Sunday, 2 December 2012


2nd December, 2012

The 2nd of December is the 'Day of Spirit'. 

A Henna website shares the following: 

'Rashi, a Jewish scholar from 11th c France, interpreted this passage that the clusters of henna flowers were a metaphor for forgiveness and absolution, showing that God forgave those who tested Him (the Beloved) in the desert.  Henna was grown as a hedgerow around vineyards to hold soil against wind erosion in Israel as it was in other countries.  A henna hedge with dense thorny branches  protected a vulnerable, valuable crop such as a vineyard from hungry animals.  The hedge, which protected and defended the vineyard, also had clusters of fragrant flowers.  This would imply a metaphor for henna of a "beloved", who defends, shelters, and delights his lover.  In the first millennium BCE, in Canaanite Israel, henna was closely associated with human sexuality and love, and the divine coupling of goddess and consort.

The Roman soldiers garrisoned in Jerusalem during the first century CE commented that henna blossoming time was the best time to visit the poorer quarters, as the flowers' scent masked the usual stenches. Henna Blossoms are so fragrant, they've been used in perfumes since 1500 BCE.  They were the Prophet Mohammed's favorite scent.  Henna flower attars are called Gulhina Attar and are produced commercially in Uttar Pradesh, India.' [1] 

Henna is commercially cultivated in Morocco, Algeria, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Turkey, Somalia and Sudan. Notice how most of those countries are Islamic. However, the Pali district of India, is heavily cultivated with Henna plantations with over 100 producers in the city of Sojat. It is also mentioned in Egyptian texts has a medicinal herb. It is written that Henna acts has an anti-fungal, it can repel some insects and mildew. It is also used in perfume. [2] Has you can see from the link above, some claim that Henna has an ancient history, and some say that Henna did not become popular and widespread until the Middle Ages. [3] 

I have a sense that there is a lot more to the medicinal plant of Henna than meets the eye! 

'My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.' Song of Songs 1:14 In this passage the lady is singing to her man.  Yours truly was sent to En Gedi alone in May 2006. It was divine providence, the day that I was in the swimming pool with the disabled children. 

They were so happy and so well cared for by Israeli carers. I had been informed in advance of the trip that I had work to do with some children in Israel. Near to the end of the trip I was sitting in the pool meditating, and I was asking the holy mother when would I be shown the children that she had spoken about.  She responded, 'Open your eyes', when I opened my eyes, I was surrounded by them, and it was like someone had turned the music on. They did not appear to make a sound, until I opened my eyes, then they are were all joyful, singing and making a noise in the pool. Suddenly, the pool was alive with children and their voices. 

Chapter 4 of Song of Songs,  also mentions the henna again and that chapter mentions Lebanon. It finishes with: Awake North wind, and come South Wind, blow on my garden so that its fragrance can blow everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits. 4:16 

After the painting above was completed,  I was asked for some information on Lebanon. Particularly to do with how the Christian population in Southern Lebanon was decimated during the 1970's by Arafat and his men. I recommended that they looked at the website 'Tell the Children the Truth', and also the work of Brigitte Gabriel. 

Ms. Gabriel, founder of ACT! for America, gives firsthand eyewitness testimony about how Islamists repressed her Christian family in Lebanon, how Israel saved them, and how Israel, being maligned under the Obama Administration, is the barometer for the future of jihad against the West.

The Christian Lebanese certainly have a big story to tell the world about what happened to their country due to Islam and its invasion. Has we know, the truth will set them free. 


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