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Aum at Dawn£ 90.00 – £ 850.00 BUY
The AUM symbol symbolises the Universe and the ultimate reality. It is the sound that reverberates in the entire cosmos and in every cell of our body. It is believed to be the sound present at the beginning of the Universe from which all creation spawned. At the dawn of creation, from emptiness first emerged a syllable consisting of three letters – A-U-M (often written as OM).
The symbol has spiritual meaning across all Indian religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.
The three phonetic parts of AUM also represent the rule of three. The holy trinity has many faiths built around it, and similarly, Aum represents all of these trios. This powerful syllable represents all that is and this trio links to many other aspects of life. This syllable is also linked to creation (Brahma), sustaining (Vishnu) and destruction (Shiva); Consciousness, unconsciousness, and subconsciousness; Heaven, Earth and The Underworld; Start, Middle and End; Dawn, Afternoon and Dusk.
By placing this beautiful AUM artwork in your home you are reconnecting to the love, peace and divine oneness within your own heart and throughout the Universe.
Here, the AUM symbol is represented by the artist using a technique called fragmentation.
Artist: Patrizio Landolfi, Original Media: Oil on Acrylic (mixed media)
Cosmic Shiva£ 130.00 – £ 600.00 BUY
Introducing the “Cosmic Shiva”, a painting by talented artist London based Karun Soni, depicting the Hindu god Lord Shiva, using acrylic iterations for a layered approach. The colours are reminiscent of outer space, coupled with warm reds symbolic of a focus mind juxtaposed with an all-knowing, all-seeing perspective.
This piece combines the themes of mental health and the teachings of Lord Shiva. Central to the piece, Shiva is seen to be meditating in order to gain control of his anxious thought. Here He represents the human condition. His teachings focusing on the importance of self-control of the mind, body and spirit in order to lead a successful life.
Guru Nanak£ 135.00 – £ 480.00 BUY
Guru Nanak, was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. In His eyes, every being is equal. He was an enlightened soul who walked this Earth to spread the message of God.
In this beautiful depiction by Italian artist Giampaolo Tomassetti, the artist uses a vibrant golden hue to depict His aura as being brighter than the sun. His meditative pose and gentle eyes reflect a quiet wisdom. In one hand He holds a white rose in his hand symbolising purity of thought and the transient nature of life, and in the other He hold prayer beads.
On the right a discipline stands head bowed in reverence to the Guru, holding the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) with Khanda emblem in the centre. This signifies the power of God, spiritual sovereignty, oneness and the unity of humanity.
On the bottom left of the painting, a Sikh man showcases his skills by riding two horses at the same time. His connection with the horses is strong and symbolises the connection every person must have with God in life “for the body is the horse, upon which one rides to God” says a line in the Guru Granth Sahib, the central religious scripture of Sikhism. We also see a crowd of devotees in front of the Golden Temple, the most important spiritual site in Sikhism.
Tomassetti’s piece brings out the hopeful message of the Sikh culture that we are all God’s creations.
Ma Lakshmi£ 120.00 – £ 450.00 BUY
The central figure in this piece is Ma Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity, who is worshipped throughout the year but specifically on Diwali, the festival of lights. Lakshmi, bedecked in the finest jewellery and a magnificent crown, all made of gold, is sitting on a lotus pedestal while also holding the flower in two of her hands. The lotus signifies fortune and prosperity. One of Lakshmi’s hands is seen showering earth with apples that are making the farmers prosperous. The golden backdrop that surrounds Lakshmi symbolises the prosperity that she is bestowing upon earth.
On Lakshmi’s left, the artist of this beautiful artwork, Italian born Giampaolo Tomassetti depicts Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent, while She sits at His feet. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe, and together with Lakshmi, they represent the growth and prosperity of the universe.
Tomassetti makes a clear distinction between the divine and the real world, which is depicted by way of aerial views of a field, a village and a temple at the bottom of the painting. The painting as a whole is an homage to life in the universe or the cosmos.
Medicine Buddha£ 135.00 – £ 900.00 BUY
In this painting you see, Italian artist Parama Libralesso depicts Medicine Buddha, also known as Bhaisayaguru, as a symbol of the healing process. It is that force that guide us in the awakening of the innate healing wisdom that is present in every individual. His meditative pose reminds us that we should look inwards to answer all the questions we ask.
On a white lotus, inlaid with the sheet of the moon, the Buddha of Medicine sits.
His healing body, a dark, transparent blue, is in a state of thorough transformation. In his right hand he holds the plant of Haritaki in the “welcoming gesture” (varadamudrā), and in the left the healing nectar for all, mind, body and soul diseases.
The butterflies symbolise the process, from voracious caterpillar to fluttering creatures able to elect the best nourishment, the pollen. His irises are gold, his gaze looking beyond any illusory veil and judgement, healing all ailment. He is surrounded by the sacred plants of shamanic traditions, as incarnations of healing aspects of nature.
The Medicine Buddha is here to heal all ailments regardless of their nature, this is the perfect time to bring Him into your home.
Shiva and the Ganges£ 175.00 – £ 1,200.00 BUY
Most depictions of Lord Shiva show the River Ganga flowing from his hair, this is the story behind this:
There once was a powerful King called Sagar, who was about to conduct a horse sacrifice, to show his power over all of the Gods. Indra, the King of Heaven became jealous of this and stole the horse. He hid the horse in the ashram of a Sage who was meditating. King Sagar and his 60,000 sons found the horse in the ashram and began assaulting the Sage, as they thought he was the culprit. The Sage woke up from his meditation and killed all of his sons. King Sagar pleaded for forgiveness. The sage told him that he could take their souls to heaven and save the life of his grandson if the River Ganga came down from the heavens to purify their souls.
The force of the River Ganga flowing down from the heavens would destroy everything on Earth. So they sought the help of Lord Shiva. As he would be the only one who could withstand the power of Ganga, to break up her descent. Thus, Ganga fell on Shiva’s head, and he calmly let her out in small streams.
This painting is a depiction of this story, one can see the River Ganga flowing from Shiva’s hair, down through the lingam, through Ganesha into Gangotri (the source of the River Ganga on earth) and then eventually into Benares/Varanasi – the City of Death and Rebirth. The artist has included so much hidden detail within this artwork, leaving you mesmerised in awe.
Artist: Giampaolo Tomassetti, Original Media: Oil on Canvas
Sleeping Angel£ 95.00 – £ 400.00 BUY
This artwork by Italian artist Pietro Di Giovannantonio symbolises the belief common to different faiths, that we are never alone, there is always a guardian angel beside us – watching over us and protecting us.
Central to the painting is a sleeping angel, who is dressed in heavenly white and looks serene and calm. A golden ring of divine light surrounds the angel, who appears to be floating through the sky, as if in a dream.
This piece symbolises this intimate bond that our guardian angels share with us as they lead us to the path of righteousness. This guardian angel has descended onto earth from heaven above to protect its believer from evil and generate good and fruitful thoughts.
Artist: Pietro Di Giovannantonio
Winter Buddha – Absorbing Energy£ 90.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
Inspired by the story of Buddha finding enlightenment whilst meditating underneath the Bodhi tree without moving for seven days.
This piece, one of a collection of 4 representing the four seasons of Buddha, pushes the boundaries of natures’ potential further. At night we see that the plants and weeping willow provide natural light and a source of energy for Buddha. This piece conveys serenity and spirituality, and being at one with your surroundings. With a similar colour scheme throughout, the Buddha and the tree become ‘one’ during his quest for inner peace.
Artist: Karun Soni, Original Media: Oil on canvas
Ganesha – Cosmic Dance£ 75.00 – £ 240.00 BUY
Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant God, not only signifies an auspicious beginning and good fortune, but also holds a wealth of meaning.
If you look closely, you will see the big ears and large head, a product of wisdom gained from listening and reading. The trunk and fingers curved into the shape of Aum, the universal sound that is essential to meditation. The belly and body depicting Mount Kailash – Home of his father Lord Shiva, with a line of elephants struggling to go uphill, symbolising the hardship of today’s material world. In his right hand Lord Ganesha holds the ankusha (tool used to guide) with the Natraja avatar of Lord Shiva dancing. This painting reinforces how powerful they both are.
Artist: Giampaolo Tomassetti, Original Media: Oil on Canvas
To read more about Ganesha – BEGINNING WITH GANESHA: ARTWORK THAT INSPIRES