1997 - 1998

acrylics and aquarelle, 23k gold leaf and copper leaf on tinted blue paper.
64.5 x 50 cm

he theme of this painting is an ancient Sanskrit prayer from the Mahabharata:

“Thou art the mother, thou art the father, thou art the brother, thou art the friend.
Thou art knowledge, thou art wealth.
Thou art everything for me, O God of gods.

Om. That is perfect. This is perfect.
From the perfect springs the perfect.
If the perfect is taken from the perfect,
the perfect remains.”

The capital “T” depicts Sri Krishna playing the flute, for among the pantheon of Hindu deities he is the representative of love (both sensual and divine). Inside of the “OM”, you can see the Earth goddess,
Bhoomi Devi, sustained by three apsaras (celestial dancers) as a symbol of universality.

This painting is a message of love and hope, a beautiful way to remind us to always look at the bright side of life. I find it very uplifting.