Thank you, Sharani, for your thoughtful, entertaining and profound
post- as always!
You write with a simplicity which belies the depth and genuine
inspiration of your thought.
Thanks for taking us frozen locals "right there" to that distant
beach to see those sea crabs and mandalas.
With sincere gratitude,
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com
> A universe of natural wonder beckons from all corners of the globe.
If I step
> through the doorway of awe and attention, nothing less than magic
> whatever the address. Equipped with the naturalist and explorer's
> perspective, God's natural creation sings a symphony of majesty.
> I ventured out onto the ocean beach for a stroll carrying the odd
> of a script to memorize my lines for an upcoming performance and my
> in case adventure paid me a visit. While I tried to immerse myself
> character, the sand quickly diverted my attention while it shifted
as if alive
> under my feet. Little holes popped up all over like little
blowholes on a whale.
> In the blink of an eye, tiny crabs the same colour of the sand
> and disappeared down into the sand or appeared up from beneath the
> The sand was also formed into a vast mosaic of mandala shapes that
> appeared to be like bursts of fireworks exploding on the sand. Some
> had tiny mounds that were perfectly formed spirals. Sooner than at
> script had turned into a knee rest to protect my freshly laundered
pants. It was
> all I could do to keep myself from lying down completely to watch
> with complete fascination so that I could better understand their
> Mostly they disappear under the sand as soon as you come close to
> Actually observing them took some degree of patience and quiet. As
I left the
> world of people aside, I finally began to understand that these
> create a little hole by carrying drops of wet sand up and out of
the hole and
> then place the sand carefully around them, first creating their own
version of a
> sandcastle with walls for their little hole. Sometimes as soon as
> me looking at them or trying to take a photo they disappear back
into the hole.
> Somehow I must have eventually adjusted myself more to their
> because as time passed and I moved slowly along the beach, I had
> better luck co-existing near them without them scurrying away.
> I was rather overcome with awe as I realized that this vast network
> designs painted on the sand was the handiwork of tinier than the
> (most of the ones I saw were no bigger than my fingernail). These
> the sand looked just like mandalas created by a human artist. I
tried to capture
> their artistry with my camera but I must confess that the pictures
I will put in my
> gallery album might not do them justice.
> As I made my way back towards the hotel, in the distance I saw a
> kite being flown in the sky on the beach. My intention was to
capture a photo
> of it from a closer view but I kept stopping, setting my camera to
> and kneeling back down in the sand mesmerized by the tiny crabs.
> completely captivated my attention that by the time I got back to
the hotel the
> kite flyer was long gone.
> Did you ever know that sand crabs are artists adept at creating
> masterpieces? I am continually amazed at the diversity and grandeur
> Nature. It matters not whether I am a mere short distance from my
> observing swans and ducks or thousands of miles away walking on a
> instead of a bike path. The common denominator seems to be that one
> through the doorway of awe offers a sweeping journey into the
> beauty. And I find adopting the viewpoint of a naturalist brings
> peace and satisfaction imaginable.
> It truly is a meditation for me. Finding divinity in the smallest
aspects of God's
> creation only enhances its glory. Gratitude blossoms inside me
every time I
> am so lucky to walk through that doorway of awe, which can be
> every clime. I can only wish that someday you would also be lucky
> discover the crab artists busy at work turning a sandy beach into a
> p.s. I have included a few photos of these crabs and their
handiwork in my
> Latest Travels-2005 albums available at: