Karmic Doorways Series





  • The word dharma in Sanskrit means adherence to truth in action and conduct. There are two ways to practice righteousness. One way is to listen to our intuition and seek teachers' advice. Another way is to practice non-violence that causes the least possible harm in our thoughts and actions. 


    I grew up in a small village situated in the Southern coastal region of India until my teenage years. I was raised in a middle-class joint family, meaning three generations (myself and my siblings, parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncle) of family members lived together in the same household. My father was the primary breadwinner. My grandmother had a small home-based business selling papads and pickles, my grandfather was retired, my uncle had a disability, and my aunt was an elementary school teacher. My mother was a homemaker and a hard worker. There was no room for discretionary income, and my family was careful with spending but not frugal. My grandmother and mother always offered food to families who had trouble meeting their ends.


    I vividly recall an incident. A young family of four strangers stood by our gate to grab our attention. My grandfather stepped out and inquired about their whereabouts and found that they were homeless. They were famished. My grandfather let them sit on our porch until my grandmother and mother brought fresh home-cooked meals hot from the stove and served them. I could still picture the scene where they sat with their legs crossed on our cement floor; they relished every mouthful of the fresh meal served on a banana leaf. I would call this "dharmic offering."



    Mixed Media on hardboard panel

    Materials Used: acrylic paint; acrylic ink; gold metal leaf; pebeo cerne relief outliner.


    Image Size

    6" H x 6" W 


    The artwork is original and signed. The painting is varnished for protection, wired, and ready to hang, and comes with a sleek custom black floater frame that is 1.5 inches deep.