what material you used and what type of paint or glaze. I miss doing pottery with all my writing now. I also miss my glass studio and kilns.

This is just delightful. I am glad I came here today. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Your talent is very inspiring. I too do bead work but as a hobby to relax, for myself and friends. Your whole site is like eye-candy.

Thank you for inspiring me.

Laura Winslow Godsil said...

Thanks Robin for your comment and interest. The herbs are oil paint on 6sq. inch tumbled marble.If you have the time go to the blog and click on Ted's Tiles {upper right corner} then click on ceramic 1.A lot of these tiles are made from a plaster cast mold. I carve the object in clay and make the plaster mold.Press clay in the mold and eventually glaze paint the tile.My husband makes all the tiles and I due the painting.He does all the mosaics and table tops.AS usual Robin, thanks for the kind words and if my site is eye candy yours is certainly candy for the mind.