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Friday, March 31, 2017

Meerabai Eternal Her Life and Symbolism of Meerabai Paintings Where to hang Meerabai Figurative Artworks

Meerabai was a true Bhaktini, Brahman, belongs to the saguna class of worshipers who believe that ,  Aatma, soul and Paramatma God is connected and the only barrier in between is this physical body...which like a pot filled with water in a river flows and breaks and merges together and becomes one...
pen figurative abstract, spiritual drawing , Meerabai, minimalist expressions, true love, absolute symbolism , pen on paper, 8x11 inches,year 2001.  Hindu, Mystic, saint, status and is treasured among her devotees, followers, bhakts. A true follower, of the dark one, as she mentioned in her songs, Meerabai the eternal, obsessed with peacock feathers and her connection with HIM with her music, in form of Tanpura. 
One of the most strong influence of true spiritual love which transferred into a series of sketches was about  Meera bai, the spiritual music hymns,  and her eternal love for Lord Krishna,  all these emotions led to the beautiful sketches on Meera bai eternal,  a series of sketches among the many sketches done in my early years, in 2001. Meera bai was devoted to Krishna, Hindu God, who is an incarnation of Vishnu, Blue God.  She dedicated her life following with her true hearts love for him, singing hymns and praises in form of classical dohas, songs.  
Meerabai, a Rajput princess from the mid 15th-mid 16th century, who fell in love with Lord Krishna at the age of four and spent her entire life singing his praises, is regarded as the supreme Krishna devotee by many. Since being told by her mother in jest that her husband was none other than Bhagwan Krishna, she never gave up on the idea and even after her marriage to a Rajput prince, continued to believe that Krishna was actually her soulmate...the tanpura and the manjira (classical musical instruments)  became her destiny, she is always portrayed in a simple saree with prayer beads, rudraksha beads,  in her neck called mala and wrists.
Series on Meera Bai happened as I did Music Flowing on Canvas and adding more to the original artwork came about doing quite a number of pen sketches on Meera Bai and her eternal love.
Meerabai was an aristocratic Hindu mystical singer and devotee of Lord Krishna from Rajasthan and one of the most significant figures of the Sant tradition of the Vaishnava bhakti movement. Some 1,200–1,300 prayerful songs or bhajans attributed to her are popular throughout India and have been published in several translations worldwide. In the bhakti tradition, they are in passionate praise of Lord Krishna. 
 “Meera, also known as Meera Bai, was a 16th-century Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Krishna. She is a celebrated saint, particularly in the North Indian Hindu tradition.
Meera Bai was born into a  royal family of Rajput in Kudki  district of Pali, Rajashthan, India. She is mentioned in Bhaktamal, confirming that she was widely known and a cherished figure in the Indian bhakti movement culture by about 1600 CE. Most legends about Meera mention her fearless disregard for social and family conventions, her devotion to Hindu God Krishna, her treating Krishna as her husband, and she being persecuted by her in laws for her religious devotion. She has been the subject of numerous folk tales legends, and her life has been depicted in many books, artworks and movies.
Thousands of devotional poems in passionate praise of Lord Krishna are attributed to Meera in the Indian tradition.  Many poems attributed to Meera were likely composed later by others who admired Meera. These poems are commonly known as bhajans,  and are popular across India. Hindu temples, such as in Chittorgarh fort, are dedicated to Mira Bai's memory. Legends about Meera's life, of contested authenticity, have been the subject of movies, comic strips and other popular literature in modern times. Meera is often classed with the northern Sant bhaktis who spoke of a formless divinity. In her poems, Krishna is a yogi and lover, and she herself is a yogini ready to take her place by his side unto a spiritual marital bliss.Meera's style combines impassioned mood, defiance, longing, anticipation, joy and ecstasy of union, always centered on Krishna. Meera speaks of a personal relationship with Krishna as her lover, lord and mountain lifter. The characteristic of her poetry is complete surrender. The continued influence of Meera, in part, has been her message of freedom, her resolve and right to pursue her devotion to deity Krishna and her spiritual beliefs as she felt drawn to despite her persecution. Her appeal and influence in Indian culture, writes Edwin Bryant, is from her emerging, through her legends and poems, as a person "who stands up for what is right and suffers bitterly for holding fast to her convictions, as other men and women have", yet she does so with a language of love, with words painting the "full range of emotions that mark love, whether between human beings or between human and divine".(Google Wikepedia)
Revisiting the early memories and the strong spiritual influences ,lonely times, the journey inwards… the times when I painted like wild and I still do,  ...and I still do painting with the same passion. The spiritual journey of The Red Pilgrim has been continuing with new discoveries every day!
Sketches have made me follow my instinct of spiritual paintings without thinking and this practice to open up my chakras was essential for my spiritual progress. Meerabai eternal, These sketches are done on A4 size white paper and done using pen, 
 In fact there is music which can be felt on observing these sketches. 
Meera bai, Eternal love, pure love, spiritual love, sincere dedication, her songs and hymns are even today celebrated and cherished and bring about healing in many forms.
Music Flowing is an expression of playing with her heart, the stories of love, Meera bai, playing for the benefit of others, playing in her own musical world, not bothering about the external factors...the world…playing…spreading love for her beloved (unseen player ), joy, happiness, prosperity and true love! So also alongside came up another artwork, Mehfil, the one which has a moment captured in the musical  instruments, the Unknown Unseen player, the Mehfil…in the darkness of night…the unseen players, can also be noted here as the Universe playing its magic, the Lord Krishna who often was unseen ..yet plays his beautiful charming flute! Music , in my art! Poems , songs, hymns, of Meerabai are simply divine, soulful,  enchanting! Words of souls longing, waiting impatiently for the union, connecting of souls, singing to get a glimpse of him..the unknown unseen player... She sang in her native Rajasthani, at times using brajha bhasha, the language native to Vrindavan, the homeplace of Krishna, where she spent some years of her life. Sharing some  most famous songs...Payoo ji maine prem ratan dhan payoo...Meera ke prabhu giridhar nagar...prabhuju mai araj karoon mero bedo laga jo paar...jab se tum bichede prabhu mose kabahun na ayo chayen...jo tum todo piya main nahi todi tooso prĂȘt tod Krishna kaun sang jodun...
Sketches have made me follow my instinct of spiritual paintings without thinking and this practice to open up my chakras was essential for my spiritual progress. Meerabai eternal, These sketches are done on A4 size white paper and done using pen, 
 In fact there is music which can be felt on observing these paintings. 
Meera bai, Eternal love, pure love, spiritual love, sincere dedication, her songs and hymns are even today celebrated and cherished and bring about healing in many forms .
Meerabai symbolized true love, divine love, life for the unseen lover. Paintings are quiet famous and Meerabai followers love to display these artworks at home. 
Some special tips where to display spiritual figurative paintings-
1) never display in feng shui relationship sector- it brings loneliness and solitude in life.
2) Avoid hanging Meerabai paintings near the entrance, she was a true Bhaktini and will bring the same energy of lifeless devotion to God, but family people need to keep a check on this type of energy. Many people tend to take the spiritual path leaving family. 
3) There is the wealth sector of your home where fire energy prevails, hanging such spiritual paintings will bring soothing energy which is not so good for your finances and work energy.
You can hang these spiritual energy artworks, like Meerabai paintings, in the north east , meditation rooms,  private study rooms if you are the only ones using this space and you really follow Meerabai thoughts and sayings. Also a great way to bring in soothing energy of self focus is the temple space, where in energy is already spiritual and these Meerabai drawings and sketches will boost the energy in this space. 
Shringar Meerabai eternal series Drawings 

Emotional Turmoil Meerabai eternal 8x11 inches Drawings



Music Flowing is an expression of playing with her heart, the stories of love, Meera bai, playing for the benefit of others, playing in her own musical world, not bothering about the external factors...the world…playing…spreading love for her beloved (unseen player ), joy, happiness, prosperity and true love! So also alongside came up another artwork, Mehfil, the one which has a moment captured in the musical  instruments, the Unknown Unseen player, the Mehfil…in the darkness of night…the unseen players, can also be noted here as the Universe playing its magic, the Lord Krishna who often was unseen ..yet plays his beautiful charming flute! Music , in my art! Poems of Meerabai are simply divine, soulful,  enchanting!
Thank you for coming by Razarts!
All the Best from Rizwana!
Meerabai Sketches Drawing 8x10 inches Pen on paper. year 2001

Clarify and Check the Photos of Paintings Online Before Buying them- Is a Blue in the painting a Blue or a Purple!

Photographs of Paintings Online, so many , vibrant, beautiful photos of paintings are displayed online on many art galleries and websites for sale. You want to buy a painting and you want a blue artwrok to go along with your living room decor, and you know just which artist or which famous online art gallery you trust and you go ahead and buy the costly painting, just to your surprise the artwrok is a purple and not a blue! 
The internet gives us the pleasure of viewing many artworks from the comfort of our homes. we get such a wide choice,  in size, colour schemes and styles of paintings from different artists and also price ranges. Your viewing and selection of an artwork totally depends on the image put up by the artists or online art galleries.
Most important step before you make the final payment click,  think before going in for a purchase only on the first look of the picture online. Whenever an art gallery or art dealer puts up images and photographs of any artwork, it is always done in high resolution. There is ample lighting and photographs are clicked in controlled environments. Look at the advertisements today,  the photo shoot ads of film stars, how you see their glowing flawless skin, long shiny hair and perfect body! any person who has knowledge of photo editing and photo shop programs knows very well that these images are photo shopped to perfection. So also may be the case regarding photographs of original paintings displayed on online art gallery websites. 
Any painting will look different in natural sunlight and very much different in artificial lights. In art galleries also when we see an artwork the top lighting or floor lamps accentuate or highlight the artworks. The same painting when put up on our wall does not give the same effect. The best advice for any buyer would be to choose a painting in natural light. Since lighting modes in homes and offices differ for every individual buyer, it is best to check out personally the colours that are used on the artworks especially if you are very choosy and want specific shades in your painting. Like some people do not like black, for them it is a symbol of death but the same person may like darkest blue or darkest brown! If you are one of these types then better email the artist for some more close up, and detail photographs of the paintings, I usually share many close ups, and also with modern decor the artworks to give my art buyers an idea of how the paintings will look on their walls. In fact many art lovers do up their decor keeping in mind my artwork and surrounding the decor idea along this concept. 
Take a look at the paintings, view it and see what response it emits. Try to avoid emotional buying, though we all know buying artworks is also a passion for some and its all a matter of heart! The standard procedure for purchase from any art website, is to order the painting and pay online, and when on delivery the buyer is not satisfied with the work they can return it immediately though there are some charges and total money may not be refunded. These ethics are followed by many artists and art galleries and the buyer has to read terms and conditions of deal carefully before making a final purchase. Usually there is a time frame of given period of seven days where in the purchased artwork can be rejected. 
In some case it may also be the opposite case. Many times the strokes and colours are better in the original artwork( this happens all the time with my paintings! My art buyers love the spiritually rich energy when they touch my art, and experience a deep healing by physically receiving my healing art)  Some of the artists who are not camera savvy do not know how to take high resolution images. This does not mean that the artworks are dull or boring. the same artwork may look very good when viewed directly as you may get the feel of the canvas and the rich colours on personal look of it.You can also send online inquiry and discuss with the artist and online art gallery or art broker about the colours, size and condition of the artwork. If you live in the same city you can also visit the art gallery and view the artworks directly. This will help you understand the artist well and the artwork that you have selected for purchase.

Art is an aesthetic experience, completely personal, and from the heart,  and I personally feel photographs do not do right justice to any painting, but it has become so easy now to buy art from the comforts of your home that most people are buying original paintings online, by checking the history of the artist and their collection of artworks. I try hard to get the best click and all my paintings photographs are clicked in my home studio, in natural lighting only.  Some online art websites also mention to clarify this point, that photographs are only a picture of the painting and original colors may sometimes differ on direct look. Some complex abstracts are tricky to click. Also reflective shiny paintings never give out great photos.  photograph I took of my latest painting, the colour used was rich ultra marine blue, (my favorite) and what comes up in the photograph? a purple shade! I always clarify every technique, materials, size of the paintings,  and explain in descriptions.
Yellow Peace Harmony 9x13 inches, Acrylic on paper

So just drop an email and check more close ups, and details of the paintings and experience  the richness of adding up healing art to your lives! 
Remember buying art online is one happy experience, I read with so much excitement my art buyers emails on sending a painting who wait impatiently to receive their bundles of joy! make this a happy experience and check the colors of the paintings you buy online! 
Thank you for coming by Razarts!
All the Best from Rizwana!
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