Visiting the Louvre (Online)

Remote work-life began for me on March 16th 2020 in Minnesota, United States. Life as we knew it ended. In slow motion time cycles globally, many of our institutions closed. Alongside the shock and grieving for the tragic illness and death due to COVID-19 that continues across the globe with the United States at the…

Virat Rupa – Gigantic Universal Form

Reading the Vaishnava text, the Srimad Bhagavatam, one encounters incredible and complex descriptions of the universe and its meanings – it’s a vast scripture that seekers dedicate their lives to reading, hearing and absorbing. Last week reading the descriptions in the Second Canto (Chapter 1) I was struck by the description of the gigantic universal…

Experiments inspired by Folk Art

Madhubani art, from the region of ancient Mithila, modern-day state of Bihar, Eastern India. Childlike forms, gods and goddesses, story glimpses flash in my mind. The landscape of Indian folk art is vast and Madhubani art is a popular artform, familiar, seen in paintings, on sarees. Now on Pinterest and You Tube videos, it is obvious…

Illusion and/or Reality 

My interest in the Silk Road and related topics led me recently to watch two series  – remarkably grand productions – on Netflix, “The Story of the Buddha”, a production from India, and “Marco Polo” a production from Hollywood. Both made a deep impression on me. Each told a story of historical periods, the first,…

Interstitial

I’m not quite sure how the word and the concept of ‘interstitial’ has come to the forefront of my consciousness since last week.  Perhaps it showed up in the interstices of my mind during one of my chanting meditations. Or perhaps it was in something I read. In any case, the word concept has captured…

Ruminations on Religion

The topic of religion and its more inclusive cousin, spirituality, has always fascinated me. I have found myself often in some sort of dialogue with the topic – in discovery within, or in reaction to, or in direct engagement with, over time. Being born and raised in a country/land steeped in religion and spirituality, India,…