Friday, 27 January 2012

Namaste

As you can make out from my blog, I have a lot of interest in all forms of art but haven't really tried my hand at too many things until now. But now I want to spend more time in learning and creating more art. And Paint Party Friday has become a weekly inspiration for me. I was wondering what to make for this week's party, when I came across the Soul Challenge. I was intrigued by the idea and wanted to give it a try. So here's what the word Soul means to me. It of course is influenced by the Indian beliefs of Aatma and Parmatma. 

According to the Indian philosophy, the Aatma or soul is a piece of the superior force that's present all around us - the Parmatma. This superior force is interpreted in different ways. Some call it God, others prefer other names. After all, matters of the soul are extremely personal preferences. Indian spiritual thinkers believe that all living things are mere tiny manifestations of the supreme force and once we die, the soul departs the physical body and blends back into the supreme force.I tend to think of God as a supreme force and visualize "it" as a very bright light. :)

The current Hindu religion is a pretty complex with centuries of interpretations and misinterpretations taking it away from the original ideas. However, there are a number of rituals that are practiced even today that emphasize the basic philosophy of the Aatma and the Parmatma. One such practice is the Indian form of greeting - Namaste. 

By greeting a fellow human being with a Namaste, we are actually acknowledging the supreme force present in him/her and bowing in front of it. So, here's how I look at these things -




So this one goes to both Paint Party Friday and The Soul Challenge at Artists in Blogland.


29 comments:

  1. Namaste! A great beginning. I can see your point, you have done a good job illustrating it.

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    1. Thanks Mimi. I wasn't too happy with the final rendering of the idea though.

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  2. Happy PPF, I wondered what Namaste mean't, thank you. x

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    1. Happy to have answered that one for you :)

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  3. Lovely ~ love it ~ love your philosophy as well ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  4. Lovely! I honour the artist in you...

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  5. Thank you for distilling it all so simply and beautifully. I really like this image of each of us glowing with a spark of the Divine.

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    1. Thanks Carla. I just put on paper what I had in my mind.

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  6. What a great interpretation of namaste! Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF! Helen @ Natures Walk

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    1. Thanks Helen. I had to know it....after all I've grown up wishing people Namste :)

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    1. Thanks BlackPumpkin. I'm so late replying to the comments it's already time for the next party. Happy PPF.

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  8. I simply loved this one! :)

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    1. Thanks Vinie. Your piece was colorful and pretty too.

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  9. Happy PPF! I love the story you tell that accompanies your lovely rendering, great work, very inspired :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm not sure I'll be able to attend the party this time. Haven't made anything.

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  10. Paint Party Friday is a weekly inspiration for me, too! :)
    Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
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    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  11. What a wonderful expression of your feelings - I love the striking color palette, xoxo

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    1. Thanks Kristin. But I didn't really know how to use the water color pencils and so was not happy with the end effect.

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  12. You have added extra meaning to namaste, lovely!

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  13. VERY full of SOUL, I really like how you accompanied this with a story- NICE!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. I'm glad you enjoyed the write up.

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  14. Wonderful creation ~ and I loved hearing again what namaste means and I use it all the time ~ namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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