Abhijeet Ahankar = Abhihankar

KAB 2024

Medium: Natural Pigment on Cotton Canvas 
Dimensions: 3 x 4 ft 
Year: 2023

About the Art

Spirituality involves understanding our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. To connect with divine consciousness, self-awareness is crucial, especially understanding our ego. True spirituality is rooted in recognizing our authentic identity. The importance of self-awareness can be portrayed as a gateway to spirituality.

This artwork is a traditional Paubha-style representation of the ego, Ahamkara, originating from Sanskrit. The term "Ahamkara" originates from Sanskrit, where "Aham" signifies 'I,' and "Kara" means 'maker,' essentially translating to 'I-maker.' The ego is often depicted through decapitation, symbolizing the distinct "I" within one's consciousness. The artwork features a severed head, alcohol poured towards the neck, and a crow pose, a nod to birth under Kaagasana, and a luxurious deity pose, rajalilasana, symbolizing indulgence. Each aspect carries symbolic significance, contributing to understanding one's personal identity.

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