Sex, Birth and Death are all inexplicitly linked in the conception and termination of being. Born into love, the seed of being is planted in the divine and transcendent experience of climax. The womb serves to nurture and sustain new life, the nutrients consumed are shared between mother and baby, forming a bond between beings. The experience of the womb, the experience of death, perhaps are interhangable and interrelated. Indian religions believe that reincarnation is the rebirth and continuation of
awareness between lifetimes. The soul, the nonmaterial essence of our being, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of ones actions ( karma). Reincarnation derives from Latin meaning "entering the flesh again". The greek equivalent roughly corresponds to "transmigration of the soul"
The entire universal process that pepetuates the cycle of birth and death, governed by Karma is referred to as Samsara.
Seed of Life
A woman can accommodate a baby from the beginning of menstration.Three or four days after the egg is fertilized in the Fallopian Tube, the fertilized egg (zygote) reaches the uterus and implants in the endomentrium. The zygote has now began it's division into millions of cells and is now the blastocyst, a primitive placenta now develops.The majority of fetal development occurs between weeks 7 to 15. At week 26 the fetus behaves almost like a baby, laughing, kicking and crying. At week 38, the neck begins the process of shortening and lengthening of the canal. At which point the mucus plug is expelled, the uterus entering the active phase of contracting, pushing the fetus from top to bottom. Labor is beginning and the journey of the newborn baby is soon to begin.
The Presence of Death is Evident at the moment of Birth
The energies of life and death are seen through a dualistic standpoint. Life needs death as black needs white. The paradoxing of living is transfixed by impending death
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Egg of Entrapment (female)
The egg, symbolic of birth and conception.
This painting is an allegorical work symbolic of awakening into spirit. Through yogic practice, awareness can be shifted from seperateness to unity. The seperate ego, believing itself to be what is has convieved the self to be, is concerned with protecting itself. Beyond the ego is the Self, the True Self or Brahman as Indian religions call it. In the state of unity, the True Self, ungoverned by the egoic mind, is liberated from the clinging of mind and sees itself as God. Brahman is the supreme, universal spirit that is the source and support of the phenomenal universe. Brahman, or God is the absolute, the Divine ground of matter, time, energy, space , being and love. Concieved of as both personal and impersonal. A liberated being has realised Brahman is his or her True Self.
Egg of Entrapment (male)
The soul, the essence of being is trapped in the human body until death. However, the soul can be liberating from the physical entity by numerous methods, often occuring with Near Death Experiences, ingestion of psychoactive DMT and mystical yogic practices. The soul takes incarnation in the body because of Karma, as a result of previous incarnations.
Life Cycles- Samsara
The gaze of the infinite, of endlessness and eternity, the all seeing eye, to whit sees birth, hears death amd is. The eternal sun and moon, overseeing the essence of the cosmos, that is and cannot be named. Samsara, life and death, the continuous game of human existence, has trapped us until liberation. Moksha, liberation from Samsara, extricate the soul from samsara, ending suffering and subject to the cycle of repeated death and rebirth.
Anatomy of the Subtle Body
Psychic Anatomy 1
Plasticity of mental processes, the tuning of the mind, tune out and into, surrender and release.
AKAL, MAHA KAL
means "Undying, Great death" is a powerful life-giving chant removing fear and relaxing the mind.
RA MA DA SA, SA SAY SO HUNG
is the Siri Gaitri Mantra, and is chanted for healing. Ra is the sun, Ma is the Moon, Da is the earth, and Sa is Infinity. Say is the totality of Infinity, and So Hung is "I am Thou". "Ra Ma Da Sa" is the Earth Mantra. and "Sa Say So Hung" is the Ether Mantra.
Psychic Anatomy 2
The subtle mind, connecting the thoughts and emotions into the subtle body. Our thoughts shape are bioligy. A predominance of stress manifests with the process of aging to shape the outward appearence of our being. Remaining positive and emptying the subconcious mind with positive reinforced mantras shapes our being with a radiant light.
Eight and final limb in yoga. Non duualistic state of conciousness , awareness becomes one with the experienced object, the mind becoming still and one pointed. Awareness is experienced from the perspective of the witness, being is left to it's processes unfeted and unobstructed, becoming absorbed and entrenched in pure awareness, awareness unobstructed by though, thoughts occur but are noticed and pass. the heart and mind are aligned, synchronised in bliss of being, the ambroosia of the soul floats, light and unclounded in ecstatic union with all that is.
Planes of Existence
Planes of conciousness are possible beyond normal waking conciousness and sleeping conciousness. Conciousness, or awareness, can exist in the body and the mind. Higher levels of conciousness, where awareness can be moved into the subtle body through the sashumna ( spine) and through the seven chakra point. When awareness presides in the crown chakra, the bliss of transcendence ensues, one is with God.
Awareness of the mind
The thinking mind, of concious and unconcious processes, predominant conciousness over the body. The solidy of though, the heavyness of the endless comings and goings of thought. Thoughts shaping our character, the tuning of our being through concious thought to strengthen our internal world. Mundra's are the auditory limb of yoga. Sound, syllable, word, or groups of words. Tuning devices that reverberate through the human body ( as opposed to projecting outwards). Capable of transformation of conciousness and human will.
Ajna - Opening of the Third Eye
Awakening of Ajna (Third Eye)
Ajna, the third eye, is located between and slightly above the eyes. Translating as "command", it is considered as the eye of intuition and insight. When something is being seen in the imagination or the "mind's eye", it is being seen by ajna. It is connected to the sense organ and the action organ through the mind. It is connected to the pineal and the pituitary gland.
The pineal gland is found in certain lizards, amphibians and fish (parietal eye), regulating circadian rhythm, while the pituitary gland is the master gland of all endocrine glands.
The sun and the moon see all.
The third eye is intune with the intuition, a deepening of wisdom, a deepening into meditative bliss.
Birth into Living Spirit
Sahasrara is the highest chakra point on the subtle body, eminating at the top of the sashumna above the ajna chakra. It is the chakra of pure conciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject.
Sahasrara symbolizes detachment from illusion, an essential element in obtaining higher conciousness. It eminates the wisdom of understanding that one is all and all is one. In the Hindu tradition, it is seen as Shiva, or the God head, uniting with the energy of Shakti and entering one into Samadhi and bliss. When the female kundalini Shakti energy rises to this point it unites with the male Shiva energy and a state of liberating Samadhi is attained. Symbolixed by a Lotus with one thousand multicoloured petals, it is located either at the crown
Crown of Spirit
Crown of Transcendence
The indigenous model of being, is the living in accord to the natural world, having a material and spiritual life that is not governed by ownership of the land and of possessions. The shaman in indigenous cultures, is the link between the spirit world and the tribal worlds. Serving to cure illness and find abundance for the tribe, the shaman's role is to take himself out of his being often through the use of psychadelic plants. Entering into higher states of conciousness, they return to the lower planes to find cures for illness and contact animal spirits for hunting.
Aboriginal Shaman 2
Seasons of our Lives
The aging process is not something to control, fight or ignore, it simply is and simply does. The clinging of attachment to the image of the body leads to much suffering. Earthly beauty should eminate from within outwards.
Inspiration, a connection to the formless to provide the forms of creation. The ambrosia of connecting to the mythical structures underlying human creativity and evolution.
Rebirth into Being
The Self in it's fullness is as vast and as complex as the universe itself. Our awareness of our self, is often limited to our ego structures of reality. Our ego develops in our concious mind as the map of the material universe, the way "things are" as we percieve them. The purpose of the ego is to protect the seperate identity from the unity, in a sense, the ego is responsible for the seperate identity. The self being incomprehensibly larger than the ego, is a fractal of the universe ( the totality of the universe is in you). The Self, or the true self, recognizes all the components of your being, the ego, the unconcious, the subconcious, the divinity, the soul and harmonises your being into your true nature.
Natural Reflection 2
Our inexplicable link to nature is the profound connection we have to our existence and the maintence of our being. All energy comes from the sun, being passed through plants to humans for our own energy. To shift ones awareness back to nature is to find peace and rest. The study of the forms of plants leads to an understanding on the divine and intelligent forms of nature, to the spectacle of the senses and the return to unity.
" Bhakti-Yoga is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love of God brings us eternal freedom. "Bhakti", says Narada in his explanation of the Bhakti-aphorisms, "is intense love of God"; "When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he becomes satisfied for ever." "This love cannot be reduced to any earthly benefit", because so long as worldly desires last that kind of love does not come; "Bhakti is greater than Karma, greater than Yoga, because these are intended for an object in view, while Bhakti is its own fruition, its own means and its own end." ". From the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. III, pp. 31-36.
There exists, in all of us, a dormant force known as the Kundalini. Beginning at the base of the spine, it awakes, mythalised by the Goddess Shakti. As it uncoils it moves it's way up the subtle body through the 7 chakra points till it finally meets at the crown chakra and is reunited with Shiva (the Godhead). As it works through the subtle body, visions, sensations of bliss, thoughts of the true nature of awareness and an opening and cleansing of your being ensues. Bewildering at first, the awakened Kundalini opens ones perceptions to the Spiritual universe. Love and devotion to all sentient beings and the onset of enlightenment are it's offerings. Surrendering to the intelligent and divine kundalini is necessary to progress into your true being.
The Passion of the Christ
The Passion of the Christ
Christ took incarnation to bring people back to the father, his sacrifice was his own life.
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? (My God, why have you forsaken me?)[
And speaking in a loud voice, Jesus said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit".
The Passion of the Christ (detail)
Mary and Christ (the veil)
Through coming to Christ, the son and the holy spirit, the heart opening to the vastness of God. The blissful awakening of the spirit that moves us and shows us what needs to be shown.
2 Corinthians 3:14b-16
(14b) ...for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
(15) Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
(16) But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away
Mary and Christ (indigenous)
The archetype of the bond between mother and son, Jesus and Mary, The Holy Mother. Jesus and Mary indigenuous, the spirit of The Holy Mother is evident in all religious groups. The love and nurturing mother, the sweet and gentle baby. Their love is deep and rich.
Christ and the Apostles
The Four Noble Truths
1. Life means suffering.
2. The origin of suffering is attachment.
3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.
4. The path to the cessation of suffering.
Death Leading the Hand of Man through the passing of time, overseen by the sun,the moon and the Tree of Life (Detail)
Samsara - Samadhi
The grace of existence, of beauty and bounty. Through the grace of our parents we emerge, through the grace of God we are eternal.
Hanuman is an Indian deity, known as an incarnation of Shiva.
Do an Āratī of Playful Hanumāna, Who destroys the wicked and Who is a part of Lord Raghunātha, Who went to the underground territories and shattered the prisons of Yama, Who uprooted the arm of Ahirāvaṇa, Who destroyed the army of demons with the left hand, and Who absolves the saints with His right hand.
Christ with Thorns
"Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, "Hail, King of the Jews !" and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man ) !"
The Soul leaving the body at the moment of Death
The soul is the essence of our being. Our soul takes incarnation in our body, to enter Samsara, life and death. As death takes a grip, our awarness is pushed through the elements of our body and mind, before residing back into the soul to leave the body at the moment of death.
The Soul leaving the body at the moment of Death (detail)
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Contemplation of Physical death
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Contemplation of Physical death 3
Contemplation of Physical death 4
Contemplation of Physical death 5
Day of the Dead
Personification of Death
Death in a leather jacket
Preserved Cadaver Study
Dead Bird Foetus
Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas
Earthly beauty, the attachment to items of personal vanity, the certainty of death and the reflection of the self. To shift ones awareness away from vanity, from reverence and indulgences of the ego, to the embrace of nature and the living world.
An aging man, being pushed by a carer is moved through the cycles of his existence. The merry go round speaks of the spectacle of youthful experience, together, transfused, old and young. Acceptance and surrender to time, to change, to remain present in the moment without the clinging to the past and the expectation of the future.
Death Leading the Hand of Man through the passing of time, overseen by the sun,the moon and the Tree of Life
Each day is one step closer to death, the tree of life, the metaphorical symbol for the axis mundi, symbolic of the transcendant experience. Branches reaching into the heavens, root on the earthly plane and the roots digging down into the underworld. The sun and the moon are observers on the dramas of our existence.