Sunday, January 17, 2010

Full Vessel on Pillar of Life

One of the trees near the Ashram is a Peepul Tree that Sr. Celestine planted, from a small sapling that she collected from the first convent which the sisters of ‘St Joseph of Tarbes’ established in India. Here she has erected a pillar which is surmounted by the Full Vessel, or Purna Kumbham, that symbolizes life. This image of the Pillar with the Vessel of Life, can be compared to the pillar inside the Mandappam, where Caroline has designed in beaten metal, a symbol of the Burning Bush, or Pillar of Fire, that led the Hebrew People to the Promised land.

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