Mirror, mirror on the wall..
Through the looking-glass..
Through a glass, darkly
To me, this mandala looks like a circular mirror that mirrors the image of another circular mirror, which reflects a light blue rectangular mirror, which reflects the image of a dark blue rectangular mirror, which itself reflects a red rectangular mirror. Mirror image, indeed.
In hindsight, it also takes me to Jorge Luis Borges‘ short story The Library of Babel..and Lewis Carroll‘s Through a Looking-Glass.. and, last but not least, Jostein Gaarder‘s Through a Glass, Darkly.
Crazy stories. Just like this seemingly simple image.
Sometimes, I look at my reflection in the mirror and wonder if I am the real person or the reflection. Or maybe both? Depends on which side of the mirror you are at.
Jun 19, 2014 (06:32PM): Mirror Image
This one I colored using Dry Erasable Board Markers and regular color markers. The title comes from the book The Fifth Mountain (by Paulo Coelho) that I was re-reading at the time when I colored this mandala. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, it is my most favorite book of all time. The book talks about the unavoidable and the growth.
The idea of the unavoidable in one’s life and the possibility of growth as a result is quite powerful. It is unavoidable for the flower to leave the state of a seed. But this unavoidable results in its growth into a beautiful flower. I am a risk averse person (on most occasions). Given a chance, I’d avoid taking any risks as it may lead to change inevitably. However, sometimes, risk and change are unavoidable. The only option, or the best option, in such a case is to accept the unavoidable and use it for growth – personal, professional, family, community, etc.
Jun 05, 2014 (07:09PM): The Unavoidable & the Growth
Equipped with my new marker set, I started coloring this mandala. Started with the inner ring colored in green, followed by the next ring of beads (red & blue). The finished product surprised me as I wasn’t expecting this mandala to turn out so good. I felt happy at seeing the fruits of my labor . Sometimes, when you least expect, life surprises you.. pleasantly. What made this mandala even more interesting was the fact that my neighbor’s daughter was with me making her own pics. We shared the markers and enjoyed each other’s company. Maybe that is why I chose the colors I chose, and the mandala ended up the way it did.
May 29, 2014 (10:42pm): Surprise & Happiness (With Fizzoo)
This is my first ever attempt of coloring a mandala using permanent markers. I was at my office and felt like painting a mandala. Since I did not have water colors with me, the next choice was the available permanent markers. The result was unexpectedly good. When life gives you permanent markers, use them!
Apr 11, 2014: Geometry of Life
Why did I name this mandala ‘window to the soul’ instead of naming it ‘windows to the soul’? There are multiple windows. Multiple ways to see a soul. Sometimes, we only see the window and don’t even go beyond that. There are times when we color the window from outside making it opaque. At other times, the soul shuts down the shutters of the window. Reasons could be many. Maybe they’re afraid of getting hurt? Maybe they’re hoping that the person(s) on the other side will knock on the window? Maybe it is a defense mechanism to keep unwanted people out? I wonder if sometimes it happens that the soul within is so dark and opaque that one just cannot reach it despite trying to approach it through various windows. This theme reminds me of the Papal Address of May 7, 2014, in which Pope Francis talked about the gift of counsel. When a soul is hidden or buried under its burdens, the gift of counsel or the act of reaching out can make a lot of difference. That’s also the message from Kevin Briggs’ (aka Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge) TED 2014 talk.
Apr 04, 2014 (09:09pm): Window to the Soul
Sometimes, my mind is like a maze. I enter at one place and end up at a completely unexpected place. Life is also like that. At every step, we are faced with multiple possibilities. The steps we take affect the end result. So many steps, so many possibilities. Just as the same maze can be colored using completely different colors and patterns. The maze has multiple exits, i.e. no one correct exit. Depending on one’s choices, one will end up at a particular exit. Not right, not wrong, just another exit – another place to be. One can also retrace their steps (sometimes) and take another route to end up at another exit. Also, one can decide to exit the maze or stay in it endlessly. Isn’t that what happens when we experience regret? An endless maze of regrets or a liberating experience of learning. The choice is ours.
Mar 29, 2014 (05:27pm): Maze of Colors
Hmmm.. I can see that I was trying to experiment with colors when I painted this mandala. Colors and autumn; autumn colors; summer colors for autumn season. The spring season’s effect is visible in my color choice 🙂
Mar 29, 2014 (09:45am): Colors of Autumn