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Crown of light

Created: 2003
Original mandala:
metallic pen, bindis
10in x 10in
(25cm x 25cm)

Crown of light, mandala for meditaiton, healing and decoration, by Prem Shashi; metallic pen, bindis; gold, black, points of colour

Not available as a canvas print. Print on photo paper possible in smaller sizes.

CHRISTIAN AND OTHER SAINTS have long been represented with halos – circles of light surrounding the head – as an attempt to convey visually the miracle of transformed consciousness. The head of the Buddha, of Mahavira, of Rumi, of Jesus, of Osho, of any enlightened being, is not the same inside as the head of an ordinary person. The physical transformation that occurs with enlightenment has changed the actual structure of the brain, giving such beings access to the 95% or so of the human brain that is not ordinarily used.

A halo, or crown of light, is some faint reflection of this wonder. And this crown is filled with a rainbow of coloured jewels – an indication of the splendour and majesty of the fully awakened human. It is also densely criss-crossed by lines – a reflection of the rich and harmonious network of new neural pathways that comes into being with enlightenment.

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