Indian subcontinent some 3000 years ago was a land of wonderment. It had people from all ranks of life studying together, debating, questioning and answering on the prevalent thoughts and practices. In an open institution like this, where everyone was encouraged to think anew, came a great man amongst us who changed the course of Indian history, the great thinker and philosopher, Gautama Buddha. Buddha, a non-believer of holiness, but a deep believer of humanity and spiritual awakening changed the world and the way man would look at himself for times to come. The image of Buddha, created some 500 years after his death hardly looks like him. Rather the image portrays the peace and wisdom of becoming a Buddha, something that Buddhism believes each one can achieve in pursuit of knowledge. The ninth rasa of the navarasa, ‘shanta rasa’ actually begins with the image of Buddha, with his curly hair, rounded limbs, long ears, half closed eyes and a satisfied smile on his lips. Buddha spread compassion. The peace thus achieved was by loving and being loved. Buddha confirmed that you could hate and be loved, you could be hated and yet had capacity to love.
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Buddhism believes that each person can be enlightened. Everyone can gain knowledge and live a satisfied life. It is therefore no wonder that under Buddhism, India had the largest number of students coming to learn and theorise. Buddhist philosophy, way of living and thinking empowers every being. It brings every person as equal in pain and equal in the capacity to acquire knowledge. The image of Buddha emancipates the light of wisdom and enhances the belief that we can overcome our problems, reach peace of mind. It is therefore no wonder that the merchants and kings who began following Buddhist ideologies created small and large images of Buddha over and over again. Buddhas were commissioned in all sizes, in stone, terracotta, in murals, on silks. These images were not worshipped, they were created and were part of living spaces, were kept in vicinity of sight. Buddha was and is a living proof of what man could achieve with determination. He is respectable, at some instances supernatural, but yet every ounce a human as we are.
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There is a reason that images of Buddha attract artists even today. They are not just the images of the person who existed sometime in history, they are the pictorial imaginations of peace and fulfilment that man wishes to attain in his life. What does an artist want to achieve after all? A unified expression of his experiences combined with emotions. This has been summed up and is presented since centuries by thousands of artist hands in the serenity of Buddha’s face. The same continues to intrigue the artist of contemporary times, as he lovingly renders Buddha in his own styles.
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What does having an image of Buddha convey?
- It gives great peace, with the serenity, eyes and smile
- Your home generates an aura of sanctity
- It reminds you in happy times of the satisfaction gained
- In tough times it empowers with the capacity of what a one man could do
- In sad times it tells you that it shall pass
- It is a constant reminder of authority of mind and the achievement
- It helps you to set goals that are impossible and achieve them
- It emanates compassion
- It spreads love
It is hardly a wonder that this beloved man and spiritual being never ceases to attract artists and art lovers at power.
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