Aditya Hridayam

Aditya Hridayam
Watercolor, 5 x 7 inches
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I worked right through the solstice, on my feet for six hours straight. At the end of the day, after a fleeting thought about a drink (no, I would never make a painting), I stopped at the library and swept the spiritual section of audio CDs.

Ram Dass has been on my mind recently. In the early 90's, I was fortunate to sit up close with him at several occasions in Boston. Last night I listened to one of his much earlier talks —Here We All Are—that includes a bonus CD of his chanting recorded in the late 60's as Dr. Richard Alpert was making his transformation to Baba Ram Dass.

One of the recorded chants was
ADITYA HRIDAYAM PUNYAM
SARV SHATRU BENA SHENAM
that translates as
All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart. —Ramayana
Aditya Hridayam is a Hindu hymn to the sun god. As I listened, I was finishing the second of two paintings made to celebrate the return of the light.

Another perfect confluence.

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7 comments:

joshemari said...

Suzanne, très jolie aquarelle avec des couleurs magnifiques. Ça a été l'inspiration de l'hymne au dieu soleil.
Je te souhaite une année 2011 pleine de joie.
Je t'embrase.

Cathy Gatland said...

Good to see you back Suzanne - with positively incandescent painting, may your new year be as radiant!

RHCarpenter said...

Cathy said it best - this is incandescent! For there to be light, there must be darkness; for there to be darkness, there must be light.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Joshemari! Vos commentaires toujours toucher mon cœur. Vos commentaires toujours touché mon coeur et me font sourire. Merci, mon cher.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Cathy... Let all our new years be radiant!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Rhonda! Yes, indeedy, with the yin and yang. Who would know one without the other—embraced in their eternal dance.

africantapestry said...

Lovely waterco,lor Suxzanne!!
Ronell