Karmic Doorways Series
In Sanskrit, the word Yajna refers to a fire ceremony, sacred ritual worship performed by priests chanting Vedic hymns detailed with layers of symbol and meaning.
I grew up with a family tradition in which performing a ceremony centered upon the concept of divinity. The melody of the vibration from the Vedic hymns chanted by the priests gave me goosebumps. It is not that we need to know or understand the meaning of the mantras, but the sound of the melody transcends the bounds of reality. The offering of ghee and cooked rice nourished the burning of firewood enclosed in a wall of bricks. The effect of the smoke from the fire symbolizes that our offerings sent to the divine are sacred, and every action we do is an intention to purify our mind, body, and soul.
The ceremonial surrounding included a pile of rose and lotus petals edging the rim of an oversized vintage brass plate and a gigantic rice paste mandala drawn by my mother on our black oxide floor. Each part of the ceremony instilled warmth and gratitude within our minds, which created good energy. It was the only occasion when my grandfather prepared his gooey authentic brown sugar rice pudding, which oozed with ghee (otherwise called clarified butter). It was generously topped with roasted raisins, cashew nuts, and dried coconut flakes. My brother and I had to wait patiently until the end to taste our grandfather’s rice pudding but first, we had a job to do. My grandmother always brought out a bunch of stainless-steel bowls packed with rice pudding, and it was our duty to go drop off the treat to a few homes in our neighborhood. We raced to get this job done as quickly as possible to get home fast and eat the yummy rice pudding. Those were undoubtedly the good times of my childhood.
Mixed Media on hardboard panel
Materials Used: acrylic paint; acrylic ink; gold metal leaf; pebeo cerne relief outliner.
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.