Monthly Archives: December 2011

Nativity Scenes

The First Nowell

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Silent Night, Holy Night

The original version of the most famous Christmas Carol of all was written in for 2 voices and guitar and was first performed at Christmas mass in 1818. ” Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) Original version

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The story is the teaching

Adyashanti on the story of Jesus Christ Consciousness Within

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School of Truth

O fool, do something, so you won’t just stand there looking dumb. If you are not traveling and on the road, how can you call yourself a guide? In the School of Truth, one sits at the feet of the … Continue reading

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In natali domini

Looking at early nativity scenes and their symbolism. This one is from the Bergognone, a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. I am intrigued by the half rotten apple and the ” vitarca mudra” the Madonna is forming with her hands. … Continue reading

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Carol of the bells

..more magic

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Christmas Magic

What would  Christmas be without the Nutcracker Suite ? This version is from the 1940 Walt Disney film ” Fantasia”

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Chocolate dreams

I am dreaming of a sweet Christmas…

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I and thou

Blessed time! when we are sitting, I and thou, With two forms and only one soul, I and thou. Fragrance, song of birds, they quicken ev’rything When we come into the garden, I and thou. All the stars of heaven … Continue reading

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Away in a manger

The nativity scenes at Christmas go back to St Francis of Asisi in the 13th century. Many churches in Austria have very elaborate, valuable and old pieces at display. This is a particularly beautiful one from Mariazell:

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