Monday, August 16, 2010

Celebrating the Impermanence

Celebrating the Impermanence  Digital Photography

The Monks from Drepung Loseling Monestery in south India have been visiting every year for the past eleven years and this year I needed the timely reminder about the big picture, the  impermanence of life and not to sweat the series of  incidents that seemed to have piled on in my life this past month with no regard to the inconvenience and stress they caused :) Watching the monks take days to construct a beautiful mandala with a meditative concentration and then sweep it up only hours after completing it by pouring the sand from the mandala into a nearby river is indeed a very healing experience.  They always inspire me to look at my creativity with new eyes. I am now eager to get back to sketching and painting with a fresh perspective on art and life.  On a lighter vein, but sharing the same big picture philosophy, check out  Stefan Sagmeister's talk about happiness and design.

18 comments:

Ralph said...

What a great picture and post I will now follow this blog. I am a Taoist and found this very interesting. Love your paintings also.

meera said...

Thank you Ralph for stopping by - and I loved your blogs and your writings too.

padmaja said...

Yes, I have heard about this monastery Meera, we do get charged in the company of monks. I had one such opportunity to go through the ritual. I think the best out of ourselves for today will happen if we thought and acted as if the tomorrow never existed!Beautiful photo!

meera said...

Thanks padmaja! yes -we all need renewal of spiritual energies every so often :)

Crystal Cook said...

Fantastic photo and post Meera. :) I love that philosophy, I think I'll have to apply it more too.

meera said...

Crystal, Thank you! Age old wisdom- has to be a personal discovery and practice to be of value -isn't it?

Melanie Rawlings said...

great photo. Can wait to see your new work!

meera said...

Thanks Melanie - it was a beautiful day :)

Kathy Staicer said...

Great colors in the photo and the cultural insights are so thought provoking.
I also wanted to tell you that your dancer brings the sense of movement to the viewer.

meera said...

thank you Kathy -- reminders about impermanence and the attitude of detachment to one's creations are pretty powerful! And Yupo is fun to paint on ,- Glad you like it :)

Art Trip said...

Fantastic Meera, especially coming from my yoga side.

meera said...

Thank you Art Trip :) --Your yoga blog is how I wandered into your art blog :)

nikhilkardale said...

Nice little anecdote, with a big message. It puts our lives, the craving and the cribbing in perspective isn't it! Good shot too; it can be a great base for a painting I guess :)

meera said...

Nikhil, thank you! Yes perspective is what I have to be reminded of often!!!

Teuvo Vehkalahti said...

Very nice pictures and an excellent blog, I like very much yor work.
All looking fotoblog Teuvo images

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Teuvo
Finland

meera said...

Thanks Teuvo! I really appreciate your visit and comments on my blog:)

GB said...

Meera, That's one gorgeous image! i've always been captivated by tibetan art and I really know what you mean! lovely post!

meera said...

Thanks GB! I think vedanta and Buddhist philosophies have a lot in common thats why I feel captivated by Tibetan art :)

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