Samsara – The Cosmic Tree

69″ x 67″

Mixed Media on Canvas

Please read more on the concept behind the piece in my blog under the project titled “I am not my body”.

The inverted tree, Ashwattha (Ficus Religiosa), is a metaphor used in Bhagavad Gita to explain the meaning of life and illustrate the vastness of the Universe.The verse you see by the branch on the top right, is the inspiration for the painting. If you step a few feet back, you will notice that the tree spans many realms (known as Lokams). Satya Lokam, the realm of absolute Truth, is at the very top, followed by thirteen other planes of existence. They are labeled on the sides of the painting in Sanskrit.

This tree has no beginning. It has no end. It is not rooted anywhere. It has no form that you can perceive. It is indestructible. Detachment is the only weapon at your disposal to remove your branch and break free.  (Srimad Bhagavad Gita 15.3,4)