Ancient Garuda • by Master Carver Dewa K
“Ancient Garuda” by Master Carver Dewa K. “Garuda” is the divine sun bird, and shapeshifter who carries Lord Vishnu, God of Protection, through the universe. As the national symbol of Indonesia, Garuda represents knowledge, power, bravery, loyalty, and discipline. Legends in Bali tell of a powerful bird that could be found deep in the jungle in the canyon ribs of large volcanos. When a high priest needed help with an invading serpent in their kingdom, they would seek out Garuda, King of birds, who preys on dragons and dark spirits. Garuda can go anywhere, at any time, in any form, with courage to sacrifice itself for the preservation of the cosmic order. By entering a state of deep consciousness (Atman), Garuda can access the divine wisdom of the Gods and release fire of the sun in combat. It’s mission is to create unity in the diversity of all life, always keeping balance in the social order of the universe. This design comes from the oldest known drawing of Garuda from Java over 200 years ago. Ignite your spirit, with the power of Garuda.