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  • Manju Sadarangani


Updated: Feb 10, 2021



20" x 20"

Acrylic & Gold Leaf on Canvas

(completed on September 11, 2020)

For Tania, who is forever loved.

Avtaran is descending, incarnating, materializing. We have been working on a chakra meditation series in Kundalini yoga, and this piece sits firmly in the vishuddha and ajna chakra, the throat and forehead chakras, thus the turquoise and indigo.

The vishuddha chakra, the throat chakra, literally means vish (poison) shuddha( pure). The name stems from an ancient legend about Shiva swallowing poison and storing it in his throat to protect the devas. It is the origin of one of Shiva’s names, neelkantha, the blue-throated one.

Meditating on the gateway of the throat, our words, our communication, I began to think of negative self -talk. The words we affirm to ourselves, the poison we let in.

I began to meditate on the idea of purifying the words we say to ourselves, the act of infusing them with the ajna indigo of intuition and anahita green of compassion. It stresses the necessity of keeping our hearts open, allowing us to show compassion for ourselves and others, perhaps the only way to tap into our collective intuition.

I began this piece because I desperately missed a dear friend. She had the ability to infuse love into her interactions, a way to push into your hard edges in such a loving way that you could not help but melt. When I think of her, I journey towards compassion, the aspiration to incarnate love, light, and wisdom.

This painting shines in the home of someone extremely dear to my departed friend, someone so dear to me. Which feels right.

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