Sunday, October 2, 2011

Illuminating Mantra Mandala: Gayatri

Gayatri Mandala
The Gayatri is a mantra for illumination and when I first heard it sung by a friend, it was so beautiful I started to cry. The image above depicts an original piece of art I have created to celebrate this beautiful mantra:

Om Bhoor Bhovas Suvaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasaya Dhimahi
Dhiyoyona Prachodayaat

The way I learn a new mantra (especially if it is a long one) is to write it out 108 times - the number of times you would chant a mantra when moving from bead to bead on a mala. (A mala is a string of prayer beads similar to a rosary.) I do not claim to be an expert in the realm of mantra so please forgive me if I have taken any liberties with the phrasing or spelling of the mantra.

This is a wonderfully inspirational piece. Calming and meditative, you can look upon it and get lost in the detail... Piece is matted within a white 8x10" archival mat which has a black core. The piece itself is slightly larger than 5x7" and was created on red Canson Mi-Tientes acid free pastel paper. Drawn with white gel pen over black acrylic gesso paint.

This is an original piece of art which you can purchase through my Etsy shop. 

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