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The completed Rangoli  

The completed Rangoli

Rangoli Zen

December 16th 2016
Suriya always includes a message in her Rangoli. ”We cannot touch the top of a tree—the branches get too thin and weak, and we would break them if we tried to climb them. So we must instead touch the sky.” That is the message of today’s Rangoli. Today is the first day of Margali, a month-long observance when the nights are longer and the air is cooler. And for each day of the month, wome ... read more
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18th December 2016

Rangoli Zen, indeed!
So many meaningful parts to the process--being present and allowing the design/life to evolve as a meditation, the creativity and variety of the thirty days of different rangolis, and then acknowledging the impermanence of the art work/life, not letting it just fade away, but choosing to let it go while still at its height of beauty. And then with such narrow walkways filled with mandalas, everyone would need to walk more mindfully in this month--a blessing to all.
19th December 2016

Rangoli magic
Tara, all great observations. And here we are with a more western approach, analyzing, labeling, defining, and thinking about the process and product, and the women just do it and allow it to flow, letting it be the organic process that it is.

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