While in Germany last year, I went to visit a place called the Lotus Garden. It’s a place of tranquility with little waterways, statues, ponds, and places to just sit and be still. It was there that a dragonfly landed on my hand and brought me a message shortly after Mom’s death. I have associated Mom as this messenger ever since and it is said that newly deceased loved ones turn into dragonflies so they can start their ascend towards heaven.
As you enter the gardens, I stepped into the Asgard, and passed through this tall red gate, called a Torii. Until now, I didn’t give it any special meaning and thought it to be a decorative piece of architecture. And then I came across the meaning and wished I would have known before I stepped through it. Next time…as there will surely be another.
What this Torii resembles is a traditional Japanese artificial gate building where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred, like the holy Mt. Fuji.
How cool is that….