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Seven Steps
Around the Sacred Fire

Seven Steps
Around the Sacred Fire
by Meena Schaldenbrand of Plymouth, Michigan

Techniques Used:

Orange aluminum can, angelina fibers, beads, brass, charms, lace, metallic lace, ribbons, sequins, sheers, trims, Tyvek, fiberglass window screen; my wedding chunni

Artist Statement:

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.

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