Sound track for the painting:

Chris Spheeris. Bombay

Aroma for the painting:

Demeter. Lotus Flower

Taste for the painting:
steamed white rice


Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 60 x 40 cm

Style: Positive Synergism
Private collection


Om mani padme hum is one of the most well-known mantras in the Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhisms; it is a mantra of the bodhisattva, which carries a profound sacred meaning…


The 14th Dalai Lama, explaining the meaning of the mantra, says that om symbolizes the purity of the body, speech, and mind of Buddha; the second word mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes compassion and love; the third word padme, meaning lotus, symbolizes wisdom; the fourth word hum indicates an indivisible unity of method and wisdoms.


In other words, om removes pride and egotism; ma lets one free from envy and jealousy; ni clears from dependence and selfish intentions; pad dispels ignorance and confusion; me destroyes greed and avidity; hum transforms hatred and malice…


Apart from wisdom, lotus has a number of other spiritual symbolic meanings. In different traditions lotus is connected with the sun, life, health, long life, prosperity, innocence, comfort, accord, male and female balance, procreation, perfection, and beauty…
In ancient Egypt and India lotus meant creation and renaissance, as well as revival of life…


On the canvas, there are three lotuses: an opened flower symbolizes The Past, a partially opened flower – The Present, and a bud – The Future… But this is exactly what the revival of life is - om mani padme hum!

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Pictures of the paintings: Sergrei Didyk