Mantra Art

July 1 - 31, 2017

from the Exhibition at the Roberson Museum,
Binghamton, NY

Art Trail Open Studio July 1 - 10 am - 3 pm

The Artist, Kurt Lichtmann, first studied Tibetan in Dharmasala, India in 1976. Much gratitude to Tibetan tutors Palden Oshoe and Namgyal Tsepak, and to Sanskrit tutor Connie Sterling. All the art is done by hand with dip pen and ink; these are originals, not prints. The artist's commission is donated in full to Tibetan temples.Om Mani Padme Hum: "Jewel in the Lotus." Tibetans say "Om Mani Peme Hung." The national mantra of Tibet, many Buddhist teachers have expounded on its many meanings. Simply, the lotus is you as you believe yourself to be. The jewel is the Infinite Spirit at your center. It is often called a mahavidya mantra, leading to spiritual illumination.

Origin: The 4th century A.D. marks the first printed occurrence of this mantra. From the Sanskrit Krandavyhastra, Buddha states, "This is the most beneficial mantra. Even I made this aspiration to all million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from Buddha Amitabha."  

Gayatri: The most famous mantra of the Vedas, and the daily practice of millions of Hindus. It was spontaneously composed by the sage Vishvamitra as he emerged from Samadhi. Every Hindu guru we know of has extolled the power of Gayatri. "Supreme Being, Radiant Source of Life, Divine Splendor most adorable, we meditate on Thee: Illumine us."

Mantra Yoga: Repetition of sacred phrases constitutes an entire spiritual approach. Teachers emphasize focus on the meaning, the sound, and visualizations. Adepts often state that a mantra is rooted in another plane of reality, placing the practitioner in communion with that plane and its deity.

108: Mantras are for repetition. Many cultures give 108 and 1008 mystical significance. A mala has108 beads. Hindu deities each have 108 names. Mathematics: 108 = 2x2x3x3x3.  1-0-8 is India's 9-1-1. In Japan, a bell chimes 108 times at year's end. The karate kata Goju-ryu Suparinpei translates as "108." The Ayurveda details 108 body pressure points. The Yang T'ai Ch'i form has 108 moves. Examples are numerous.

Jewel in The Lotus

Jewel in The Lotus

Silver plate, walnut, electronics, calligraphy, sound 11.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”, $500 To hear Tibetan style mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”: press the double dorje button in the center of lotus. Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig) the patron deity of the mantra, and of Tibet, a compassion aspect of Buddha, is pictured on one side of the device. Unit turns itself on /off. Battery charge lasts at least 5 years, rechargeable.

Om

Om

Gold, black, red ink dip-pen, Canson Mi-Teintes 98lb paper, framed, glass 21” x 21”, $400 1008 repetitions, Tibetan 108 of these in gold, plus 680 more repetitions with red band of spiritual protectors Inscription: “Tat Tvam Asi” (Eng.: “Thou Art That,” That = Brahman, Absolute Awareness)

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

White, green yellow, blue, red, black ink dip-pen, Canson XL 70lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 18” x 18”, $300 The national mantra of Tibet: “The Jewel In The Lotus” 108 repetitions, Tibetan Traditional colors symbolizing the Six Paramitas (Wisdoms) Inscription: “You are Chenrezig” (Sanskrit: Avalokitesvara)

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

Gold & blue ink dip-pen, Canson XL 70lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 18” x 21”, $300 The national mantra of Tibet: “The Jewel In The Lotus” 108 repetitions, Tibetan Inscription: “You are the blue sky”

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

Gold & green ink dip-pen, Canson XL 70lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 18” x 18”, $300 The national mantra of Tibet: “The Jewel In The Lotus” 108 repetitions, Tibetan Inscription: “You are Tara (Tib.: Drolma)”

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

"Om Mani Padme Hum" Gold & blue ink dip-pen, Canson XL 70lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 18” x 21”, $300 The national mantra of Tibet: “The Jewel In The Lotus” 108 repetitions, Tibetan Inscription: “You are the blue sky”

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

Gold & blue ink dip-pen, Canson XL 70lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 18” x 21”, $300 The national mantra of Tibet: “The Jewel In The Lotus” 108 repetitions, Tibetan Inscription: “You are the blue sky”

Tara Mantra

Tara Mantra

Gold & green ink dip-pen, Canson Mi-Teintes 98lb paper, framed, glass 18” x 18”, $300 “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha” 108 repetitions, Tibetan Invocation to Green Tara, a compassion aspect of Buddha. Inscription: “You are Tara (Tib.: Drolma)”

Gayatri

Gayatri

Gold & black ink dip-pen, Canson Mi-Teintes 98lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 26” x 26”, $850 108 repetitions, Sanskrit 18th c. writing style, Rig Veda and Yajur Veda models from Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, India The quintessential mantra of India, “Salutations to the Absolute Consciousness, revealing Itself as the spiritual and earthly planes, Source of Life, Divine Spendor, most adorable, we meditate on Thee. Illumine us.” Inscription: “Soham” (Trans: “

On Shreem

On Shreem

Gold & iridescent green ink dip-pen, Canson Mi-Teintes 98lb paper, mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 26” x 26”, $850 1008 repetitions, Sanskrit,108 of these in gold Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, is the Deity bestowing wealth & beauty, both material & spiritual. “Shreem” is Lakshmi’s seed (Sansk.: bija) mantra Inscription: “Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmibnhayo Namah” (Longer invocation of Lakshmi)

OM

OM

Gold & blue ink dip-pen, Canson Mi-Teintes 98lb paper, framed, glass 18” x 18”, $400 1008 repetitions, Sanskrit, 108 of these in gold Inscription: “I am That” (That = Brahman, Absolute Awareness, Sanskrit: “Soham”)

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

old & black ink dip-pen, Canson XL 70lb paper mat, gold ribbon, framed, glass 18” x 18”, $030 108 repetitions, Sanskrit (Devanagari The national mantra of Tibet: “The Jewel In The Lotus” Before the creation of the Tibetan written language (7th c. AD), this mantra was originally in Sanskrit. Inscription: “Great Awakening”

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