May 26, 2018

Connecting to the Sun

 A conversation with the sun, oil, 11 by 14 in hes
 A hillside sunset, oil, 12 by 16 inches
Wrapped in gold, 11 by 14 inches oil
In a way this post is about acknowledging and thanking the sun that is playing a definite role in my daily life. When I got very sick, I was asked to chant  "Aditya Hridayam Stotram" (a prayer of the Sun Lord) and it was composed by the great Sage Agastya. It is said that the stotram was composed when Agastya saw Rama being depleted of energy while fighting against Ravana in Ramayana. Well, When there is desperation for an outcome,  we would try beyond our belief systems, I did gain by doing so and I gradually realized the lighting up of the sun within.  Since then I have been in to surya Namaskar, the salutation to the sun with gratitude. Stepping out in to the morning sun and feeling the warm positive energy has been a priceless experience.

14 comments:

  1. How beautiful, each and every one, Padmaja! As much as I know the sun is life sustaining, I admit to relating more to the rain and somberness of the clouds. But the sun has its place in my life too and I am glad it brings you such life, such joy!

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  2. Padmaja, these are lovely! "Wrapped in Gold" is my favorite. The colors are gorgeous and the composition is striking. The viewer is pulled right into the painting. Yes, gratitude to the sun is a great way to express the feeling. Happy Saturday!

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  3. Oh Padmaja!! These are all SO beautifully painted. The third one caught my eye right away... Wrapped in gold is absolutely gorgeous... The morning sun is wonderful....I hope you're feeling better, my friend!!! Keep those paintings coming... Hugs!!!!

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  4. Three wonderful and powerful works , your color choices are amazing and gratitude towards the sun is beautifully expressed in these eye catching works. Wishing you all the best .

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  5. Impressive paintings.It is also my personal belief from experience that chanting of Aditya Hrudayam with faith is highly beneficial

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  6. The energy from the Sun at dawn stimulates the lethargic mind, basking body and blank mind. Of course believe it or not mantra has its sanctity to calm down turbulent mids. Wonderful art from your wonderful bushes.

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  7. Your appreciation of the sun and nature always shines through your work Padmaja!!! I wish you health and prosperity , energy to keep painting .xxx

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  8. The paintings are stellar but reading the story adds a beautiful and thoughtful dimension to the creation of these works. I am aware of the admiration I feel for you as you have survived so graciously this part of your life.

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  10. Good Morning. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. This post was a perfect first visit for me. The Sun is my Icon for Hope. I always remember a specific day that felt like the end of the world for me. I looked around and the Sun was shining so brightly I was reminded of my place in this world and drew strength from the Sun's warming rays.

    I don't paint, but I admire those that have the gift of translating their thoughts to canvas so magnificently.
    xx, Carol

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  11. Lovely paintings. All these chantings like the Aditya Hridayam Stotram has a soothing effect on the body.
    Apart from the good effect, the Surya namaskar has on our body, there is some additional benefit from the Sun's rays (the early morning ray) It is said that the Far Infra Red Rays from the Sun is emitted in the rising and setting Sun. This is one of the reasons why our forefathers were very healthy as they used to be out in the field early in the morning wearing only the loin cloth whereby having maximum exposure to Sunlight.

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  12. I love the colors and textures that are dancing with light - beautiful and powerful paintings and sentiments. So happy for you that surya namaskaras and aditya hridayamstotra have helped you find your light and energy !

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  13. Whatever you have written in this post is absolutely scientific. Our scriptures and science talk of the same thing but in different ways. And you expressing it through your paintings can be the third dimension. Wish you lots of good health and happy painting days.

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