Lotus mandala

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Lotus mandala (9″ x 9″)

I continue to be in a mandala mood. The title is a bit of a pun referring both to the lotus flower and sitting in lotus position. Once I had added the figures, it just seemed to make sense that they would be under water meditating …maybe they’re nymphs! I am sure that there are many possible interpretations. Here is Tom’s wonderful poetic one!

within the blue and lambent depths
beneath the floating leaves and flowers
somewhere deep the secret sits
immersed in emptiness and powers
that do not differentiate
between the poor and potentate
for neither lowest nor the high
are more nor less than souls that fly
through the waters of dark ponds
where illusion’s light is clear
bringing all that’s distant near
while fishes swim through waving fronds
and in the centre still there dwells
more yet more than words can tell

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

 

8 thoughts on “Lotus mandala

  1. Hello, I am very interested in mandala art and I just came across your blog! I loved your stuff here! They’re too good 😀
    Do you know how to interpret mandalas too?!

    1. Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you enjoy the mandalas I create. I draw and paint them as a meditative process and don’t strive to interpret them in any specific way. Sometimes, they do represent something very clearly to me as I am making them such as “peace” or “gratitude”, but since they are not traditional mandalas, I have not used traditional methods of interpretation. It’s a very interesting question though and I may research that more!

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