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My Master’s Presence (Sepia)

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Kindness is giving others happiness
Compassion is removing others’ bitterness
Joy is freeing others from suffering

– Buddha

Guru Hargobind (1595-1644) became the sixth Master of the Sikhs at the age of only 11 years. He, like Guru Gobind Singh was instrumental in witnessing the immense sacrifice of His own father, the fifth Master, Guru Arjan Dev Ji. At such a young age, he was not only able to forgive but love unconditionally. Lovingly called, Bandichhor (Liberator Benign), he received his early education and training at the hands of two revered Sikhs of that time Bhai Gurdas and Baba Buddha ji. According to Mahima Prakash, He arose three hours before daybreak and sat in seclusion, to concentrate on the Divine.

Inspired by the above sentiment, and based on research (Suraj Parkash, Isht Guru Chamatkar) this pastel and pen painting reflects on the Master’s towering and powerful presence as he stood ready to leave his room at the Gwalior prison.

The word, Waheguru – ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ– is pronounced “Wah-hay-guroo.” Wah means Infinite, hay means Thou, and Guru means Higher Self, or the Divine Teacher within each sentient being.

This is the mantra which has been lovingly handwritten minutely in the painting to portray the omnipresent Divine energy. The mantra signifies the Divine presence he exuded. 52 Hindu kings were also liberated at his request by holding onto his robe.