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Golden Devi Sanskrit Calligraphy


Devi is the Goddess of India. Manifesting variously as Kali,  Saraswati,  Lakshmi & Shakti. Worshipped as the mother of all creation, Devi envelopes us all in her eternal love.
Rendered in the zen style with sumi brush and golden ink on lush paper, hanmade in Nepal from plants indigenous to the Himalayas, this premium product will look stunning in any meditation room,  yoga studio, home or office.
This item is hand rendered just for you upon ordering, so each one is unique and may differ from the picture shown.
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Om Sanskrit Calligraphy


In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was “OM”. This ancient, sacred sound is perhaps the most widely recognized mantra. It is perhaps overlooked as being too “mainstream” for this reason. People are on the lookout for something authentic, perhaps a little obscure. We want the secret.

The best kept secrets are often right in front of us. Om is a powerful mantra. The reason it is the best known is because it is the most widely used. It is said at the beginning and end of most Buddhist, and Hindu prayers, mantras, slokas & invocations. Om is the real deal.

Om is the sacred sound that creates, sustains and dissolves the Cosmos. Chanting Om is like a tuning fork for your soul. It aligns us with the creative force we are made of. It empowers us to our true potential and reveals us to ourselves.

Each piece is rendered upon receiving the order specifically for you. Due to the nature of this type of calligraphy, your Om will be unique. It’s appearance will vary from what is shown. Each piece is executed in the zen style of entering a meditative state to allow the calligrapher to become a tool of the energy of the calligraphy.

calligraphy is 8×10. Black ink on paper.

$30 plus shipping

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The Song of Awakening

There is long and interesting history of how God=sound. Where to start? How about the beginning?
 “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” The Gospel according to John, King James Version.
I love the old English phrasing of the King James Version. This is easily my favorite Bible passage. Notice that God is also “Light” Most people will tell you that this is a metaphor. This is funny to me because many of these same people will tell you that the story of Adam & Eve is not a metaphor. Well the story of Adam & Eve is a metaphor (this is a story for another time as it could be its own blog post), But the idea that God is sound and Light is not a metaphor. God is more than sound and light, don’t get me wrong, but the idea that the existence of all things came into being through God as sound is accurate. 
In Sanskrit, the ancient Indian sacred language, this sound is “Om” and is written in what appears to Westerners to be a 3 with a tail, and an umlaut over it. In my description of of my hand carved lino print of this sacred word, I combine these two ideas and say; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was Om” This ancient spiritual symbol is a sound and it is the Creator.
Sometimes the symbol is translated; “Aum” The thinking is that the vowel sound where the word originates itself originates at the back of the throat and the ending “m” sound ends at the mouth, thus traveling the expanse of the physical body creating it. This explanation is a metaphor for the beginning and end of all creation. Compare this to Jesus’ saying; “I am the Alpha and the Omega”. Here the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet signify the beginning and the end (which is the line that follows in the Bible) but also anything that can be spoken as Jesus is saying he is not just the beginning and the end but everything in between.
But you say to me, “Rod, What about science?” First of all don’t interrupt, it’s rude. Second of all, good question.
In the 1950’s the phone company, at that time concerned with quality service, wanted to get to the bottom of a buzz that was coming through on all their lines. They hired and deployed two scientists; Peebles and Dick to discover and fix the problem. What they found was that this sound was everywhere. It permeates everything. It is the background radiation leftover from the Big Bang. (you know, the sound and light that created everything that exists.) It existed at exactly the wavelength that the scientist who postulated the Big Bang theory predicted it would.
There are many mantras (sacred words or phrases to repeated many times) and prayers (like the rosary) that believers know will bring them closer to God. The Sufis have a saying, “Nothing exists save God” pronounced, “La Illaha Illa Allah” Which is more of a mantra than a prayer, but they don’t use the Sanskrit word. 
In his book “Autobiography of a Yogi” Paramahansa Yogananda states that sacred Indian music can bring us closer to enlightenment, as can the music of Bach. Astronomers and alchemists refer to the “Music of the Spheres”
It is all around you.
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Greetings, weary traveler! Welcome to another edition of the exciting new blog everyone’s talking about! Oh wait. No, welcome to Azule Blue Dragon instead. Well, I have been hard at work, making cards, friends on facebook, and trouble in general. My facebook fanpage; known as bluedragon connections, if you aren’t near a link, has 85 fans so far, but I went from getting a four star rating to zero to one. People click “like” and then don’t interact anymore than that. That doesn’t bother me, but I still have made only two sales on cards and I have to figure out a way to market my cards to people who are looking for them.

Well, I just keep moving forward; or as fish savant Dory would say, “just keep swimming.” I post at least once a day on all three facebook walls, make new cards, examine what I think makes other people’s cards good or interesting, and researching new subjects and marketing strategies.
I’m exploring the various theories on “search engine optimization”, which is why I’ve done all the things I’ve done so far, but clearly more needs to be done.

More interesting to me is the new cards I’ve made. A few utilize a new painting I created combining my favorite deep space object: the cone nebula, with pictures I found of witches celebrating Halloween, which they call “Samhain” pronounced “Sowen”. When I was younger, I became interested in this phenomena and did some research. I had a real “through the looking glass moment” when I realized that real witches don’t worship the devil. The religion, now known as “Wicca”, predates Christianity. When Constantine; a Roman Emperor, converted to Christianity, Christianity took on many aspects of Roman Culture; centralized authority, and conquering the world. To this end, whenever opposition was found that couldn’t be overcome with a sword, God was used as a weapon. In this way non Christians were made to convert to Christianity or be killed, usually after torture. To justify this, the deities of other religions were made to be the devil, and the followers of these other religions were said to be devil worshipers. That would be like making a Hindu or Buddhist out to be devil worshippers today (which some people do) The funny thing is witches don’t even worship a male god; they worship a Mother Goddess. Her consort is the “Horned God”, and the patriarchal early Christians mistook him as the main Deity of the wiccans. They said he was the devil. This is one of the primary sources for the modern view of the appearance of the devil.

Anyway, I try to have respect for all religions (including Christianity) but I feel the need to explain my affinity for the Wiccans.
In fact, I have also made cards utilizing prayers from the Catholic Rite of Mass. Specifically “Gloria” & “Sanctus”.

Finally, I have crafted an ink and brush rendering in Sanskrit of the word “yoga”. The word means “Union with God” and, being indo-european etymologically speaking shares the same root as the word “yoke” in English. I hope to create many more cards using Sanskrit calligraphy.