Transcriptions #14: Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum 18" x 18"
Transcriptions #14

Prayer: Om Mani Padme Hum

This is the second painting with a focus on Om Mani Padme Hum but I'm sure it won't be the last. The first painting was a small 12" x 12" canvas. This larger 18" x 18" canvas has two cutouts for the handmade book to be inserted within the top opening and a smaller cutout, below, for an additional element.

Om Mani Padme Hum
In Process

I set out with the goal of including 108 repetitions of the mantra within the canvas surface (not counting the text in the attached book). The number 108 is considered sacred by Hindus from the time of the ancient yogis. In Transcriptions #11 I repeated the "So Hum" mantra 108 times in the flowing lines of text.

Transcription #14
In Process

What's included in the attached book? Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit and in the English transliteration, along with the following words:

"Loving kindness and compassion for self and others."
"Love and compassion are within us.
Love and compassion are within us.
Love and compassion are within us."

When trying to figure out what I wanted to insert into the small opening at the bottom of the painting, I ended up creating what I'm calling a "prayer pocket." It's a tiny 2" x 1-1/2" folded piece of canvas cloth with a prayer inside and out.

Transcription #14
Closeup of inserted "Prayer Pocket"

As I look at the finished painting, I am so very happy with the textures from the layer of paper beneath the paint and how I highlighted those textures.

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