Gold, frankincense and myrrh – gifts fit for a king.
What exactly do they represent?
Is it the three levels of existence, the heavenly/spiritual, the material and the underworld? Or might they be representative of a distant echo as ancient as humans that understands that our lives are subject to three primal forces, those of creation, maintenance and destruction.
Frankincense symbolises the ethereal and spiritual aspects of our being. Gold represents the joys, preciousness and beauty of our earthly existence. Myrrh is a resin derived from a short thorny bush with medicinal properties that make it suitable for embalming bodies.
In belief systems that encapsulate these 3 forces there is an understanding and acceptance of the impermanence of everything. Nothing lasts but nothing is lost.
While standing at the sea-shore this evening, I watched the sun gracefully approaching the horizon under a canvas of pinks, purples and blues. Directly behind me the moon slowly emerged in all its splendor from behind the trees. The 2 perfect spheres exactly the same size! Whose design is this? I wonder.
Eid (the festival celebrating the birth of Prophet Mohammad) and Christmas, both are being celebrated today. Is the universe trying to tell us something? Are we going to ignore it again?
Well, I wish you a wonderful day wherever you are and whatever you are or aren’t celebrating. Here is something I heard today that made me smile. Saagar would have smiled too. Here it is …
“One fine day, in the middle of the night
Two dead men got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
One was blind and one couldn’t speak
So they called in a dummy for referee
A blind man came to see fair play
A mute man came to shout hooray.
A paralyzed donkey walking by
Kicked the blind man in the eye
Knocked them through a nine inch wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
If you don’t believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man, he saw it too.”