Agni: archetypal image of the creative force

Agni and his consort, circa 1800
Agni and his consort, circa 1800. US public domain via wikimedia
It is said that Agni is the first-born; that Agni is the God of fire. Agni is an image of the creative force.

In the above image we see the Hindu deity Agni and his consort Svaha.  Agni appears in his dual nature, with two heads he faces both God and man.

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Overflowing thoughts

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An 85-year old Ivatan woman sitting at her house’s door by Anne Jimenes, 2007, Creative Commons

A peaceful woman sat quietly on her front porch drinking her tea and watching the birds frolic. One day a stranger was walking by and saw the peaceful woman sitting on the porch. Taken by her calm abiding, she asked if she could join her. The peaceful woman welcomed the stranger, and offered her a cup of tea.

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Sacred Visions of the Ordinary

Coffin of Imam 'Ali, Folio from a Falnama (The Book of Omens) of Ja'far al-Sadiq, mid-1550s–early 1560s. US Public Domain wikimedia
Coffin of Imam ‘Ali, Folio from a Falnama (The Book of Omens) of Ja’far al-Sadiq, mid-1550s–early 1560s. US Public Domain wikimedia

The Sufi poets say that there is a sacred organ of perception. With this sacred organ one can see the world of angels. We can develop such an organ, and with it we might just see angels all around us: the humming birds that feed off the bright red flowers in summertime, the little beetles that go about doing their busy work all day, even our neighbors who do similar busy work. All beings are angels when perceived through the sacred organ of perception, and they are little devils as well.

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