Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Olive – Some Spiritual Perspectives

“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“Happy are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Thy wife: a fruitful vine inside the house. Thy sons: olive plants around the table.”
-Bible, Psalm 128

“Allah’s light is … as a lamp kindled from a blessed tree, an olive, of neither the East nor the West, whose oil is of such luminous glow that it seems to shine though no fire has been touched to it. A light upon light.”
- Koran, Surah 24

“…I like them all, but especially the olive. For what it symbolises, first of all – peace with its leaves and joy with its golden oil.”
- Aldous Huxley

“The olive orchard is like a library, where one goes to forget life or to understand it better. In certain villages … where there is no other distraction than solitude, the men on Sunday morning, go to the olives just as the women go to mass.”

- Jean Giono

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