Description Most flags, prayerstones, prayerwheels and chants contain the worlds Om Mani Padme Hum. Many times incorrectly translated as 'Hail, the jewel in the lotus', the actual meaning is a bit deeper. This is what the Dalai Lama tells about it:'It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast... The first, Om, symbolize the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha''The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method-the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.''The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom''Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility''Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha' -- H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatzo(See also Wikipedia.) These huge carved walls are found on the way to Everest Basecamp, Nepali side. These are quite visible, but some of the smaller carved rocks are overgrown or worn out and hardly recognizable. I traveled with my Nepali friend Ang Phurba, who was a lama and he made sure I passed every rock that had the vaguest scratch on them on the left, as is customary. So I think I made quite a few extra miles scrambling over small passages, but my reward came when Ang Phurba did not see one of the stones himself and I could just grab his shoulder and lead him to the left :) Actually, this image is not Black & White, nor a landscape in the classical sense, it is a colour shot, but the land and walls themselves where scap
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..