detail from 'Kundalini Rising'
I took this painting off a friend after he burnt one of my large canvasses in a Christmas tree fire. You can imagine it - canvas, wood frame and fuel-filled paint next to a burning tree. It had no chance. A pity as it was one of my best desert studies (Australian), but one on the path should have no desire, no attachment and no regrets.
But then again, too few to mention...
From wiki: Historian of religions Mircea Eliade called [George] Feuerstein's 'The Philosophy of Classical Yoga', 'one of the most profound and original contributions to the understanding of classical yoga'.'
This is from the Epilogue to that book:
"Yoga is like an ancient river with countless rapids, eddies, loops, tributaries, and backwaters, extending over a vast, colourful terrain of many different habitats. In this volume I have provided a bird's-eye view, giving the reader the broader picture and, I hope, a deeper appreciation of the inviting waters of Yoga and also of the checkered cultural landscape through which the river of Yoga has flowed in the course of its millennia-long development. Occasionally, however, I have zeroed in on a particularly relevant feature, exploring it as space permitted.
Our last glance fell on the riverine-current of Hatha-Yoga, the Tantric tradition seeking to accomplish both spiritual enlightenment and bodily immortality. It is this branch of the meandering river of Yoga that carries us to the ocean, the world beyond India. For Yoga has definitely come West. There are today hundreds of thousands of Hatha-Yoga practitioners around the world who benefit from this age-old technology of bodily wholeness and personal growth. There are even more practitioners of meditation, especially "transcendental meditation," which is a form of Mantra-Yoga. They enjoy glimpses of the secrets of consciousness and its astonishing capacity to lift itself up by its own bootstraps - that is, to go beyond its own conditioning.
Yet only a few people deeply and consistently commit themselves to exploring the intricate psychotechnology of the different branches of the Yoga tradition. It is they who are discovering that consciousness, the human body-mind, is a well-equipped laboratory in which can be found, through ecstatic self-transcendence, the philosopher's stone, the alchemical elixir of enlightenment. Admittedly, not everyone is able to follow their example, nor is this necessarily desirable.
Nonetheless, the tradition of Yoga, of which there are still representative masters to be found, offers a wonderful opportunity to delve into the psychic and spiritual domensions that our postindustrial civilization has tended to neglect and shun."
gouache, oil, acrylic, watercolour, gold paper, collage, greenstone on A2 canvas board, 2007
saved as koha (gift) for inventors of SmugMug (if they want it)