Thursday, March 26, 2009
On being Unattached
Title: Mendicant, oil on canvas, 30"x20"
Print on paper: $70
Indian philosophy and religion have, over millenia, tirelessly pointed to one thing.
In religious discourses, public commentaries, cultural practices, that is the only thing that describes everything else. That of renunciation.
The yogis and the mahatmas have followed a lifestyle that is intricately connected to this philosophy. The general population too have not been too far away from this philosophy.
Take the example of Sri Krishna's teachings in the Bhagawad Gita. Krishna exhorted Arjuna to follow the call of duty, and renounce everything else. He asked Arjuna to ignore his feelings and emotions, and also any expectation of a fruit from his work, or labour. But just to do his duty, and participate in the Mahabharata war.
We have seen in art the theme of renunciation, not only among Indian artists, but also from other religions and cultures.