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The Jewel Under the Lotus Kaleidsoscope
This is one of Massimo's earliest kaleidoscopes! It's been a popular 'scope here at stowe craft gallery since we first had it 20+ years ago.The tube is long compared to the diameter of the kaleidoscope. With this design, you see a sharp. 8 pointed star floating at the end of the kaleidoscope.
Massimo says he was inspired by the symbols represented on a copper and brass incense holder, and by the mantra of compassion which is inscribed in sanscrit around the cover: "Om mani padme hum" which is sometimes translated in english as "the jewel under the lotus", hence the name. Itself.
the optic system has 2 mirrors forming a mandala with 8 points, just like the lotus flower's petals. Also, 8 refers to the bodhisattva as well as the auspicious symbols in tibetan buddhismby meditating on each of the 8 points of this mandala you may achieve a blessed state of balance and harmony. Or you may just want to enjoy the beauty of the mandala and the calming effects of the patterns and colors of the oil chamber, which is filled with a mixture of glass, crystal, and semiprecious stones, including: Amethyst, aquamarine, garnet, citrine, iolite, peridots, and quartz
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