a warm wind ripples
bright rainbow of prayers unfolds
in Tibetan sky
freedom echoes in mantras
across the Himalayas
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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My response to Carpe Diem #1199 prayer flags, messengers for the gods
In the first episode of June at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Chèvrefeuille is taking us on a journey to discover the beauty of Tibet, a wonderful spiritual country high up in the Himalayas, and he has called it ‘Tibet … a magical experience’.
He tells us that in the Himalayas you can find a lot of sacred places where passers-by have left a silk, linen or cotton prayer flags all in a range of colours that have their own sacred meaning. They are printed with mantras, prayers for peace, good will and wisdom. The idea behind these flags is that, with every movement in the wind, a little bit of the strength and power of the prayer is freed. When the wind moves them, the air is cleansed and the intention of the prayer is spread into the world on the shoulder of the wind. After a while, the prayer flags perish and it’s time for new ones.