Monastery in McLeodGanj, Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh,India
Mahayana material offerings might be imbued with the following symbology, the lighting of a candle or an oil lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance.
“Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare; eyes gazing over a landscape bare. Memories drift on a blustery breeze; dying light ushers in the freeze. Reaching out for a grasp on the present; stillness sets in, alone, and desolate. Future unknown, outcome uncertain; brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain. Path now set, laid before me known; closing light now emanating from home. Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee; two eyes of the future peering upward at me. Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled; Basis of strength, values I have instilled. A wary mind at last permitted to rest; reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed. :- Michael A. Barron, Winter’s Epiphany
Silence is a source of great strength. : Lao Tzu
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.; Harvey Fierstein
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.; Aldous Huxley
All other knowledge are only petty and trivial knowledge; the experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge. – Ramana Maharshi