Kali, Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Hanuman and so many more Hindu deities along with their profound symbolic meanings and the practice of yoga entered my world about 7 years ago. I found this all so incredibly fascinating that it has adjusted my life to look and deal with all of it at a more simplified and meaningful level. My research into the abundant artwork relating to the deities and the mastery of some of these artists, elevated my interest even higher in learning about the symbolism depicted in such amazing ways.
My art has taken a wonderful change of course and these pages show my version of the fantastic deities using mixed media. Staying away from traditional depictions, my desire is to create symbolic pieces using a more pop art approach.
The crown of the head holds the 7th chakra, Sahasrara. It sits atop the ladder of chakras which begins with the Root Chakra which grounds us to Earth. Sahasrara. The gift of this chakra is experiencing unity and the selfless realization that everything is connected at a fundamental level. Between finite (the body and the ego) and infinite (the universe and soul), Sahasrara is the meeting point. Time and timelessness intersect and where death and eternal life meet. This chakra embraces an attitude of gratitude for one's life.
Ajna is the chakra for seeing - both inner and outer worlds. Through the energy of this chakra we can experience clear thought as well as gifts of spiritual contemplation and self reflection. We can internalize the outer world and with symbolic language we can externalize the inner world. The energy of Ajna allows us to access our inner guidance that comes from the depths of our being. It allows us to cut through illusion and to access deeper truths - to see beyond the mind, beyond the words.
The "way of the third eye" is seeing everything as it is from a point of "witness" or "observer", or from simply being mindful - moment by moment. The Third Eye is not only the seat of wisdom, but also a seat of conscience.
Opening the third eye, you not only see but you also understand.