Sacred Seed

A Gallery of Wonder and Mystery

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  1. Diamond Mandala

    “We are what we eat. When we are careless with food we are careless with ourselves. Will we wake up only when the last peasant and the last seed disappears? Or will we turn to the sacred duty of protecting our sacred seeds?”

    Vandanda Shiva
    From the Introduction

    Photo by Ana Castilho

  2. Dandelion Seed

    “Every seed contains the potential to save the world. Each seed can keep millions of people from starvation. Each seed is a mirror and guardian of the world’s future. Each seed is the ecology that can sustain the economy. This is why seeds are sacred and why they are traditionally believed to be miraculous in indigenous circles."

    HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
    Essay: Sacred Seed—The Orthodox Christian Tradition

    Photo by Deana Holbova

  3. Spiral Mandala

    “If we can stay true to the sacred substance and sacred meaning of the seed, it will help us to be a place of rebirth: a place where the inner and outer worlds meet, where real nourishment can once again be born and flower.”

    Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
    Essay: Seeds and the Story of the Soul

    Photo by Ana Castilho

  4. Pink Seed

    "Every seed contains a light. Through greed and disconnection from the sacredness of life, this light is threatened. Genetically modified seeds become sterile. If the fertility is removed from a seed, its light is taken away; it withdraws.”

    Angela Fischer
    Essay: Listening to the Inner Heart of Seeds

    Photo by Anat Vaughan-Lee

  5. Clover

    "The seed carries the collective memory of the species that it represents, including the specifics of its modes of adaptation."

    Acharya David Frawley
    Essay: The Power and Importance of the Seed: The Heritage of Nature’s Intelligence

    Photo by Deana Holbova

  6. Love in the Mist

    “In a spiritual context, a seed is seen as the ideological beginning of a thought. In the animal kingdom, the idea of the seed in plants is the perfect analogy of the egg.”

    Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita
    Essay: There if No Life Without a Seed and There is No Seed Without a Life

    Photo by Barbara Romanoff

  7. Autumn Mandala

    “A seed is small but rich with possibility, like love which is as humble as it is powerful.”

    Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
    Essay: The Seed of Love

    Photo by Ana Castilho

  8. Cirlce Mandala

    "In one breath, all human beings are beloved. In the next breath, every species of plant and animal is sacred in its distinctiveness. And what connects these is the Breath of Life Itself . . .”

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow
    Essay: The Interbreath of Life and The Seeds It Scatters ‘Round the Planet

    Photo by Ana Castilho

  9. Seed Mandala

    "From a yogic point of view, therefore, nature is not dead matter to shape to our will, but the expression of sacred Self in the physical world. If we forget this ecological basis of spirituality, we will lose our foundation in the Earth that provides the support for our journey back to the light."

    Swami Omkarananda
    Essay: The DNA of Our SOUL Cannot Be Genetically Modified!

    Photo by Ana Castilho

  10. Spiral Fern

    "The seed holds a very great secret—it never gets old. It is the eternal YES to life."

    Anat Vaughan-Lee
    Essay: The Language of the Seed

    Photo by Anat Vaughan-Lee

A gallery of photos reprinted from Sacred Seed, with permission from the publisher, The Golden Sufi Center. Learn more about the book at

A Collection of Essays
Compiled and edited by
 the Global Peace Initiative of Women

with an introduction by Vandana Shiva

“Whatever happens to seed affects the web of life.”
—Dr. Vandana Shiva

Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul. In our current supermarket lifestyle of pre-packaged products, far removed from the cycles of planting, we have nearly forgotten this mystery. Now as the integrity of the seed is threatened, so is its primal meaning.

Inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva, each essay draws on the wisdom of ancient and modern traditions. Mystics, shamans, monastics and priests remind us of the profound sacredness of the seed—how in its purity, it is the source and renewal of all of life.

Tenderly composed of original writings and vibrant photos, this book bears witness that the Earth is alive, and establishes that only by working together with the Earth—with its wonder and mystery—can we help in its healing and  regeneration and once again bring meaning back into the world.

Edited and compiled by the Global Peace Initiative of Women, the book includes contributions from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, H. H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Sister Joan Chittister, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Swami Veda Bharati, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Chief Tamale Bwoya, Blu Greenberg & others.

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Comments (3)
  • Beautiful, and I have “shared” for others to witness this lovely creation. Thank you.

    — Katharine on January 2, 2015

  • Such beautiful images… I just had a flashback of long-forgotten memories, when as a child I created pictures using different seeds from the pantry. Each had its own personality and energy. How we forget!

    — Joumana on January 24, 2015

  • How beautiful; how profound!
    If the seed becomes sterile, then…...? And the genetic manipulation of seeds….? And what of the farmer who must depend on regenerating his/her seed crop year to year?

    — Jeanne on February 4, 2015

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