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The Nine Blessings

I feel so amazed whenever I finish creating a piece of art. It seems surreal to see the canvas filled up with something that didn't exist before. It is astonishing to realize that this came to life with a thought that just popped into the mind expressing itself via this medium. Art can be so contemplative. There is always something to create as inspiration is everywhere. Last month I bought a bunch of canvasses to paint on because they were on sale :-) I unwrapped those to kick off with this painting titled 'The Nine Blessings.' This artwork is inspired by the 2nd verse of Adi Sankaracarya's Vivekacudamani, where he explains the nine rare blessings of a highly evolved human being. Verse 2 of Vivekacūdāmani जन्तूनां नरजन्म दुर्लभमतः पुंस्त्वं ततो विप्रता तस्माद्वैदिकधर्ममार्गपरता विद्वत्त्वमस्मात्परम् आत्मानात्मविवेचनं स्वनुभवो ब्रह्मात्मना संस्थितिः मुक्तिर्नो शतजन्मकोटिसुकृतैः पुण्यैर्विना लभ्यते jantūnāṃ narajanma durlabhamataḥ puṃstvaṃ tato vipratā tasmādvaid