Saturday, November 22, 2008

Visshuddhi


Fra Angelico
Angels Leading the Blessed into Heaven.

This image communicates a sense of the Visshuddhi Chakra quality of collectivity. The angel's wings are an extension of the Visshuddhi from the shoulders. The Visshuddhi governs the arms and hands - used for communication through gestures. Here they are shown joined together. The expensive blue colour used by medieval artists -made from ground semiprecious stone -was used to symbolise the heavens. The Visshuddhi is blue in colour.

Mooladhara - Picasso


Picasso, Mother and Child by the Sea
Picasso is amazing in that he painted in so many different styles but his work is always recognisable. Art critics often seem to expect artists to stick to a certain style for life, but Picasso was much too playful and experimental for that. He once said that with each painting he painted he discovered another aspect of himself.
This work is from a period in which he was rediscovering the monumental classical art of the past, The style suggests a mood of reverence for the maternal. The simplicity of the image suits the subject matter - the innocent bond between mother and child. The backdrop of the peaceful sea suggests depth of feeling and eternity.
Picasso seems to have spent his life searching for innocence. This is why he was fascinated with so-called primitive art.

Kundalini - Grail


Dante Rosetti - Damsel of the Sanct Grail, 1874
The Holy Grail is a symbol of the Kundalini, the residual energy in the sacrum at the base of the spinal column. In India it is symbolised by the Kumbha, or pot.
Rosetti has included a white dove - symbol of the Holy Spirit - thus he has associated the Grail with the Holy Spirit.

Mooladhara - Marc Chagall


Marc Chagall. Three Angels visiting Abraham

Chagall's work has a wonderful innocence and joyousness about it, and also a mystical dream-like quality. It's a quality of a self-realised souls to go beyond sectarian divisions. Chagall was born into a Jewish community in Eastern Europe. Apart from his secular works, he depicted religious scenes from both the Jewish and Christian traditions.
He chose bright colours that reflect the chakras.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chakras


Yogi with chakras, India,
Punjab Hills, Kangra, late 1700s,
National Museum, New Delhi,
Ajit Mookerjee Collection.

Visshuddhi



The element for the Visshuddhi Chakra (Throat Centre) is ether/sky/sound. This painting of Lord Krishna, the ruler of the Visshuddhi Chakra, gives a strong sense of this element. Sri Krishna controls the reigns on the horses driving the chariot, which represents the restless mind. The Visshuddhi chakra controls the brain and the mind.

Kundalini - River

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The American photographer Ansel Adams had a life changing epiphany while looking at the natural world of Yosemite. After this experience he found that he had a new understanding of what his photography should be. His work is spiritual because it captures the simple essence of the landscape. This stream leading to the mountain peaks is a symbol of the path of the Kundalini.
Late one morning in the summer of 1923, wandering amidst the harsh and bleakly beautiful high country east of the valley, he came as close as he ever would to capturing in words the soaring emotions that sometimes came over him in the high mountains.

I was climbing the long ridge west of Mount Clark. It was one of those mornings where the sunlight is burnished with a keen wind and long feathers of cloud move in a lofty sky. The silver light turned every blade of grass and every particle of sand into a luminous metallic splendor; there was nothing, however small, that did not clash in the bright wind, that did not send arrows of light through the glassy air. I was suddenly arrested in the long crunching path up the ridge by an exceedingly pointed awareness of the light. The moment I paused, the full impact of the mood was upon me; I saw more clearly than I have ever seen before or since the minute detail of the grasses ...the small flotsam of the forest, the motion of the high clouds streaming above the peaks... I dreamed that for a moment time stood quietly, and the vision became but the shadow of an infinitely greater world -- and I had within the grasp of consciousness a transcendental experience.

He would spend the rest of his life trying to capture on film the quicksilver light he saw that morning - and the sense it conveyed of a deeper truth and meaning.
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When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind's eye something that is not literally there, in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in expressing something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.
- Ansel Adams
As a young man, he had seen something in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada -something that resonated far out into the landscape and down into the deepest recesses of his soul -that would haunt him for the rest of his days, and that he would spend his entire life trying to convey.
-(From a biographical film)
A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me; things that relate to those who are loved and those who are real friends. For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be. Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things... Friendship is another form of love - more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptances of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality. Art is both love and friendship and understanding: the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is a recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the interrelations of these.
- Ansel Adams
Read more quotes about Adams here:

Sahasrara


Kundalini - Spiral Ascent


William Blake, Jacob's Ladder

William Blake



"If the doors of perception were cleansed,
Everything would appear ... as it is, infinite."
- William Blake

Blake depicted the spiritual aspect of reality in every painting.

Agnya - Light


Ledoux, Eye Enclosing the Theatre at Besancon, France, 1847.

Each of the chakras is made up of a different element. Light is the element for the Agnya Chakra (Brow Centre) which governs vision. In this slightly surreal engraving from the 17th century the image of the interior of a circular theatre appears apparently reflected in an eye, yet strangely the ray of light streaming through the oculus in the theatre's dome extends outside the eye.

Heart


Greg Spalenka, US Artist

Trimurthy Elephanta


Elephanta Temple

Digitally restored image of the damaged statue of the Trimurthy at Elephanta Island near Mumbai in India. Trimurthy means 'triple image', the three faces represent three aspects of the Supreme Self, perhaps the creative, sustaining and renewing aspects.

The Soul


Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa

The fascination we have had with this painting is due to the gaze of the goddess-like lady which has an expression perfectly balanced between joy and profoundity. It was not all that common for a figure in a painting to engage the viewer so directly, at the time da Vinci painted her. As we gaze at her, the Self seems also to gaze at us. It is an incredibly soothing image which takes one into a state of thoughtless awareness. Italy is the soul of the world, and the Mona Lisa is a depiction of that soul. The subtle serpentine river in the background suggests the nadis or channels that flow in the subtle body within the soul. With the over-reproduction and parodying of this image, it is easy to overlook the revolutionary nature of this work for its time.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Feminine Holy Spirit




Image of a Feminine aspect of the Trinity, flanked by Father and Son, in a medieval church.

Sunday, November 16, 2008