Around the Sacred Fire
Around the Sacred Fire by Meena Schaldenbrand of Plymouth, Michigan
Orange aluminum can, angelina fibers, beads, brass, charms, lace, metallic lace, ribbons, sequins, sheers, trims, Tyvek, fiberglass window screen; my wedding chunni
All Hindu auspicious beginnings include a sacred fire which is symbolic of Agni, the Fire God and it is through fire, our prayers are said to reach God. During a marriage ceremony, the couple takes 7 steps, Saptapadi, around the fire and each step represents a vow.
Step 1: We pray to be blessed with an abundance of nourishing food.
Step 2: We will develop mental, physical and spiritual strength together.
Step 3: We will be blessed with prosperity and share our worldly goods.
Step 4: We will fill our hearts with great joy, peace and happiness.
Step 5: We will share the responsibilities of raising strong and virtuous children
Step 6: We will live in harmony together.
Step 7: We will be the best of friends forever.