Vishnu Sand Sculpture

IMG_0627Several years ago in Florida, I  paddled alone in my kayak to a deserted sandbar island (Shell Key, near Fort DeSoto), and there, with no other sign of humanity, saw this charming, obviously recent, carving in the sand.  I could see for miles, and I was alone.  I recognized the carving immediately.  It is a variation of the Vishnu image described in the previous posting.

In this version, Vishnu is sleeping on a thousand-headed serpent floating on the Cosmic Ocean while his wife massages his feet (an obvious metaphor).  The thousand heads rise up and shield him from the sun.  He is dreaming of the universe, and we are only images in his dream.  When he wakes, our world will be gone.

Hindus have it right.  The entire universe that we accept as real is only patterns of tiny electrical connections between the neurons of our brain, no different than in a dream.

The following year, I stayed overnight on this same island, sleeping between the dunes in my tiny bivy tent with only shear netting between me and the stars above, feeling like Vishnu himself.

Great job, whoever carved this.  The carver could never have expected anyone would see it, much less photograph it, post it in a blog years later, and be read by you.  But Vishnu sleeps on, and the dream continues.

(Click on the image to enlarge it . . . and you should for this one.)

RWalck@Verizon.net

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About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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