in eternal pursuit of an elusive Snow Leopard (Matthiessen)

Bounding into the “inner worlds” in the Valle de la Muerte in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, 08.2012.

“As the hand held before the eye conceals the greatest mountain, so the little earthly life hides from the glance the enormous lights and mysteries of which the world is full, and he who can draw it away from before his eyes, as one draws away a hand, beholds the great shining of the inner worlds.”

-Nachman of Breslov, a Jewish theologian of the eighteenth century, remembered for his meditations on hitbodedut, or the value inherent in “self-seclusion” for the purposes of personal edification and enlightenment; cited as an epigraph in Peter Matthiessen’s hauntingly beautiful The Snow Leopard.

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