This piece does not
oblige the prejudices of the moment, perhaps (a man reclining while a
woman hastens towards him); and yet what I see in it most deeply, and
most elegantly, is a vision of grace and leisure-of space, you could say-inside
an exquisite pavilion whose very orderliness confers on us a sense of
calm. The woman is hurrying through the rain to her beloved, I read, but
when I look at it I see a man-a prince, perhaps-waiting for a woman to
dance for him; and I see the woman nonetheless as the one with the power,
leading his eyes (and ours) up towards the two birds who fly neither ahead
of one another, nor behind.
The East has always
seemed to me the great spiritual home of the miniature- a moment distilled
into something so compressed that it explodes in the heart of someone
who sees it on the far side of the world. In this beautiful example I
see a dance of motion and stillness that lifts us up from the brownish
earth towards the bluish heavens.
Hurry! Warm electricity
flowing from the loins up into the stomach and rising along the spinal
cord to the brain, clouding vision and sight with only one purpose-to
be one with the lover. Running, running through the perfumed night air
bristling with energy from a rising storm. Arriving close, now at the
bedroom's threshold, breathing heavy with heat and desire-his smell and
presence fill the air. Mad with passion, heart pounding, hand enters the
sacred chamber, inches away from the touch of his bare skin. CRACK! A
massive thunderclap resounds as nature herself can no longer hold back.
Sexual heat and love energy are discharged from heaven in the electric
fire of a jagged lightening bolt leaping from the turbulent sky, startling
two white egrets who take flight. The orderly parallel lines of raindrops
belie the fact that even nature herself is unstable in this moment of
great anticipation. Time and Space collapse; Creation and Destruction
merge; Birth and Death embrace. Fear, Shock, Surprise, Joy, Excitement,
Anticipation, Guilt, Sorrow, Passion, Love fuse into one awakened instant,
revealing the singular root of all human emotions and their place within
the larger moods and seasons of Nature.
is the visual component of an ancient comprehensive artistic system in
Indian culture that encompasses images, language (poetry and literature),
music (ragas), human emotion (rasas), and the cycles of nature. All are
individual manifestations, written in their own local language (sight,
sound, speech, etc.), of a deeper, underlying spiritual reality where
all creative expressions share the same fundamental form.