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June 8, 2014

Asatoma

Asatoma_Sanskrit_Calligraphy_Stewart_Thomas

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XNUjnGqldw

 

Comments

  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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