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The Art of Ganesha

Ganesh was molded from clay by his mother Parvati who literally breathed her son to life with her love. In Mumbai, India there is a beautiful tradition of sculpting Ganesh “Murti’s” or statues from clay, painting and decorating them, and then carrying them to the ocean so that can dissolve back into Spirit. Here’s a collection of photos takes by my dear friend Surendar Kyshatriya. EnjoyImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
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Holy Cow – Tumeric Painted Divine Bovine

Holy Cow - Tumeric, Safron, Painted Divine Bovine

No photoshop necessary. Here’s a fun shot I took in Mysore, South India of a cow painted with Tumeric during a Harvest festival. This photo was taken in the central market place which is one of the most impressive outdoor markets I’ve ever visited. An abundance of fresh fruit, spices, incense and yes, they even have a golden wish fullfilling cow. Namaste

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The Art of Decay

Wall Textures have always beenĀ and continue to be a great source of inspiration for me. The juxtaposition between the grit and the brightly colored paint fading into the Sun Light, speaks volumes to me as an artist. The more something is worn the more soul it seems to have, the more a song is played the more it takes on a life of its own, and in the end All songs fade into silence ear- regardless of genre and style. Every great art form is always in a state of flux, constantly growing evolving and ultimately fading back into the great mystery. When we Remember that everything is passing while simultaneously savoring every drop of the experience, that in my mind is the greatest work of art, a life well lived. Photos by MC Yogi

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Spiritual Graffiti

Street Art conveys the values of a culture. Walking through India I can see the imagination of her people. Artist illuminate and bring the inner world to the surface so society can take benefit. This is why when I was painting and bombing the streets as a graff writer I eventually came to the realization that painting my own name was superficial and didn’t really benefit anyone besides my own ego. I never stopped painting but now I’m more interested in painting and creating something which inspires a greater sense of reverence. Love and respect. Hopefully these photo convey that Love.
Photos by Surendar, MC Yogi, Binsky & Ram

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Ganesha

Ganesha remover of obstacles, is the son of Shiva, and is known for gaurding the gate to the great temple. Whenever we experience an obstacle if we are wise we will recognize that it is Ganesh in disguise, and He is appearing because we are close to Shiva. In order to gain access to the Self (ie boundless bliss and unbroken peace) we must literally chop off the limited aspects of our own mind in order to see and be in the presence of that which is shinning in everything. Photos by Surendar

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Temple Facade

The Temples of India are often ornately decorated with myriad forms of divine beings, demonic figures, angelic animals etc.. The intricate carvings remind us that the Great Light takes every form, that which orchestrates the cosmos is present in every square inch. In the ancient world there existed an underlying ethos that everything is part and parcel of the whole, the totality of the universe is hidden in every form. Gazing upward toward the brightly colored hand painted temple surface I am reminded that everything is the skin of the Divine. Photos by Surendar Kshatriya

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Hanuman Temple

We stopped for tea on the way to the Mountain (Arunacahala) and across the street a giant Hanuman (the monkey warrior) statue stood like a tower. Hanuman is considered a Pillar of auspiciousness, embodying humble service to the Divine. He is the messenger of the King, representing the unstoppable power of Love and Devotion. His strength and knowledge of Yoga is said to be unsurpassed in the three worlds.
Photos by MC Yogi, Surendar & Ram.