The Layers of Creation

July 4, 2008 Source: www.harimandir.com

Harimandir Khalsa is a full-time professional artist who paints murals and creates unique works of art on canvas. She has painted for as long as she can remember. This is her story

Nearly everything I experience and know of suggests an accumulation of layers:

The physical body with its many components - layers of hard and soft tissues...

Beliefs and emotions - layers of experience, memory and habit...

Spiritual growth - accomplished by peeling off layers of false impressions to find the great nothing were everything is ...

The earth itself, our great mother - a biosphere composed of layers of rock infused with and covered with layers of teeming life enveloped in layers of atmosphere...

Clues about the past embedded in layers of ice, rock and soil - the ruins of one ancient city carefully dig up to find another city beneath it...

Cave drawings and petroglyphs all over the world - layers of images that now serve as illustrations for the stories we have made up about them...

Religion, culture, history, mythology, ritual... layers and layers of content evolving and devolving over time, taking on layers of significance or insignificance, interpretation, theory...

Something like the ocean tides or sands of time changing and rearranging the material world - adding here, taking away there...

Layers:
Some we don't care to look at too closely - the lies upon which a so-called "truth" might be based, the use of violence to stop violence, separation from essential self, the historic domination over all life...

his story = hisstory = history...

Some we love - the layers of nacre we call a pearl, birds feathers, petals of a rose or some other beautiful flower, the harmonious layers of sound we call music, icons and iconic beings who continue to remind us of what we keep forgetting - that being a humane person is what being spiritual really means.

This and my own life-history is what the paintings are about. 

 

Visit Harimandir's Art Gallery on the Web.

 

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