Re: Artistry in the Sand from Tiny Crabs
- 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, sharani_sharani
>If I step
> A universe of natural wonder beckons from all corners of the globe.
> through the doorway of awe and attention, nothing less than magicawaits
> whatever the address. Equipped with the naturalist and explorer'scombination
> 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 mycamera
> in case adventure paid me a visit. While I tried to immerse myselfin the
> character, the sand quickly diverted my attention while it shiftedas if alive
> under my feet. Little holes popped up all over like littleblowholes on a whale.
> In the blink of an eye, tiny crabs the same colour of the sandscurried about
> and disappeared down into the sand or appeared up from beneath thesand.
> 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 atonce, my
> script had turned into a knee rest to protect my freshly launderedpants. It was
> all I could do to keep myself from lying down completely to watchthe crabs
> with complete fascination so that I could better understand theirworld.
> Mostly they disappear under the sand as soon as you come close to
> Actually observing them took some degree of patience and quiet. AsI left the
> world of people aside, I finally began to understand that thesecrabs would
> create a little hole by carrying drops of wet sand up and out ofthe hole and
> then place the sand carefully around them, first creating their ownversion of a
> sandcastle with walls for their little hole. Sometimes as soon asthey noticed
> me looking at them or trying to take a photo they disappear backinto the hole.
> Somehow I must have eventually adjusted myself more to theirwavelength
> because as time passed and I moved slowly along the beach, I hadbetter and
> better luck co-existing near them without them scurrying away.of spiral
> I was rather overcome with awe as I realized that this vast network
> designs painted on the sand was the handiwork of tinier than thetiniest crabs
> (most of the ones I saw were no bigger than my fingernail). Thesedesigns in
> the sand looked just like mandalas created by a human artist. Itried to capture
> their artistry with my camera but I must confess that the picturesI will put in my
> gallery album might not do them justice.large blue
> 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 tocapture a photo
> of it from a closer view but I kept stopping, setting my camera toclose-up view
> and kneeling back down in the sand mesmerized by the tiny crabs.They so
> completely captivated my attention that by the time I got back tothe hotel the
> kite flyer was long gone.great
> Did you ever know that sand crabs are artists adept at creating
> masterpieces? I am continually amazed at the diversity and grandeurof
> Nature. It matters not whether I am a mere short distance from myhouse
> observing swans and ducks or thousands of miles away walking on abeach
> instead of a bike path. The common denominator seems to be that onestep
> through the doorway of awe offers a sweeping journey into thedomain of
> beauty. And I find adopting the viewpoint of a naturalist bringsthe deepest
> peace and satisfaction imaginable.aspects of God's
> It truly is a meditation for me. Finding divinity in the smallest
> creation only enhances its glory. Gratitude blossoms inside meevery time I
> am so lucky to walk through that doorway of awe, which can bevisited in
> every clime. I can only wish that someday you would also be luckyenough to
> discover the crab artists busy at work turning a sandy beach into ahandiwork in my
> p.s. I have included a few photos of these crabs and their
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