Mandala Orbs around the Jade Buddha in Sacramento in October, rare and beautiful.
I recently saw something cool and unusual. Called different names by different people: Mandala lights, Flowers From Heaven, Mandala Orbs, Tigle~ white spheres of diffuse light that suddenly filled the night sky.
I came to Sacramento to be with my best bud who was having major surgery the next day. The night before, she told me about a special exhibit in town that I should try to catch before I left, called the “The Jade Buddha”. Said to be traveling the world as a symbol of universal peace “for everyone, irrespective of religion, to take a moment to reflect upon peace; peace for the world; peace in their relationships; peace for their families and friends; peace at work; peace in their mind”, the giant jade Buddha is on a world tour of sorts.
We went to dinner late and on the way back, we actually passed the exhibit at a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple off Alta Arden. From the road you could see the large green statue; well-lit, and bright green- it seemed to almost glow from the lights. We stopped to check it out. It was quite large- around 4 feet high, majestic and royal, exquisite in detail with a gold-leafed face, and a large sheltering Bodhi leaf behind it. Lots of flowers, and overflowing offering bowls filled the space around the alter- floor to statue. The crowd of about 30 Vietnamese seemed excited about something. I started taking pictures, close-ups of the Buddha and of the Temple.
A man started telling us about the “snow” that is seen sometimes around the statue; to take lots of pictures. I did, maybe 20. “Focus” he kept saying. Around this time a monk, who must have wondered why I was standing there listening, took my camera from me and began taking pictures with it 😉 I thought this was funny. Everyone was just so excited. And then a Vietnamese nun came and showed me her pictures through her viewfinder. In the sky around the statue, there were 2-4 irridescent spheres. “Tigle!” I said. She was excited by my reaction “you know!? You must concentrate, and take pictures now.”
so I moved back from the people and the excitement. Closed my eyes and thought of my friend, how she needed extra help tomorrow. “Please… help her through this…” I thought. “Make it easier for her, with less pain & quick healing.” I started taking pictures.
And then I got these.
And the next moment, they were gone.
Another girl was there taking pics the same time as me, (although it seemed we all were); she too had similar pictures. She said that the Vietnamese call them “Flowers from Heaven.” I like how when you look at them, inside them, you can see concentric rainbows, shapes, and symbols. In one, I see what looks like a photo of a child…
Some say the Mandala orbs are special because they occur around holy sites, have a special meaning, and are rare. People from all religions describe them as happening at holy places and special times; on Native Indian reservations, European Pagan lands, and circulating the monasteries of Tibet.Some say the Mandala Orbs are just dust. Caught with a flash of light. (You didn’t see them with the naked eye). All i know is that the people around us that night were especially sweet, humble, and kind. My friend’s procedure went fine and she is healing, and for at least a week now, I’ve felt more buoyant and content than before.
Others have posted their pics here