O Master, Lord my God, in Whose hands is my destiny: Help me according to Thy mercy, and leave me not to perish in my transgressions, nor allow me to follow them who place desires of the flesh over those of the spirit. I am Thy creation; disdain not the work of Thy hands. Turn not away; be compassionate and humiliate me not, neither scorn me, O Lord, as I am weak. I have fled unto Thee as my Protector and God. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. Save me for Thy mercy’s sake, for I have cleaved unto Thee from my youth; let me who seeks Thee not be put to shame by being rejected by Thee for mine unclean actions, unseemly thoughts, and unprofitable remembrances. Drive away from me every filthy thing and excess of evil. For Thou alone art holy, alone mighty, and alone immortal, in all things having unexcelled might, which, through Thee, is given to all that strive against the devil and the might of his armies. For unto Thee is due all glory, honor and worship: To the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
This spectacular white building is called Wat Rong Khun or The White Temple. It’s a Buddhist temple located in Northern Thailand just outside the city of Chiang Rai. Designed by Thai visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997, The White Temple is an awesome blend of traditional Thai architecture and both beautiful and grotesque surreal elements. It’s as much a work of art as it is a building devoted to learning and meditation.
"To reach the temple you have to walk over a bridge over a moat filled with innumerable sculptures of out-reaching arms, apparently symbolizing desire. Once inside, you will be greeted not by traditional Buddha life scenarios but by contemporary scenes and icons of popular culture. Instead of paintings of heroes fighting demons, the artist decided to take contemporary manifestations of good and evil and put it into a Buddhist context. Murals of Batman, Superman, Predator and even Keanu Reeves as Neo from The Matrix are seen in the interior."
Although it’s already an incredibly impressive sight, Wat Rong Khun is still a work in progress. The temple sits on 3 acres of property that will eventually include a phra ubosot (prayer room), pagoda, hermitage, crematorium, monastery hall, preaching hall, museum, pavilion and rest room facilities.
Acoustic jars are ceramic vessels found set into the walls, and sometimes into the sides of cavities beneath the floors, of medieval churches. They are believed to have been intended to improve the sound of singing, and to have been inspired by the theories of Vitruvius.
La Virgen niña dormida
Francisco de Zurbaran - The Virgin Mary as a Child, Asleep
The lovely sleeping young girl seems to have come directly out of one of the many canticles or poems composed in Seville in honour of the Virgin during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: “I am a little brown-haired maiden, prettier than the iris and the rose and the flower of the lily”, sings the poet Diego Cortés. The only painter, no doubt, to represent the young girl at such a tender age, Zurbarán sees her haloed with seraphim, glowing with divine love. Mary here adopts the pose of the Virgin of Humility, seated on the ground and resting her face on her left hand.
If anyone knows about life’s ups, downs and daily challenges it’s Skeletor, Evil Lord of Destruction and sworn enemy of He-Man. Although he’s a villain, when Skeletor isn’t menacing all of Eternia (and sometimes while he is), he’s also working on improving himself.
It’s a daily struggle, but he’s making great progress, mostly thanks to the invaluable guidance of his life coach S. Elizabeth, who documents his journey of self-actualization here on Tumblr at an awesome blog called Heal Yourself, Skeletor.
"Skeletor is experiencing the profound emptiness and isolation of human existence. Follow his journey to positive mental health through daily affirmations."
You can follow Skeletor’s progress and share in his self-improvement efforts here via skeletorislove or over on Facebook and Instagram. You could also, dress as Skeletor and start providing life coaching to those in need.
We also recommend visiting Geekquality for a wonderful interview with S. Elizabeth and Skeletor himself.