June 8, 2014



I was asked to create a dynamic composition using Sanskrit calligraphy to convey the feeling of this beautiful prayer from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (1.3.28).  In English, the meaning is:

From the unreal lead me to the Real
From the darkness, lead me to the Light
From death, lead me to Immortality.

A transliteration of the Sanskrit reads:

Asatoma Sadgamaya
Tamasoma Jyotri Gamaya
Myritorma Amritam Gamaya

To listen to a chanted version of the prayer, visit:



  1. Giorgiana

    Hi! this is absolutely awsome, you’re great. But is it possible to have it with the last sentence too? (let there be peace peace peace)

  2. kanta

    I love your Sanskrit calligraphy work.
    what kind of paintbrush or pen do you use..?

    • Stewart Thomas

      I’m glad you enjoy the calligraphy. I use a variety of pens and brushes. The most rustic are dip pens cut from a piece of bamboo or reed. These are the type of pens I used when I first learned calligraphy. I also use metal calligraphy nibs, usually mitchell nibs. for larger work I use chinese calligraphy brushes or special calligraphy pens carved from wood or a newer type that uses an absorbent high-density fibre.

  3. hi i really love u works .. but i can’t alyaws understand whats written .. so i read the quotes in english .. and then try to find the right translation that may fit to the what i get from the work .. so sometimes it’s pretty much confusing .. and i think it will help a lot if u add the quotes also in arabic in the work’s info i hope u consider that .. and thanks for this amazing masterpieces u do .. u r such an inspiration

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