|Sophia. Goddess of Wisdom. She is 24 feet tall and stands on a 48 foot pedestal. She was erected in 2000. (A statue of Lenin had previously occupied that spot.) Six years later, in 2006, I stood before her and prayed. I had been flown to Sofia, the Bulgarian city that bears her name, to deliver a briefing on cyber war and terrorism at a NATO conference.|
Photo Credit: Matti Blume. 2018. CC BY-SA 4.0
Yes, we are in a war, a real world, a 21st century war, an asymmetric war, you can call it WWIII if that helps you focus (unless you're saving that term for nuclear conflict, which would be understandable).
Russian icon of Saint Christopher. Мученик Христофор. XVII в.
Museum of Rostov Kremlin
The Diamond Sutra was hidden in a cave, on the Silk Road, at the edge of the Gobi Desert, a thousand years ago. In 1900, a monk discovered it and now the seventeen-and-a-half-foot-long scroll rests in the British Library. It is considered the oldest, dated, extant book on the planet.
|"The Buddha, surrounded by 9 disciples, an imperial court, bodhisattvas, and other celestial beings, instructs his tenth chief disciple, the kneeling Subhutii ..." - A page from the Diamond Sutra, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty, i.e. 868 CE.|
|Table of the Sephiroth in Circles|
Isaac Meyer: "Qabbalah, Philosophical Writings of Solomon Ben Yehuda Ibn Gabirol ..." (1888), p. 100
In both "Wyrds” and “Dragon,” I wrote of the Voice, a mysterious presence that has been with me all my life. It speaks only very rarely but always with profound import. Recently, it spoke again. At 4 a.m.
|Judy Chicago - Sophia Place Setting, 1974-1979, The Dinner Party. Brooklyn