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The alchemy of crystals

Created: 2001
Original mandala:
gel pen, bindis
8in x 8in
(21cm x 21cm)

The alchemy of crystals, mandala for meditation, healing and decoration, by Prem Shashi; acrylic, gel pen, bindis; red, purple, yellow black, light grey, blue

Digital version background: Photoshop

Various sizes and formats 


DEEP DOWN AT THE HEART of the atom something is growing, something is being transformed and re-organised into a new and crystalline beauty. Baked by the fierce fires of the alchemist’s crucible, gross matter is turning into gold, or the magical elixir of life.

This age-old quest of the alchemists demanded such discipline, such awareness from its practitioners that by the time the longed-for crystals might have appeared in their vessels, the gross matter of their minds too would have been transformed by the work. The harmony of the emerging crystalline form reflects the harmony that his meditation has brought to the alchemist’s own being. And no crystal could form if the alchemist’s mind remained impure, for ultimately he and his crucible were not two.

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