“The blissful state reveals itself as a shining light, as a luminescence permeating the still field of the mind. There is a sense of light from an undefined “above,” silence, a fullness of vitality, and deep rest.” Ivan M. Granger
This mandala was made with a photo from NASA, with a bit of tweaking on the colour.
This oblique view featuring a crater named International Astronomical Union (IAU) Crater 302 was photographed by the Apollo 10 astronauts in May of 1969. One of the astronauts aimed a handheld 70mm camera at the surface from lunar orbit for a series of pictures in this area.
Everything you could ever want to know about the source photo can be found here.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan
This mandala comes from an astonishing NASA image of earth at night taken from the International Space Station. Space Flight Now, the site where I found the image, explains:
From 220 miles above Earth, this nighttime photo features the bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt on the Mediterranean coast. The Nile River and its delta stand out clearly as well. On the horizon, the airglow of the atmosphere is seen across the Mediterranean.
What an image to take in fully; the tiny ribbon of atmosphere at the edge of the picture, the lights along the Nile in a state-of-the art-look at an ancient land and the idea that someone was 220 miles above the earth with a camera taking it. Wonderful – in every sense of the word.
Have a good week, everyone.