Green Adi Shakti
This project is a personal prayer. The painting contains within it the late afternoon prayer of the Sikhs known as Rehiras. The symbol is the Adi Shakti or Khanda, it is the Diving Feminine. The double edged sword known as the khanda stands in the middle symbolizing the rising of the kundalini energy up the spine and the awakening and full expression of the creative feminine power. The circle surrounding the sword is a chakkr, a thrown weapon which in this symbol represents the circle of life, the oneness of all life and the unity of God without beginning or end. The chakkr is also know as the yogic chakra, in this case symbolizing combination of all chakras that feed the aura of protection around the feminine. The curved swords or kirpans to the left and right symbolize the earthly and Divine realms that we balance in our lives to live in harmony and serve humanity. The lotus flowers are a representation of a line from the Shabad (Sikh hymn) Puta Mata Ki Asis, a mother’s prayer for her children, written by the fifth Guru, Guru Arjan.
Let this mind of yours be the bumble bee, and let the Lord’s feet be the lotus flower.
Says servant Nanak, attach your mind to them, and blossom forth like the songbird, upon finding the raindrop.
The Name of God in Sikhism is often referred to as Divine nectar (amrit) in some ways comparable to honey in its sweetness.
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 24″
Completion date 2015