When creating my latest deviation
I played around with colours. As I loved both outcomes in the end, I decided to keep this one too and as it looks more Universe than earth bound due to the colours to make this one even more spiritual. To focus on bhakti, on love divine, the eternal, the source of life, the source of all that is.
In certain traditions it is believed, that souls emerge from a lotus. The bud of the lotus symbolizes potential, specifically of spiritual nature. Because the lotus rises from mud and unclean water to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity non-attachment and resurrection.
In the same way the individual consciousness goes through darkness and conflicts on its path to enlightenment as the so-called impurities of unenlightened thoughts and emotions gradually fade. The heart of beings is seen as an unopened lotus. When the spiritual nature develops, the lotus unfolds and blossoms.
The heart-lotus or "lotus of heart" is the centre of the infinite, omnipresent consciousness which connects with the consciousness of the universe. Through the intuition of the heart, one of man's divine gifts, the spiritual student can see the infinite, omnipresent consciousness as the lotus flower within himself.
The lotus is a symbol of Bhakti or love for God. Most people let their love flow towards the mundane world. But a devotee redirects his love only towards God, who resides with in one’s heart. Though God is present everywhere, it is in the heart, our spiritual centre, that He manifests as Param-Atma or the Supersoul. The heart of the devotee is the ‘Lord’s temple room.
Thus, the Lotus represents the heart. It is not the physical heart but the spiritual heart that the lotus represents. Mahanarayana Upanishad says, ‘In the citadel of the body, there is the small sinless and pure lotus of the heart which is the residence of the Supreme.
Om ॐ; in Devanagari as ओं oṃ [õː], औं auṃ [ə̃ũ], or 'ओ३म्' om [õːm]) is a mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin, sacred and important in various religions.
The syllable "om" is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. It is believed, that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM". Before creation began it was the emptiness or the void. This void represents more than nothingness, because everything then existed in a latent state of potentiality. The vibration of "OM" symbolises the manifestation of God in form. "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists.
The mantra "OM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects, creation, preservation liberation, and/or destruction. Om is said to be the primordial sound that was present at the creation of the universe. It is said to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras.
In Bhagavad Gitā (9.17): Lord Krishna says to Arjuna – "I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable oṃ.
The sanskrit words translate as Radha Krsna. Radha Krishna (IAST rādhā-kṛṣṇa, Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण) are collectively known within Hinduism as the combination of both the feminine as well as the masculine aspects of God. Krishna is often referred as svayam bhagavan in Gaudiya Vaishnavism and Radha is Krishna's supreme beloved. With Krishna, Radha is acknowledged as the Supreme Goddess, for it is said that she controls Krishna with Her love. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha "enchants" even Him. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all. Radha Krishna".
It is believed that Krishna has left the circle of the rasa dance to search for Radha. It is also believed that Radha is not just one cowherd maiden, but is the origin of all the gopis, or divine personalities that participate in the rasa dance. In Vedic and Puranic literature, Radhas and other forms of the root >rAdh have meaning of ‘perfection’, ‘success’ and even ‘wealth’.
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