jewel of the lotus

Ilene Meyer, Jewel of the Lotus (1995)

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“I am the sunlight in the heart, the silver moon-glow in the mind;
My laughter runs and ripples through the wavy tresses of the wind.
I am the fire upon the hills, the dancing flame that leads afar
Each burning-hearted wanderer, and I the dear and homeward star.
A myriad lovers died for me, and in their latest yielded breath
I woke in glory giving them immortal life though touched by death.
They knew me from the dawn of time: if Hermes beats his rainbow wings,
If Angus shakes his locks of light, or golden-haired Apollo sings,
It matters not the name, the land: my joy in all the gods abides…”

George William Russell (A.E.), The Master Singer



Pink and cream silk chiffon layered over silver lamé, metallic lace hem studded with sequins, short sleeve bodice decorated with crossed stylized flowers in white, crystal and ombreéd pink beads, metallic lace insert under tulle, sleeves having cutouts edged in paste jewels, off-center beaded band with ombreéd tassel and three lotus flowers, chiffon underskirt edged in crystal beads, corset interior

Below is my retelling of Zeus wooing Hera. I think that retelling the stories of the Theoi is an important way for us to connect the myths with our own values and to continue the tradition of sharing the stories of the Theoi. This is just one of many versions, and is only my own small contribution to how we tell the stories of our deities. If you’re a pjo fanblog, please be respectful that these stories are part of my faith and religion. The myths of the Theoi are an important part in Hellenism, and are not fanfiction or head cannons.

Listen, oh faithful ones, to the story of our King Zeus and His sweet Hera. The story has been told many times, and each version is just a bit different, but I will sing to you now of how Blessed Zeus won over the heart of Golden Hera.

The world was still young by our count, but far older than we can fathom, when Zeus had taken His throne from Kronos. He had already proven Himself a capable warrior, a just king, and of wise council. He had already taken Metis, Themis, Eurynome, Demeter, Mnemosyne, and Leto all as lovers in turn, and fathered by Them many children. And in further time, He would take other lovers to His bed, though this is not the story we tell now.

No, it is the story of Zeus and Hera’s love and marriage which we share on this day. Some say it was at Argos that it happened, where Hera’s love for Zeus bloomed, but it was far earlier when Zeus had fallen for Her. For three hundred years Zeus had watched Hera, and fallen more in love with Her every day. The grace with which She carried Herself, Her patience, and Her unwavering standards. She knew tough lessons were never learned from soft hearts, and would set Her heart as stone when needed. Still, when the air was calm and the day quiet, She would wander, surrounded in retinue by the Hesperides, and share sweet moments of peace with Them. Her laughter sounded like bells on the wind, and Her gentle hands would scoop up whatever wild creature She could, the beast taming instantly in Her gentle care.

Zeus would approach Hera when She was surrounded by the dancing light of sunset, and each time She was cool and formal towards Him. He brought Her gifts, jewels and lotus flowers, and none of it warmed Her heart. Hera had no desire to be another of His lovers, a mother to Zeus’ children, but not His wife. Hers was a heart set upon home and family, not passing romances, and She thought Zeus had no room in His heart to take a wife and queen. None of His attempts could convince Hera that Zeus’ intentions were born of respect and love.

So Zeus thought, how best to show Hera His sincerity? And it was as He watched Hera with Her golden lion that He was struck with an idea. He took upon Himself the form of a cuckoo bird, and He flew down, landing beside Her. He took up a song and it filled Hera with such joy that Her laughter rang through the air. And She was so delighted with His song that She lifted the small cuckoo into Her hand and asked of it, “Would you like to be my songbird? You may perch upon my shoulder and sing in my ear each day if you would like, oh gentle bird. And in return, you shall be sacred to my name.”

And Zeus came back to Her in that form, every day, singing to lovely Hera. In this form He still brought to Her gifts, again laying lotus blossoms in Her lap and singing to hear Her laugh. And still, every day He came to Her. He would fly about Her head, playing games and tugging gently at Her tightly curled hair, and Hera would feed Him berries and place the flowers He brought in Her hair. For decades this continued, and Zeus was content to be by Hera’s side each day, with Her treating Him as gently as any of the nymphs or beasts which kept Her company.

Then one day, Zeus sat upon Hera’s lap, in His feathered form, resting there as She petted His feathers. And it was then that Hera spoke, “I believe you, you know. I have for some while, my King, but I did not want this time of ours to change. Please, let me see your face once more, Zeus.”

It was with a startle that Zeus flew from Her lap, returning to His godly form. Hera had known Him and seen through His transformation, but had played along with His guise, thinking that He would soon tire of the game and move on. But He had shown such sincerity every day, for a hundred years, that Hera was moved by His affection, that the King of Gods and mortals both would rather be a bird upon Her shoulder than to not be by Her side at all. Once She knew His actions to be honest, She began to let Her own heart fall prey to Eros’ game, and She took such pleasure in knowing a side of Zeus that no other had been privileged to see.

Mighty Zeus kneeled before Hera, and spoke, careful to be honest with Her always, “Lovely Hera, I’ve much to say, if you would hear me. It is true that I have loved many, and I can not promise you that I shall never love another, but I can promise that you will be the only wife I take. Yours will be the first council I hear each day, and the last each night. Yours will be a crown matching my own. And You shall have a throne of gold and marble which will sit beside mine atop Olympus. I would have you as my wife, until the end of time, if you would have me as your husband.”

Hera took up a flower in Her hands,smiling as She counted the petals and thought. And when She spoke, Her response was such, “Then we should arrange the feast and procession, should we not, husband of mine?” And it was with more joy than He had felt before that Zeus declared to all the deathless Gods that Hera, daughter of Rhea, would forever be known as Queen of Gods and mortals both, and Theirs would be a wedding which mortals would reenact for all of time in reverence of Their love.

All messengers of the Light reveal to us that the human being carries a spark of the eternal Light within him. Jesus called it the kingdom of God within you; oriental philosophy speaks of the jewel in the lotus; the Rosicrucians speak of the spirit-spark atom, the primordial atom or the rose of the heart. The theosophists characteristically call it the last remnant of the once divine human being.

Top 50 best albums of 2014

50. Temples - Sun Structures

49. Adult Jazz - Gist Is

48. RATKING - So It Goes

47. Jungle - Jungle

46. CEO - Wonderland

45. Trust - Joyland

44. King Tuff - Black Moon Spell

43. Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

42. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

41. Alvvays - Alvvays

40. Chet Faker -  Built On Glass

39. Eagulls - Eagulls

38. Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

37. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

36. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny

35. The Antlers - Familiars

34. How to Dress Well - “What is This Heart?”

33. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

32. Young Fathers - Dead

31. Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser

30. Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour

29. Arca - Xen

28. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - I’m In Your Mind Fuzz

27. Clark - Clark

26. Ought - More Than Any Other Day

25. Hookworms - The Hum

24. Future Islands - Singles

23. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

22. Todd Terje - It’s Album Time

21. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal + Content Nausea

20. The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There

19. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

18. Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker

17. Caribou - Our Love

16. James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

15. Ariel Pink - pom pom

14. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!

13. Jack White - Lazaretto

12. FKA twigs - LP1

11. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

10. Keaton Henson - Romantic Works

9. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

8. Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love

7. The Men - Tomorrow's Hits

6. Lykke Li - I Never Learn

5. Woods - With Light and With Love

4. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

3. The War On Drugs - Lost in Dream

2. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

1. Foxygen - …And Star Power


“Aum”, “Om”: Sanskrit/Hindu/Buddhist. The most sacred mantra.  The universal name of the divine. The vibration of the universal consciousness.

In Buddhist and Hindu tradition the OM or AUM sound navigates chakra energy through your left (A) channel, right (U) channel and centers your energy through the center (M) channel. It helps to achieve effortless meditation state. If you ever wondered why monks or any other group of people who meditate say OM and not AUM, here is the answer.

Position your mouth as you would say the vowel “U”.
With your mouth position unchanged, start pronouncing AUM. This is where the throaty “O” comes from.

Finish with “M” as deep humming.

Keep the mouth position unchanged until you get to the finishing M part.
Remember that if you keep you body still your mind will be more able to concentrate on your energy flowing through your left, right and center energy channels.

How to pronounce and chant Om.

“Om Mani Padme Hum”: Buddhist, meaning “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus”

“Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”: Buddhist and Hindu, the starting of Om followed by peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech.”

“Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha” ,:Buddhist, from The Heart Sutra,  meaning “Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, Enlightenment hail!”. “

“So Hum”: Sanskrit, meaning “I am THAT”. It is suggested to use “So” on inhale, “Hum” on exhale.“

“Maranatha”: Christian, meaning “Come Lord” and understood by some as the final teaching of the Christian Bible

“El Shaddai”: Hebrew, meaning “God Almighty”“

Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih”: Buddhist, and I’m not even going to try to break out the meaning of this in a list.

“Namo Amitabha”: meaning “Homage to the Buddha of boundless light”

“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu”: Buddhist, Pali phrase meaning “May all beings be well and happy.

My favourite albums ever:
1. Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Beleive
2. Tame impala - Lonerism
3. Tame impala - Innerspeaker
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Tyler, the Creator - Wolf
6. Tyler, the Creator - Bastard
7. Gorillaz - Demon Days
8. Gorillaz - Gorillaz
9. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
10. The xx - The xx
11. The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
12. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
13. Captain Murphy - Duality
14. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
15. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
16. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
17. Flying Lotus - Until The Quit Comes
18. Outkast - Stankonia
19. MØ - No Mythologies To Follow
20. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
21. Yung Lean - Unknown Death 2002
22. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
23. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
24. M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts


Bennie Maupin - The Jewel in the Lotus

[ECM, 1974]

Kou empire name meanings

Since i had to pratice with kanji’s i’ve looked up for name meanings of the Kou empire! they’re really interesting

Ren ( 練 pratice/train)

Hakutoku ( 白徳  white + virtue)

Koutoku ( 紅徳 crimson + virtue)

Gyokuen ( 玉艶 jewel + charming)

Hakuryuu ( 白龍 white + dragon)

Kouen ( 紅炎 crimson + flame)

Koumei ( 紅明 crimson + acumen)

Kouha ( 紅覇 crimson + leadership)

Hakuei ( 白瑛 white + cristal)

Kougyoku ( 紅玉 red + jewel [also ruby])

Hakuyuu (白雄 white + leader)

Hakuren (白蓮 white + lotus)

Top Songs of 2014

In NO particular order -

FKA Twigs - “Kicks”
Raury - “Cigarette Song”
Saint Pepsi - “Fiona Coyne”
St. Vincent - “Prince Johnny”
Run the Jewels - “Early”
Ryn Weaver - “Octahate”
Flying Lotus - “Never Catch Me”
Glass Animals - “Flip”
High Highs - “Catch the Wind”
Hozier - “From Eden”
Perfume Genius - “Queen”
Sia - “Chandelier”
Ariana Grande - “Love Me Harder”
Real Estate - “Crime”
Sir Sly - “You Haunt Me”
Spoon - “Inside Out”
Taylor Swift - “Style”
Thom Yorke - “The Mother Lode”
Walk the Moon - “Avalanche”
Damon Albarn - “Lonely Press Play”
Caribou - “Can’t Do Without You”
Broods - “Mother and Father”
Antlers - “Hotel”
Alt-J - “Warm Foothills”

cheers! happy 2015!

Sunday Mixtape.

Royce Da 5'9’’ - Boom

Cappadonna - Good Wine

Black Milk - What It’s Worth

Skepta ft.A$AP Bari - It Ain’t Safe

Vince Staples - Screen Door

Run The Jewels - Angel Duster

Madchild - Tom Cruise

GZA/Genius - Paper Plate

M.F DOOM ft.Raekwon - Yessir! 

Wu-Tang Clan - The MGM

Prodigy ft.Roc Marciano - Death Sentence

Herbaliser ft.M.F. DOOM - It Aint Nuttin

Quasimoto - Discipline 99 pt.1

Flying Lotus - Moment of Hesitation



Within the river Yamunā there was a great lake, and in that lake the black serpent Kāliya used to live. Because of his poison, the whole area was so contaminated that it emanated a poisonous vapor twenty-four hours a day. Due to the poisonous effect of the Yamunā’s vapors, the trees and grass near the bank of the Yamunā had all dried up. Lord Kṛiṣhṇa saw the effect of the great serpent’s poison: the whole river that ran before Vṛndāvana was now deadly.

Kṛiṣhṇa, who advented Himself just to kill all undesirable elements in the world, immediately climbed up in a big kadamba tree on the bank of the Yamunā. After climbing to the top of the tree, He tightened His belt cloth and, flapping His arms just like a wrestler, jumped in the midst of the poisonous lake. The kadamba tree from which Kṛiṣhṇa had jumped was the only tree there which was not dead. When Lord Kṛiṣhṇa jumped into the water, the river overflooded its banks, as if something very large had fallen into it. 

When Kṛiṣhṇa was swimming about, just like a great strong elephant, He made a tumultuous sound which the great black serpent Kāliya could hear. The tumult was intolerable for him, and he could understand that this was an attempt to attack his home. Therefore he immediately came before Kṛiṣhṇa. Kāliya saw that Kṛishṇa was indeed worth seeing because His body was so beautiful and delicate; its color resembled that of a cloud, and His legs resembled a lotus flower. He was decorated with Śrīvatsa, jewels and yellow garments. He was smiling with a beautiful face and was playing in the river Yamunā with great strength.

But in spite of Kṛiṣhṇa’s beautiful features, Kāliya felt great anger within his heart, and thus he grabbed Kṛiṣhṇa with his mighty coils. Seeing the incredible way in which Kṛiṣhṇa was enveloped in the coils of the serpent, the affectionate cowherd boys and inhabitants of Vṛndāvana immediately became stunned out of fear.  All the cows, bulls and small calves became overwhelmed with grief, and they began to look at Him with great anxiety. While this scene was taking place on the bank of the Yamunā, there were ill omens manifest. The earth trembled, meteors fell from the sky, and the bodies of men shivered. All these are indications of great immediate danger.  

As soon as Nanda and Yaśodā and the cowherd men heard this news, they became even more anxious. Out of their great affection for Kṛiṣhṇa, unaware of the extent of Kṛiṣhṇa’s potencies, they became overwhelmed with grief and anxiety because they had nothing dearer than Kṛiṣhṇa . While this was happening, Balarāma, who is the master of all knowledge, stood there simply smiling. He knew how powerful His younger brother Kṛiṣhṇa .When mother Yaśodā arrived, she wanted to enter the river Yamunā, and being checked, she fainted. Mother Yaśodā remained still, as if dead, because her consciousness was concentrated on the face of Kṛiṣhṇa. Nanda and all others who dedicated everything, including their lives, to Kṛiṣhṇa, were ready to enter the waters of the Yamunā, but Lord Balarāma checked them because He was in perfect knowledge that there was no danger.

For two hours Kṛiṣhṇa remained like an ordinary child gripped in the coils of Kāliya,then suddenly ,He began to expand His body, and when the serpent tried to hold Him, he felt a great strain. On account of the strain, his coils slackened, and he had no other alternative but to let loose the Personality of Godhead, Kṛiṣhṇa, from his grasp. Kāliya then became very angry, and his great hoods expanded. He exhaled poisonous fumes from his nostrils, his eyes blazed like fire, and flames issued from his mouth. The great serpent remained still for some time, looking at Kṛiṣhṇa. Licking his lips with bifurcated tongues, the serpent looked at Kṛiṣhṇa with double hoods, and his eyesight was full of poison. Kṛiṣhṇa immediately pounced upon him, just as Garuḍa swoops upon a snake.

Thus attacked, Kāliya looked for an opportunity to bite Him, but Kṛiṣhṇa moved around him. As Kṛiṣhṇa and Kāliya moved in a circle, the serpent gradually became fatigued, and his strength seemed to diminish considerably. Kṛiṣhṇa immediately pressed down the serpent’s hoods and jumped up on them. The Lord’s lotus feet became tinged with red from the rays of the jewels on the snake’s hoods. Then He who is the original artist of all fine arts, such as dancing, began to dance upon the hoods of the serpent, although they were moving to and fro. Upon seeing this, denizens from the upper planets began to shower flowers, beat drums, play different types of flutes and sing various prayers and songs. In this way, all the denizens of heaven, such as the Gandharvas, Siddhas and demigods, became very pleased.Gradually, Kāliya was reduced to struggling for his very life. He vomited all kinds of refuse and exhaled fire. While throwing up poisonous material from within, Kāliya became reduced in his sinful situation. 

Then ever so slowly ,Kaliya  began to understand that Kṛiṣhṇa was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and he began to surrender unto Him. He realized that Kṛiṣhṇa was the Supreme Lord, the master of everything.The wives of the serpent, known as the Nāgapatnīs, saw that their husband was being subdued by the kicking of the Lord, within whose womb the whole universe remains. The Nāgapatnīs began to offer their prayers as follows:

“O dear Lord, You are equal to everyone. For You there is no distinction between Your sons, friends or enemies. Therefore the punishment which You have so kindly offered to Kāliya is exactly befitting. O Lord, You have descended especially for the purpose of annihilating all kinds of disturbing elements within the world, and because You are the Absolute Truth, there is no difference between Your mercy and punishment. We think, therefore, that this apparent punishment to Kāliya is actually some benediction. O dear Lord, we are simply astonished to see that he is so fortunate as to have the dust of Your lotus feet on his head. This is a fortune sought after by great saintly persons. Even the goddess of fortune underwent severe austerities just to have the blessing of the dust of Your lotus feet, so how is it that Kāliya is so easily getting this dust on his head? 

“They continued to pray “Our dear Lord, because You are the Supreme Person, You are living as the Supersoul within every living entity;  In other words, O Lord, You can see perfectly all the activities happening in every moment, in every hour, in every day, in every year, past, present and future. You are Yourself the universal form, and yet You are different from this universe. We therefore offer our respectful obeisances unto You. You are the ultimate goal of all philosophical efforts.You are the root of all evidences, and You are the Supreme Person who can bestow upon us the supreme knowledge. You are the cause of all kinds of desires, and You are the cause of all kinds of satisfaction. You are the Vedas personified. Therefore we offer You our respectful obeisances.You can order us and ask us to do whatever You please. Every living being can be relieved from all kinds of despair if he agrees to abide by Your orders.”After the Nāgapatnīs submitted their prayers, Lord Kṛiṣhṇa released Kāliya from his punishment.

Kāliya was already unconscious from being struck by the Lord. Upon regaining consciousness and being released from the punishment, Kāliya got back his life force and the working power of his senses. With folded hands, he humbly began to pray to the Supreme Lord Kṛiṣhṇa:  "My dear Lord, I have been born in such a species that by nature I am angry and envious, being in the darkest region of the mode of ignorance. Your Lordship knows well that it is very difficult to give up one’s natural instincts, although by such instincts the living creature transmigrates from one body to another.“ 

“ My dear Lord, I am born as a serpent; therefore, by natural instinct, I am very angry. How is it then possible to give up my acquired nature without Your mercy? It is very difficult to get out of the clutches of Your māyā. By Your māyā we remain enslaved. My dear Lord, kindly excuse me for my inevitable material tendencies. Now You can punish me or save me as You desire.”

After hearing this, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who was acting as a small human child, ordered the serpent thus: “You must immediately leave this place and go to the ocean. Leave without delay. You can take with you all your offspring, wives and everything that you possess. Don’t pollute the waters of the Yamunā. Let it be drunk by My cows and cowherd boys without hindrance." 

The Lord then declared that the order given to the Kāliya snake be recited and heard by everyone so that no one need fear Kāliya any longer.Anyone who hears the narration of the Kāliya serpent and his punishment will need fear no more the envious activities of snakes. The Lord also declared: "If one takes a bath in the Kāliya lake, where My cowherd boy friends and I have bathed, or if one, fasting for a day, offers oblations to the forefathers from the water of this lake, he will be relieved from all kinds of sinful reaction.” The Lord also assured Kāliya: “You came here out of fear of Garuḍa, who wanted to eat you in the beautiful land by the ocean. Now, after seeing the marks where I have touched your head with My lotus feet, Garuḍa will not disturb you.”

The Lord was pleased with Kāliya and his wives. Immediately after hearing His order, the wives began to worship Him .In this way they pleased the master of Garuḍa, of whom they were very much afraid. Then, obeying the orders of Lord Kṛiṣhṇa, all of them left the lake within the Yamunā.



Top 50 Albums of 2014

Here it is! My top 50 albums of the year.

1. FKA Twigs//LP1
2. Caribou//Our Love
3. Ty Segall//Manipulator
4. How To Dress Well//What Is This Heart?
5. Flying Lotus//You’re Dead!
6. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib//Pinata
7. The War On Drugs//Lost In The Dream
8. Todd Terje//It’s Album Time
9. Run The Jewels//Run The Jewels 2
10. Real Estate//Atlas
11. Iceage//Plowing into the Field of Love
12. Aphex Twin//Syro
13. Perfume Genius//Too Bright
14. Woods//With Light And With Love
15. Hundred Waters//The Moon Rang Like A Bell
16. Mac Demarco//Salad Days
17. Cloud Nothings//Here And Nowhere Else
18. Ariel Pink//Pom Pom
19. Ought//More Than Any Other Day
20. Sun Kil Moon//Benji
21. Spoon//They Want My Soul
22. Vince Staples//Hell Can Wait
23. Grouper//Ruins
24. Parquet Courts//Sunbathing Animal
25. Clipping//CLPPNG
26. St. Vincent//St. Vincent
27. A Sunny Day In Glasgow//Sea When Absent
28. Angel Olsen//Burn Your Fire For No Witness
29. SBTRKT//Wonder Where We Land
30. Mr. Twin Sister//Mr. Twin Sister
31. Sharon Van Etten//Are We There
32. The New Pornographers//Brill Bruisers
33. Ben Frost//Aurora
34. Total Control//Typical System
35. East India Youth//Total Strife Forever
36. Lykke Li//I Never Learn
37. Makthaverskan//II
38. White Lung//Deep Fantasy
39. The Men//Tomorrow’s Hits
40. EMA//The Future’s Void
41. Swans//To Be Kind
42. Isaiah Rashad//Cilvia Demo
43. Tinashe//Aquarius
44. Ex Hex//Rips
45. DJ Dodger Stadium//Friend Of Mine
46. Open Mike Eagle//Dark Comedy
47. Owen Pallett//In Conflict
48. Toki Wright + Big Cats//Pangea
49. Protomartyr//Under Color Of Official Right
50. YG//My Krazy Life