This Day 24 leaf art has left me enlightened – despite the fact that I had to be content without colour, with a black and white sketch. Again – due to lack of time, and some important personal commitments.
The rising of the Kundalini or the 7 chakras that I have portrayed here – I’ve been reading about it for a few months now. Especially, ever since Avie (hubby) has been very serious about yoga, and I have taken inspiration from him. We’ve been doing pranayam for years now. But, doing yoga in its true essence is something that Avie has been really focusing on for sometime.
What I loved about this art is how my current reality of yoga, kundalini and the wisdom of Rumi has come together. And how beautifully the leaves of the Maharukh (Ailanthus excelsa) have supported me in portraying my vision.
So, read more about Kundalini Awakening and check out some pics.
The seven chakras that I’ve shown in the art (in the top-most leaf), are the seven energy centres of the human body. Through yoga postures and meditation, one can activate these energy centres – and that’s the essence of yoga. Some call it ‘Kundalini Yoga’ but basically that is the fundamental principle of yoga – no matter Kundalini Yoga, Ashtang Yoga or any other Yoga.
So, raising your Kundalini to activate the top chakra or the Crown Chakra means awakening of the mind, body and soul.
Now see – how beautifully this agrees with what Rumi conveys in these verses:
“Doing as others told me, I was Blind.
Coming when others called me, I was Lost.
Then I left everyone, myself as well.
Then I found Everyone, Myself as well.”
Like, I wrote in a previous post, I feel there’re no coincidences in life. Every moment seems part of a bigger divine script. How we’re living our lives in the moment reflects in the environment and messages around us. If we’re alive to our inner calling, we’ll receive signs from everywhere. The whole universe conspires (inspires) to help us fulfill our mission.
The Maharukh (tree of heaven)
It’s amazing that I should meet the Maharukh tree where I live, for I hadn’t seen any in my area, until yesterday. Avie and I went out to purchase my art supply and also to find some new trees that I haven’t done yet. Suddenly, we spot this lone tree – so gorgeous, it’s artistic leaves dancing in the wind!
According to Trees of Delhi, my field guide – It’s a large deciduous tree with a neat, dome-shaped crown. The main branches typically emerge at right angles to the massive trunk before sweeping upwards.
The leaves are very large, feather-compound, and strikingly similar to Neem leaves but on a much bigger scale (hence the name ‘mahaneem’ – meaning giant neem). They can grow to a metre or more in length. Leaflets 8-14 pairs, sometimes with a solitary leaflet at the apex, all coarsely toothed and softly downy.
Here’s the Day 23 leaf art, inspired by Rumi – third day in a row! I told you, I can’t have enough of Rumi’s poetry.
Who’s your favourite inspirational writer/poet?
Leaf Art from Day 1 to Day 23:
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