Sunday, April 6, 2008
3 Wise Monkeys, Philip Glass
I've always loved Japanese and Chinese stamps (or chops), especially the red ink stamps on Zen calligraphy and paintings. My 3 wise monkeys stamp (or chop) was based on small figurines I saw at the Gandhi Museum in India. I use it on letters and such.
Sunday, March 1, 1992
This afternoon we visited Gandhi's Memorial Park and Museum. I saw people in the most intense colors -- primarily oranges, golden yellows, magentas and reds. Like flowers. I can't help observing the contrast of filth, grime, pollution with the brightness and joy of color.
Gandhi's Museum had all sorts of photos and objects relating to his life and teachings.I wanted to shoot some photos of displays but hesitated both because I thought they wouldn't come out and because it didn't feel proper.
A few of my favorite displays were: a small inset with the words "His Masters" in English and Hindi under tiny figurines of 3 monkeys with their hands over their ears, eyes and mouths (hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil) which in turn were under a small crude set of wood mala beads. Also a replica of his room, a pocket watch (I didn't know Gandhi had a pockets) and 3 of his teeth.
The greatest impact was entering a room containing a glass case enclosing his blood stained garment and a bullet removed from his body. I actually "felt" a tangible energy. I also saw some photos which reminded me of Philip Glass's opera "Satyagraha." . . .