Posts Tagged ‘Gardens’
Central Park is “a specimen of God’s handiwork” that its designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) said would heal “the hundreds of thousands of tired workers” of their “vital exhaustion,” “nervous irritation” and “constitutional depressions.”
Among the collection of what Priest Valamiki Sahadeo calls his “highly worshiped plants” is the tulsi basil, which is seen as an incarnation of a god and the foundation of any Hindu garden. In the classic Hindu myth, “The Churning of the Cosmic Ocean,” the Lord Vishnu spawned Tulsi Basil from the turbulent seas as an aid for all mankind. At home the herb purifies, pacifies and harmonizes. Indian lore also teaches that the plant drives away mosquitoes and is a cure for blood and skin diseases. Hindu teachers say that Tulsi Basil helps keep the mind healthy and free of worries so that a worshipper at a temple can concentrate on the gods. It is given to the dying for a blessing and to raise their souls to heaven.
Back to the Garden. A national movement to “bear good fruit in every good deed.” Series: God in NYC Gardens
“Back to the garden” is a new way of doing faith that adds a missional tweak to traditional gardening. Across the nation, congregations and ministries are planting sweet corn around their sites, mobilizing gardening networks for the needy, and rediscovering the value of low-tech, high-touch community.
In the days when police wore T-shirts in Brooklyn that said “The Killing Fields” to signify that the borough had the highest-proof cocktail of violence and mayhem in the nation, Phillip Foster started “The Garden of Gethsemane” in the middle of a burnt-out district in Ocean Hill-Brownsville. Two blocks away, Mike Tyson spent his troubled [...]
In the 1970s a few reckless souls dared to try to put back together their bombed out neighborhoods in the Lower East Side. One free-spirited hippie named Adam Purple sprang into action as the buildings around him crumbled into smoking heaps and bodies piled up. He was haunted by the face of a mother [...]
The beginnings of Western civilization was rooted in the cultivation of gardens by Saint Benedict. You can get a glimpse of this seminal process at the Cuxa Cloister Garth Garden at The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the northern tip of Manhattan. The garden’s medieval herbs and modern plants [...]