What do you glimpse of the divine in the above picture? Think of the warmth of the sun as it falls on your skin. Think of its glow as it rests on the mountain tops, on the fields, on the waves in the ocean. One of the most divine sights in our world, to me, is the sunset. The green flash as the sun hits the horizon. The colors in the sky after the sun goes down, the way these colors bounce off the water, the hills and valleys. Thank goodness for the gift of eyesight, so I can see these gifts of the divine!
Darshan as a relationship between artist and their art..
Darshan is sanskrit for a glimpse of the divine. It literally translates as seeing or beholding a vision or apparition . One can receive a darshana blessing from a saintly person or object of great spirituality. It involves a heightening of spirituality. Darshan is ultimately difficult to define since it is an event in consciousness—an interaction in presence between devotee and guru; or between devotee and image or sculpture, which focuses and calls out the consciousness of the devotee. In either event, a heightening of consciousness or spirituality is the intended effect. To me, it also sounds a lot like the experience of creating or viewing “secular” art.
I created the first in the darshan series when experimenting with several textures of mulberry paper glued on canvas. The effects were exciting. Pieces of the pulp showed through under the paint. Water color effects were noted. I stumbled upon the word darshan in my literary travels, and loved the word and the definition. Each of the six pieces in the series is intended to evoke aspects of the divine, thru symbology, color, design or theme. The first conveys above and below, the hidden and the divine. It glows with inner light. The roots of everyday life, and the moon of the goddess are juxtaposed.
Life is a blank canvas on which we paint our impressions, experiences, wisdom, compassion, and laughter.