The Mundaka Upanishad
Consciousness & its Phases
Replace ‘multidimensional strings’ with ‘Aum’ in String Theory and you get Mandukya Upanishad.
If a physicist tries to write an ideal “Theory of Everything”, and mentions the most basic entity as ‘Aum’, it will be Mandukyopnishad.
Aum stands for the supreme Reality.
It is a symbol for what was, what is,
And what shall be.
Aum represents also
What lies beyond past, present, and future.
This painting is a part of a collection “Timeless Wisdom”
These are the original works of art inspired by the ancient Indian Art of Yantras (Mandalas) that are visual representation of different forms of energies.
In this collection, the Six Upanishads are meditated upon and the original Yantras for the particular sensations are created for each. These Yantras are then associated with the whole Upanishad written in Sanskrit creating the Space within.
Upanishads are the basic Hindu text on the discussions on meaning of life.
Ardhanarishvara (centre): half female (Parvati) and half male (Shiva), feminine-masculine equivalence.
On the wall to the east of the Trimurti is a damaged four-armed #Ardhanarishvara carving. This image, which is 5.11 m (16.8 ft) in height. It represents the ancient Hindu concept of essential interdependence of the feminine and the masculine aspects in the universe, for its creation, its sustenance and its destruction. It is represented as half woman shown as half of Parvati in this Elephanta panel on the right side, with breast, waist, feminine hair and items such as a mirror in the upper hand. The second half man side is Shiva with male characteristics and items iconographically his symbol. In #Shaivism, the concept pictorially symbolizes the transcendence of all duality including gender, with the spiritual lacking any distinctions, where energy and power (Shakti, Parvati) is unified and is inseparable with the soul and awareness (Brahman, Shiva). In the panel, the relief shows a headdress (double-folded) with two pleats draped towards the female head (Parvati) and the right side (Shiva) depicting curled hair and a crescent. The female figure has all the ornamentation (broad armlets and long bracelets, a large ring in the ear, jewelled rings on the fingers) but the right male figure has drooping hair, armlets and wristlets. One of his hands rests on Nandi bull’s left horn, Shiva's mount, which is fairly well preserved. The pair of hands at the back is also bejewelled; the right hand of the male side holds a serpent, while the left hand of the female side holds a mirror. The front left hand is broken, while a large part of the lower half of the panel was damaged at some point. Around the Ardhanarishwara are three layers of symbolic characters. The lowest or at the same level as the viewer are human figures oriented reverentially towards the androgyne image. Above them are gods and goddesses such as Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and others who are seated on their #vahanas. Above them are flying #apsaras approaching the fused divinity with garlands, music and celebratory offerings.
Tantra (Sanskrit: तन्त्र, literally "loom, weave, system") denotes the esoteric traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism that co-developed most likely about the middle of 1st millennium AD. The term tantra, in the Indian traditions, also means any systematic broadly applicable "text, theory, system, method, instrument, technique or practice". Starting in the early centuries of common era, newly revealed Tantras centering on Vishnu, Shiva or Shakti emerged. In Buddhism, the Vajrayana tradition is known for its extensive tantra ideas and practices. Tantric Hindu and Buddhist traditions have influenced other Eastern religious traditions such as Jainism, the Tibetan Bön tradition, Daoism and the Japanese Shintō tradition.
Certain modes of non-vedic worship such as Puja are considered tantric in their conception and rituals. Hindu temple building also generally conforms to the iconography of tantra. The Hindu texts that describe these topics are called Tantras, Āgamas or Samhitās. #desidevotee#hinduism#symbolism#tantra#knowledgeispower#learnsomethingnew#spiritualhealing#spiritualawakening#spirituality#shapes#symbols#dothework#spiritualtourism#ancientindia#incredibleindia#instayogi#instayoga