|Price: Rs 350|
Dimensions (in cms): 18x24
|Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Pondicherry|
In moments when the inner lamps are lit
And the life's cherished guests are left outside,
Our spirit sits alone and speaks to its gulfs.
No wonder there is a divine communion and so a joy of light.
In "Sweet Safety", we see a sweet little figure nestled close to a larger divine one who is radiating love, tenderness and protection. The little human psyche is securely cuddled in the divine embrace, eyes closed in a confident abandon, full of faith. When one is so intimate and united with the Divine, "What is there that can touch you, or whom need you fear?"
The drawing which Mother has called "Nobility of Detachment" brings to us a figure of rich aristocratic beauty, whose face, with its sharp, single-minded gaze, disregarding the world around, is absolutely unconcerned about externalities. He needs nothing and wants nothing. Aloof and mighty in his aloneness, he is in a supremely happy state of consciousness.
In this way, She exposes our narrow vision to the superior merits of each drawing. Our sight needs to learn to catch the inspired expression, breaking through the mere strokes of the brush, and sense its depth and message.
We feel Mother's presence and Her divine touch, physical and subtle, which exalts our being, awakening in us a responding gratitude and aspiration.
Mother told us a most interesting story about these figures in the paintings. They come alive, out of the pictures, and visit Her in the subtle world:
They came one by one from the books which are with me now, and assembled in the sitting room. I wanted to be sure whether they were real, so I closed my eyes and saw with an occult eye that the books were absolutely blank, because the beings were sitting with us. We all meditated for half an hour. After that...I saw that the figures had all returned to the books. Really it was very nice!
Commissioned by Mother, Huta worked in a spirit of deep dedication. Mother appreciated her work and participated closely in the entire project.
This book is a boon of Divine Grace for art lovers.
Nirata-di came to Pondicherry as a child and joined the Ashram's school in early 1945, the second year after its foundation. Since 1959 she has taught English and later painting at the Centre of Education.