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Single Green Leaf

Limited Edition Signed Print

Available in size: 8″ x 10″
(Matted to 11″ x 14″)

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Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection,
 not in books alone, 
but in every leaf in springtime.

– Martin Luther

A green leaf represents a time of growth, hope, faith or time. Green is the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. Every particle in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.

Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, who is a Buddhist monk, a spiritual leader and a poet reflects beautifully on a leaf in the following manner:

I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So, I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’

Late last summer, on my daily walk I witnessed a green leaf leave the branch and float down towards the ground. It seemed to be dancing joyfully, firm in its realization that it itself was the tree. Was it because it knew that nothing can be born and nothing can die? All I could do was to bow humbly to its acceptance of the Divine Matrix. O’ how unafraid it was!

Inspired by the above sentiment, this pastel and pen painting reflects on the power of the mantra Waheguru – ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ– pronounced “Wah-hay-guroo”. Wah means Infinite, hay means Thou, and Guru means Higher Self, or the Divine Teacher within each sentient being. Cultivating a mantra helps the conscious to unfold new inner realizations.

This is the mantra which has been lovingly handwritten minutely in the painting to portray the omnipresent Divine energy.