Amano Vibodha has illustrated colouring books for mandala painting – the fastest growing area of popular art.
World-renowned master of mandala painting, Amano Vibodha (aka Paul Heussenstamm) wrote to tell us that this new trend is an amazing happening. He said, “The first book, entitled Color Yourself Calm came out a few months ago in Europe by Quadrille Publishing, a company owned and operated by women. There are also 4 more coming out in the series very soon. The book went instantly global, was translated into 7 languages and is selling in bookstores worldwide. Within 6 months of its release it passed the 100,000 sales point with no end in sight! It’s Quadrille’s number 1 book and has just arrived in the USA through Barron’s Books.”
Vibodha explained, “What the book inspires is calming meditations on mandalas that work while each participant is colouring in the mandala. Like Osho always says, ”the truth lies in the heart” – and wouldn’t you know that mandalas open the heart. Somehow Osho is working here behind the scenes!”
He told us that another inspiring book is to be released next month on November 10, 2015 – Mandala Masterworks – showing the best examples in a luxury oversized format. As the first edition in an annual series showcasing New Age Art, Mandala Masterworks features an introduction by Vibodha; he is also one of the four artists whose mandalas are shown.
Suddenly mandalas are seen everywhere: designer clothes, albums cover art, tattoos, and spiritual book covers, as well as in modern and prehistoric temples throughout the world. The subject of discussion by Deepak Chopra, Pema Chödrön, Eckhart Tolle, the Dalai Lama, and numerous other spiritual leaders, this most ancient art form is resurfacing in our time in response to the modern quest for spiritual meaning.
The art of mandala painting is ancient and the circular designs symbolize the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with are the ones created by Buddhists, and most notably Tibetan Buddhists.
The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.
“…the mandala is one of the mythological symbols. It has been recurring all over the world. In old Christian paintings it is there. In old Tibetan paintings it is there. In Chinese, Japanese and Indian art the circle has a fascination. Somehow, when your sight becomes circular, when it becomes a current, joined together, undivided, you begin to see a circle in your vision, in your dreams. That circle represents your reality. In the same way, all symbols represent inner subjective realities. And if a society gives a particular shape to a deity, it becomes very helpful. It becomes very helpful for the seeker because now he can decode many inner visions.”
Osho, The Supreme Doctrine, Ch 15, Q 1 (excerpt)