Suha watches the preparations of an open-air exhibition of paintings made by participants of a workshop with Meera, in Pune, India.
I had come to Buddha Grove in the afternoon of Monday, 30th January to enjoy the preparation for the Osho Art Therapist Intensive Exhibition. And intense it was indeed. I have never done a painting group with Meera and most probably will never do one, but I came to know how she works through the people attending her workshops and the assistants and helpers who prepared this big event.
For 3 weeks, from 10th January, 30 participants and 11 among assistants and helpers were all deeply involved: the participants in digging out their souls at all costs; the assistants in supporting Meera’s intense meditative process and her helpers fully engaged in responding to the needs of the day: preparing the colours, cutting the papers, setting up the space, coordinating with the office, and so on.
The preparation for the Exhibition was scheduled to be a “normal” day of routine work, but I am witnessing an explosion of creativity coming alive thanks to the genius of sensitive artistic people.
The assignment of the day is to put all the participants’ beautiful work, the fruits of their three creative weeks, on display. To put it in numbers, I counted 35 nature painting, 29 black&white self-portraits, 26 self-portraits in full colour, plus 60 abstract paintings, also in colour. How to do justice to this vast and valuable creation?
Every painting of the participants is complete in itself. But when, under the guide of Swami Prem Raj, the assistants’ team assembles them onto a number of three-sided ‘towers’, with nine paintings per tower, and moves them into the corners of Buddha Grove, the result is a thousand times enhanced. Each tower is a masterpiece of visual art in itself with a magical symphony of rosiness, ruddiness, flush, blush and glow, and with all those kaleidoscopic associations.
The way I saw it, the manner in which the paintings were selected and mounted together expressed a rare sense of beauty. Can you imagine such towers on wheels, whirling and dancing all around?
Later in the afternoon Buddha Grove became the stage for other essential activities: sweepers, mop cleaners, and later, sound and light technicians, workers pushing trolleys piled with chairs and mattresses, all going about their business in unison.
There is a beautiful saying in Hindi: one is one (1 = ‘I’) but 2 (’II’ as they write it) becomes eleven!! This became visible to me throughout the afternoon and into the evening itself when Meera and her teams’ dance performance (participants, helpers and assistants) took off on and around the podium where Osho used to give his discourses.
But what did my inner eyes see? The paintings became alive in the movements of the dancers, in the colours of wonderment painted on their faces. And the message I got in the shining of their eyes was: ‘We are the creators of our own beauty, and humbled by this magic, we bow down to the mistery of it all!’
Deep gratitude to Meera who made the invisible visible!
Note by Osho News: Meera left her body, yesterday
Ma Amrita Suha Pune, 1st February 2017
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