Sunday, October 26, 2008

THE TWELVE FACES OF BABAJI


This is the picture that started it all. I painted this in acrylics back in 1995. I recently digitized it and got the idea to go back and turn other old works into mandalas.
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At Christmas of '94, I had no money with which to buy a friend a present, so I told him that I would do a painting of his choice. He asked for a picture of Babaji with a white lotus. The accompanying poem grew out of my struggle to come up with a suitable image for Babaji.
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I had the little sketch in Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, but that was not a lot to go on. I understood that Babaji goes in and out of incarnation at will. I figure he is also a shape shifter who can take on any form he wants. Since I couldn't come up with a single image that satisfied me, I turned to a circle with twelve images in a mandala design.
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THE TWELVE FACES OF BABAJI
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Resting in the lotus seat,
I summon your image to my mind.
Although I search and search again,
No form to hold you do I find.
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From flash of golden light,
The great white lotus unfolds;
And you present yourself as twelve.
Spokes of the wheel my eye beholds.
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Mandala of creation,
Shining circle of eternity.
I gaze upon the wondrous sight
Of twelve faces of Babaji.
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In the silence of my thoughts,
You come as fire's purity.
Your eyes pierce me to my core;
I bow in naked humility.
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O lord of heaven and earth,
In you are sun and moon.
Heat of summer and winter cold;
Fire of Mars and deep seas of Neptune.
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I look and see the father stern;
Again, I know the gentle mother.
You dance with grace of gazelle,
But stalk with deadly strength of tiger.
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Overwhelmed, I try to turn away,
But wherever I look, you are there.
Spinning, changing face of truth,
You show yourself as everywhere.
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As the walls of limitation
Fall away before my timid eyes,
You reveal the glory behind
The mask of material disguise.
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The twelve aspects of creative force;
Yin and yang, star, cross and om.
Ancient symbols of the One.
Wisdom keys to lead us home.
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OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
******************************************************************************************************************************************** I originally used a swastika that looks like the one the Nazis used, but which was also used by the Hopi, Buddhists and others. Due to objections to its use by Zazzle, I have revised the design to use an Aztec form of the swastika. The swastika is one of our oldest spiritual symbols, and has taken many forms around the world. I think of it as the cross in motion or with wings. Here is my new image.

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