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The scroll is hand printed on silk noil (raw silk) and is about 22 inches long and 5 inches wide, hanging off bamboo and the black cord with bell will add another 8 to 10 inches to the length.

This original design and poem/prayer was inspired by the endangered Green Sea Turtle and the experience my son had meeting one.

Bubbles rising, breaking through
the sea’s vast surface;

the old turtle breathes,

and sinks,

My son Casey called me on a satellite phone from the US Coast Guard Cutter Farallon, to let me know how he was, and what was going on, when he was startled by a sound and saw bubbles rising, followed by a sea turtle emerging beside his anchored ship. As he watched the turtle took a breath and then sank again into the ocean.

"Universe-toting turtles" .....there are Native American stories about a turtle who carries a pile of earth on its back out of which grows the world. In some stories the turtle is swimming in a vast ocean, which is an especially beautiful analogy.

I once heard this story from a Buddhist teacher, Chagdud Gonpa Rinpoche, who compared the possibility of life to a wooden cattle-yoke floating on the waves of the sea, tossed this way and that by the winds and currents. The likelihood of a blind turtle, rising from the depths of the ocean to the surface once in a hundred years, putting its head through the hole in the yoke is considered greater than that of achieving birth as a human.

I have used the the 24th hexagram from the I Ching (Translating:The Book of Change), an ancient treasure of insight and wisdom, an organic guide to the way things change.
This Character is called Return, which describes a welcome return, that is natural and without force.

Let us celebrate turtles and life!

Let us dance now!
Let us not wait for the world to be better,
Let us help to make it better!!

Silk Scroll (Green Sea Turtle) Endangered Species - Turtle - Sea Turtle - What Goes Around Comes Around - Home Decor - Under the Sea