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
Sankaracarya is one of the most revered thinkers and philosophers of the 7th century. Vivekacudamani translates to 'The Crown Jewel of Discrimination.' It expounds the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta poetically as a conversation between a student and his spiritual teacher.
I find philosophy to be very engrossing. This led me to start studying Vivekacudamani sometime in the fall of last year, with the help of commentary by Swami Chinmayananda. It has been an organic progression following the completion of the Foundation Vedanta Course. It is a complementary text to study along with the Advanced Vedanta Coursethat I am currently doing.