GANESHA AWAKENING LIMITED EDITION PRINT SYMBOLISM
The Hindu deity Ganesha has much symbolism. Lord of beginnings, Lord of obstacles, abundance, wisdom, and creativity. In this painting the inspiration is awakening – an elevation of consciousness.
In traditional Hindu iconography every part of the painting has a symbolic meaning. This painting is a modern, and western version of the deity. As I approach each painting as a meditation and devotional practice, learning the traditional meanings has helped me to bring greater awareness to every aspect of the painting, and therefore land greater presence and clarity with the piece. At the same time, my direct experience in working with forces of consciousness has given me my own insigths.
Below is a list of the symbolsim of this painting which I originally created as a commission for a client. Some of the descriptions I have used references which I have cited below. Others are my reflections from direct experience. And a couple of the descriptions are based on conversations with my late teacher, Samuel Sagan during a project creating a Ganesha portrait for Hidden Valley retreat center.
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I hope that this list can bring greater enjoyment and illumination to your experience of Ganesha Awakening!
Please let me know your thoughts and your own insights by leaving your comments below.
Eva Rudy Jansen, 2007, The Book of Hindu Imagery. AH Haarlem, The Netherlands: Binkey Kok Publications.
Shakunthala Jagannathan, Nanditha Krishna, 2006, Ganehsa the Auspicious, the Beginning. Mumbi, India: Vakils, Feffer & Simons Pvt. Ltd.
Samuel Sagan, 1996, Planetary Forces Alchemy & Healing. Sydney Australia: Clairvision