Persian Dervish - Paris Exhibition
Persian Dervish at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Dervish or Darvesh in Persian usually refers to a person who is a 'seeker of the truth' i.e. 'universal truth'. Within the Islamic tradition such people are often known as Sufis, Sufi, 'people of the way' or mystics and they come from every strata of society; here monetary considerations are inapplicable since the situation is that of a deep personal inner spiritual longing. There are in existence a number Sufi Orders many of which bear the name of a great saint and within these orders various practices have continued over the centuries in order to assist generations of 'seekers' whose desire is to be brought to 'reality' itself. It is said that the number of ways to reality/truth exceeds the number of grains of sand on the beach. It may be noted that this infinite number of ways to truth can even start at a point beyond religion, ultimately 'the truth' is an univeral quality."
© Mary Evans Picture Library/Grenville Collins
Fig Tree growing out of a tomb in Watford Churchyard
A Fig Tree growing out of a tomb in Watford Churchyard - the legend runs that a lady buried in the vault from which the tree is growing was an atheist, and that on her death-bed she adhered to the tenet that expressed a wish that a fig tree might grow out of her heart if there were a God.... Local thought today is that the growth of the fig tree is more likely down to the vicars preference for eating figs as he walked to church, spitting the pips out as he went. It is also unlikely that an atheist would have occupied such an impressive tomb, so close to the church! Date: circa 1920s
Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa. Inscription that marks the
Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa. Old City. Inscription that marks the place of the encounter between Jesus and Veronica, the woman who wiped with a handkerchief the face of Jesus.
© Thaliastock / Mary Evans
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