Artist Peter Max created this commemorative painting for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. I snagged this shot from The Art of Peter Max Gallery in Las Vegas. You can purchase this poster at online store for a mere $310. Wow!
When I think of Peter Max I always think of this Love painting.
Back in the 70's my mother bought a set of Peter Max books with words by Swami Sivananda: Love, Peace, Thought and God. I treasured them back when I was a idealistic hippy child and still do as a free-spirited adult. When I looked into purchasing a set for myself, I learned that these books have become a collector's item and are quite expensive.
I asked my mother if she would lend me the books or give them to me one day. She compromised and gave me two of the four books. So now we are connected like a split heart pendant. She has Love and Peace (definitely the best of the set) and I have Thought and God (probably what I really need the most).
"Control your thoughts. Just as you retain only the good fruit and discard the bad, so also, keep good thoughts in your mind and reject the evil ones. Wipe out lust, greed and egoism. Entertain only pure, holy thoughts."
"The true goal of life is to return from the source from which we have come. Just as rivers flow restlessly till they join the ocean, just as the fire leaps and burns furiously till it merges in its own origin, so too we would be restless here until we become one with Him. God is our ultimate source and destination."
Looking at the back of these books, they were only $1.95 each in 1970.
All that wisdom for a few mere dollars. I'm glad that we split the books as it will be a sad day when they are all united again.
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