15. Decorated Walking Stick (1990)
Wood, goat horn, and found materials
Truth (satya) implies Love, and Firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force … that is to say, the Force which is born of Truth and Love or Non-violence… [If] we are Satyagrahis and offer Satyagraha, believing ourselves to be strong … we grow stronger and stronger every day. With our increase in strength, our Stayagraha too becomes more effective, and we would never be casting about for an opportunity to give it up.
In the fall of 1990, Grieve spent three months trekking in the Himalayas. During the first week, he met a sadhu, who was sunning on the side of the trail and rubbing sandalwood oil into his hair. A sadhu is a Hindu mendicant holy person who has renounced all earthly attachments with the unswerving objective of connecting to the Divine. Grieve asked him his name, and the sadhu replied, “I am God.” Finding God was one of Grieve’s life goals, so to mark the occasion, he reached down and wrapped a piece of ribbon that had fallen off one of the ponies used to carry cargo and tied it to his walking stick. Over the following months, as Grieve continued to walk from tea stall to tea stall, from temple to temple, and peak to peak, he collected various found materials and tied them to his walking stick. The walking stick is its present truncated size because Grieve had to cut it in half so that it would fit in his backpack on his flight home.
23 Chunks of Being:
Gregory Grieve’s Experiments in Transmitting Pure actuality