S I L E N T S T O N E S C O M E T O L I F E
Khachkar or -- Cross Stone -- is a unique manifestation of Armenian national art which in its form and type has no other equivalent in the world. In fact, the history of Armenian khachkars go back to early history and the Vishapakar or the -- Dragon Stone -- symbolic of fertility [the Tree of Life/Wisdom or the Cosmic Tree/Mountain] and the Generative power of Life -- Divine Essence of the Cosmic [Quantum] Ocean of Life -- placed near lakes, rivers and water wells.
THE 'SIRUN' [BEAUTIFUL] CROSS-STONE OF DSEGH VILLAGE, NORTHERN ARMENIA.
SELECTED FAMILIES POSSESSED THE EXCLUSIVE "COPYRIGHT"
PRIVILEGE ALONG WITH THE ACCOMPANYING KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE, WHEN, WHY
AND HOW TO ERECT HOLY TEMPLES, PALACES, FORTRESSES AND OTHER BUILDINGS.
MANY OF THE STRUCTURES, ESPECIALLY SACRED TEMPLES AND PALACES
-- PLACES OF SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR POWER RESPECTIVELY --
WERE ONLY DEEMED COMPLETE IF THEY CONTAINED THE SYMBOLS THAT
CODIFIED IN STONE THEIR TRUE MEANING FOR THE MANY GENERATIONS TO FOLLOW.
THE COAT OF ARMS OF MAMIKONIAN HOUSE [DOUBLE-HEADED EAGLE CLUTCHING
A LAMB] CAN BE SEEN ON CARVED ON THE FAÇADE.
A CROSS-STONE HIGH ABOVE OVERLOOKING THE DEBED PASS.
ALCHEMY... ENSHRINED... IN STONE...BECOMES A TREE OF LIFE...BECOMES A
STAR OF HEAVEN...SNAKE IS HORIZONTAL [COILED ON TOP OF THE DISK...] AND
CLIMBS UP THE SPINE UPWARD...TOWARDS THE EQUAL-ARM CROSS [PG]
AT THE VERY TOP OF THE SACROSANCT Π SHAPE CROSS-STONE...[DIVINE SPARK].
IRMIN KRIST [MAN] TRANSMUTES [FLESH CRUCIFIED] INTO HOMOLUMINOUS...
MANIFESTED LIGHT RETURNS TO THE ETERNAL SOURCE...
THE COSMIC CRUX RISES FROM THE SUN DISK. ADORNED WITH
GEOMETRIC AND VEGETATIVE SYMBOLS OF LIFE, SYMBOLS OF ETERNITY.
KHACHKAR AS THE COSMIC TREE OF LIFE/AXIS MUNDI.
Ēs...[SEVENTH SACRED LETTER]
FORM THE COSMIC [WHOLENESS] OF DIVINE ESSENCE...
ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL CROSS-STONES OF NORAVANK‘ MONASTERY.
NORAVANK‘ MONASTERY IN VAYK‘ MARZ, PART OF HISTORIC SIWNIK‘ AŠXARH
OF GREATER ARMENIA. THE SPIRITUAL VALUES OF THE ETERNAL AND
BOUNDLESS WOULD BE SYMBOLIZED AND MANIFESTED THROUGH THE
SACRED STONE - THE DIVINE SPARK AND WISDOM [CONSCIOUSNESS].
A CANDLE WOULD BE LIT EVERY TIME TO SYMBOLIZE
THE DIVINE SPIRIT -
THE DIVINE LIGHT OF THE SEEN AND UNSEEN CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE ABSOLUTE.
Khachkars constitute an integral dimension of Armenian sculptural art; with their high artistic standards and strong national character, they also occupy their worthy position in the treasury of international art. Khachkars are also an expression of the high aesthetical taste of the Armenian nation and the great masters that crafted them. Recently in a sign of respect and gratitude by the international community, one of the medieval khachkars from Armenia has been moved and placed in the front entrance of the Main Hall of the United Nations in New York.
Khachkars or Cross Stones,
were hand crafted by talented Armenian
master craftsmen, who transformed inorganic material into
living symbols of Sacredness and Devotion.