Thursday, August 20, 2009

SYMBOLISM OF BABAJI MANDALA

Zazzle has questioned my use of the swastika in this mandala, so I would like to clarify the use of the symbolism in this design. Everyone is familiar with the Roman Cross used in Christianity. There are, of course, variations on this including Celtic Crosses and some used by Eastern Orthodox churches. Part of what I wanted to show in this image is that the cross has a more universal significance than just its association with Christianity.
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To that end, I included the Egyptian Ahnk which was an earlier form of the cross. The Egyptians performed ritual crucifixions as part of their ancient initiations including those in the Great Pyramid.
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Another early form of the cross was the swastika. I think of it as the cross in motion. It has become a controversial symbol in the West, because of its misuse by Hitler. He took it from ancient Nordic tradition where it was the Hammer of Thor. Some say that he reversed the rotation of the sign and thereby turned it into a black magic symbol. The direction of rotation, however, can be better understood as simply a matter of polarity.
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All creation is made up of positive and negative polarity and one cannot exist without the other. Thus, the swastika is a powerful symbol of the underlying nature of the Universe. It is found in Hindu and Buddhist traditions as well and Native Americans had their versions, so it predates the Nazis by centuries if not millenia.
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As an introduction to the topic, I would recommend the excellent article on Wikepedia.
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Expanding on the theme of polarity, I included the Chinese symbol of Tao. It is another beautiful expression of unity from duality. You begin to see that the mandala and its symbols take us around the world as an expression of the universality of meanings.
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A great example of that is the Star of David associated with Judaism. The interlocked triangles can be found in other traditions as well, however, incuding Hinduism. This is another expression of balance in polarity. One triangle is represents the masculine polarity, the other the feminine.
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The other symbol included is the OM symbol which represents the unity which trancends all the duality we find in this creation. All around the world, we find beautiful reference to the One God which used polarity to create all the diversity which eminates from duality.
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It was my intention in creating this piece to inspire us all to reflect on the deeper meanings behind this wonderful creation and perhaps spur us to investigate all this further.
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In this light, Babaji is the Baba or father of we who live on this planet and he asks us to live as brothers and sisters.
Since I first posted this, Zazzle has banned my use of the mandala because of the swastika. They would not relent, so I created a revised mandala using an Aztec form of the swastika. I consider the mandala, my most important design; so it is important to me to keep it available.

2010 CALENDARS

I have not posted anything on this site lately, becasue I have been busy creating a line of calendars and posting them on Zazzle. I have five 2010 sets ready.
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This is the link to the first calendar.

http://www.zazzle.com/2010_calendar_1a-158915921247383282?rf=238515376438929878
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It will probably not be most people's favorite, but it includes several of my early mandalas which remain some of my favorites. I expect that most viewers will prefer the flower mandalas or even the flower composite calendar #5. The others may all be linked from this first one.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

BARREL CACTUS COMPOSITE 2

This is anothere barrel cactus composite made with the brighter colored flowers. This one may be a little too busy. I may have gotten carried away trying to fill all the space and use all the blossoms. I could easily create a simplified version if anyone wanted.
Can be used as a print or poster or made into a card.
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REFERENCE: i99

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BARREL CACTUS COMPOSITE 1

I am starting to use a new approach to what I call composites. I am laying out the flowers in symmetrical designs.
Suitable as a print, poster or card.
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REFERENCE: i98

BARREL CACTUS BORDER 1 WITH DESIDERATA

When was the last time you read Desiderata? I have just rediscovered it. In my youth, I thought it was beautiful, but I find more meaning in it now. I remember Ed Ames reading it with his rich barritone voice back in the sixties. The border is made with barrrel cactus flowers and can be used with other text if you prefer. This is enough text that it would look good as a poster, but could be a smaller print.
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REFERENCE: i97, t72