Reviews: Exhibitions / Performances — 27 September 2015

Kul Bhushan opens Dhyan Passika’s exhibition showing unusual paintings of Buddha.

“The geometry of the Buddhas” were the opening words of my speech to inaugurate an art exhibition of 25 paintings of Buddha. Not surprisingly, everyone was puzzled by this statement.

Dhyan Passika
Buddha 3 by Passika
Buddha 1 by Passika
Buddha 4 by Passika
Buddha 2 Passika
Turio and Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan, Sarita, Keerti and Pratiksha Apurv

 

I explained that it was from Osho’s response to a question from a disciple who had wandered into a room full of Buddha statues in a museum in Frankfurt, Germany:

“The first thing to be understood: you will be surprised to know that the Buddha statues have nothing to do with Gautam Buddha. They are all false, they don’t resemble Buddha at all, but they have something to do with buddhahood.

“Watching a Buddha statue is watching a yantra. The figure of the statue, the geometry of the statue, creates a figure inside you. And that inside figure creates a certain vibe. It was not just imagination that happened to you in the Frankfurt museum; those Buddha statues created a certain vibe in you. […] The Buddha statues, the many statues all around you, created certain geometry.”

The art gallery with the Buddha paintings had a similar effect on everyone present. The vibrant colours contrasted with soft hues, exuded silence and peace from Buddha’s face with calm, closed eyes. A delicate serenity pervaded the gallery.

Looking at 25 paintings by the artist, Dhyan Passika aka Ravikant, one was gradually transported into this inner geometry and an inner balance of silence, peace and ecstasy. After all, he painted them while in meditation as he listened to Osho’s discourses on Buddha called ‘Es Dhammo Sanantano’ while staying in Dharamsala. The serene, pure and inspiring backdrop of the mountains is reflected in this series.

After his graduation in contemporary sculpture, Passika dabbled in photography and ceramics. He worked in  Bharat  Bhawan (Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts) in New Delhi using a ceramic medium to make beautiful sculptures. He has been honoured with several awards and has exhibited his works across India. After reading Osho and attending meditation camps, his life was transformed. Having worked for major companies in visual merchandising for eight years, he answered the call of the mountains and devoted himself full time to painting. In Dharamsala, he created this series of paintings depicting the Buddha. By listening to Osho, meditating, unknowingly he added a certain geometry.

“The Buddha statues, the many statues all around you created a certain geometry. You will be surprised: that is the basic reason why statues were created. They are not idols, as you think. […] They are not idols, they are very scientific. They are not objects to be worshipped; they are geometries to be imbibed. It is a totally different thing.

“In China there is one Buddha temple which has ten thousand Buddha statues, all Buddha statues. Wherever you look… the same figure. The ceiling has the same figure, all the sides have the same figure, and the walls have the same figure. Ten thousand Buddha statues! Just think, sitting cross-legged in a Buddha posture and you are also surrounded by ten thousand Buddhas! It creates a geometry. From everywhere Buddha impinges upon you. From every nook and corner he starts surrounding you. You are gone. Your ordinary geometry is no longer there. Your ordinary life is no longer there. For a few moments you are moving on higher planes, at higher altitudes.”

Excerpts from Osho – The Tantra Vision Vol 2, Ch 6

Article by Anand Kul Bhushan
Photos by Swami Joy O Sangeet Choudhury

This article was also published in Coastweek, Nairobi, Kenya, on September 27, 2015

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