October 2014 Newsletter
Journey of Life - The Further One Travels the Less One Knows
“Necessity is the mother of invention”, this one of my favorite proverbs which is attributed to one of my favorite philosophers - Plato (the other one is “Grace under pressure….). This proverb proves it’s punctuality time and again in my life. Recently, when I was working on another order of the Journey of Life ring, I realized that it is almost impossible to find a stone that will fit perfectly into this design. So, I’ve simply decided to change it! While doing so I’ve noticed that I have on the workbench, this beautiful ancient Roman coin bearing a glyph of a soldier riding a horse, and on the spot, this beautiful image of a new design sneaked into my mind and was molded into the physical realm.
New Journey of Life Pendant
The design itself is a combination of different cultures, different styles, different eras all encapsulating the essence of the human voyage. At the center there is a replica I've made of the ancient Roman coin from my private collection. The writing around it is in Hebrew and I actually took it from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". It says: “Father of the four winds, fill my sails across the sea of years". The meaning of the four words in Hebrew on the outer frame is "The further one travels the less one knows" taken from the Tao te Ching.
There are different meanings and layers in this piece. Our protagonist - the Roman soldier building empires that eventually crumble down through the sea of years, therefore seeking refuge from the delusions of this world-hence the prayer surrounding the glyph.
The Hebrew letters/fonts were taken from the Dead Sea Scrolls that were written by Essenes during the times of the second temple in Jerusalem, and were actually destroyed by the Roman empire. It is a symbol of the false human perception of the “us and them”, and the false dualistic perception.
Over the course of time we change roles as friends and foes, but beyond this illusion there is only Oneness and unity. The four words on the outer frame are the final lesson that each of us can take. It says “The further one travels the less one knows” taken from the Tao Te Ching, probably the best book ever written. This entire concept is meant to lead the wearer of the pendant to the realization that this entire world is his inner interpretation and that his source of knowledge and strength is always within him.
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Thank you for reading
Enjoy the Cosmic Joke!!
David and Ka-Gold Team