Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 26, 2002 at 15:46:05:
In reply to: Re: WOW you gotta see this (do you have real player?) RANGOLI online video! posted by Erfan on September 26, 2002 at 15:29:57:........it is like building your
: OWN house.......but you donīt destroy the house afterwards.*hehe*
: making a rongali maybe helped some women to see that one person is
: just a little spot but together you can be a BIG one!
: this really maybe changed a few women in the way of thinking....
One of the most important concepts in rangoli (and in Hinduism) to me,
is that one MUST embrace destruction if one is to embrace creation.
That's one of the most difficult things a person faces as they mature:
what you give birth to will die. (but will be reborn) YOU will die.
(but you will be reborn) Everything you have put all your love and
hard work into will VANISH ... but ..... may come into being again.
Eventually you get the hard lesson that you must strive to work hard
and beautifully every day for everything you care about, knowing that
you're the tinest speck in the universe, in a swirling cloud of other
minute specks .... all of which can blown away in a moment ... and be
breathed out from creation again. It gives you a reverence and
compassion for life, and it cuts out the "clinging to your ego"
bullshit right sharp. You CAN'T expect things to hold still for you,
and you can't bend the world to what you want. You and everything you
love will be scattered to dust and that's all there is to it ....
until dust gives birth to you again.
Nice thing about henna. You have to give up control and know its NOT
going to last forever, and it may not come out the way you want no
matter how hard you try. You just put EVERYTHING into it that you've
got ... and let go. One henna artist may die .. but .... if she
teaches others EVERYTHING she knows ...........!!!!!! that moment of
releasing what's precious .... is such a blessing.
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