Saturday, December 3, 2011

"...The world is a Bridge..."

This morning, right after I woke up at 4 a.m., something that I don't usually look at on my wall caught my eye, and then I remembered that today is the day that my mother died suddenly of a massive heart attack in 1994. What I saw was my mother's calligraphy and ink drawing with a quote she was given by a friend:

"Isa (Jesus), son of Mary said: 'The world is a Bridge , pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.'"

Original Persian:
-"عیسی پسر مریم (در آنان می شود صلح) گفت :' جهان است پل ، عبور بیش از آن است ، اما هیچ ساخت خانه بر آن او امیدوار است که برای یک روز ، ممکن است برای ابدیت امیدواریم ، اما ماندگار جهان اما ساعت آن را صرف در دعا و نماز برای استراحت است نهان ".'

That's my mother at Anchor Bay, California, just north of where my parents lived from the 1970s until her death in 1994. I believe she is in her 70s in that photo.

I am feeling close to her today, although it wasn't always that way.


Taradharma said...

that's a grand photo of your mother. It's a profound feeling to be in touch with someone long after they have passed from this existence...makes me wonder at the mystery of it all. I'm glad you were feeling close to her today.

(Love her feet in flip flops despite the wind and cold!)

am said...

Me, too (-:

Anonymous said...

It is a grand thing to have such a photo of your mom, in her 70s happily waving from the beach. And, as Tara notices, in her flip-flops. Your mom so obviously loved the moment.