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Srila Prabhupada£ 108.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
To commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness – A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada we are happy to unveil this new artwork by Italian artist Pietro Di Giovannantonio, fondly known as Prasanta Das, to celebrate the life and works of this phenomenal spiritual leader, who worked tirelessly to spread the power of Krishna Consciousness across the world.
In just twelve years, in spite of his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe fourteen times that took him to six continents. His writings constitute a library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture. He wrote 51 volumes of books with translations in 28 languages, notably the Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam. He established 108 temples in most major cities around the world and touched many people who can now carry on the teachings of his philosophy.
Das depicts Srila Prabhupada in a quiet, reflective state. His hands intertwined with each other, his face composed and stoic. He is surrounded by nature, and yet doesn’t overshadow its presence. Srila Prabhupada wears austere orange robes and sits on a seat painted red. These colours can be overpowering, and yet, in this piece, they are given a muted hue. This artwork reflects the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, who said humans suffer because of their constant struggle to conquer nature in pursuit of happiness rather than co-exist alongside it, thus creating a false consciousness. Material comforts are nothing but Maya, an illusion of freedom, when the reality is humans have never been as bound by laws as they are now. To break away from this illusion, Srila Prabhupada said, is to revive the pure Krishna Consciousness that lies dormant within all who walk this Earth.
Yoga System£ 90.00 – £ 990.00 BUY
Yoga is a practice of physical, mental and spiritual discipline, which represents the mind, body and soul. This unique artwork is called the Yoga System, it’s composition symbolises peace. In the centre of the artwork there is a silhouette of a person in “asana” – the Sanksrit word for yogic posture or movement.
Above, there is the Maha mantra in Sanksrit :
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Ram Ram, Hare Hare.
The Maha mantra is chanted for benefits of the energies that come from the three Hindu deities that make up the mantra. The name Maha, means great; mantra is a composition of two Sanksrit words meaning mind and instrument. Thus in yoga, chanting a mantra, stills the mind in meditation and allows it to focus concentration on a single thought, resulting in spiritual awakening and a higher level of consciousness.
On the sides of the artwork, there are beautiful symbols which have been taken from various Indian dialects depicting AUM – the universal sound. Aum is one of the most recognized symbols in the world and is used regularly during the practice of Yoga.
The use of the colour in this artwork is uplifting, it reminds you of the eternal sky and, in turn reminds you of contemplation in the meditative state. In this painting of the Yoga System, the artist has adopted a contemporary style, to portray Inner Peace.
Artist: Patrizio Landolfi, Original Media: Mixed technique on canvas with gold leaf