Fine arts including painting, music and poetry are the very best way to propagate and explain the vedic knowledge and to inspire people to appreciate or follow this higher state of conciousness leading to inner spiritual realization. Art is really a way to look within and create a link to the superior plane and by that realization trying to convey and external idea of that sentiment by using the colors for a painter and the sound for a musician. This is the most fascinating aspect for an artist.
This form of art is known in the west as ‘Vedic Painting’ or a particular style of expression that unify the atistic ability to the meaning of vedic texts, wich is mostly directed to the trascendence and the search for spiritual self realization.
This is how my process of creativity starts: studying and meditating on the inner meanings of the Shastra. All the Indian classical art that i try to create at my level best, is not a result of my own imagination but the description of the ancient books depicting the wonderful Spiritual reality of Krishna Lila.
After this stage, i start to sketch on paper some ideas and by taking lots of references such as images or pictures, then comes the tonal sketch and composition, then the colors and atmosphere. After i have a clear idea of how the painting should be, i take the canvas and draw the lines of the fugures, the scene, adjust the proportions and thus i can start use the oil colors (most of the time In a semi-transparent form to begin) and search the exact shades that can give a correct emotion to a particular lila. Most of the time, to get a more dramatic effect, i upload on my computer the painting in progress and take the help of the digital media to reach even a more subtle tonal or lightning effect. With this final work I go back to the canvas and add all the changes studied on the screen.
Regarding the style of my paintings, i combine both the styles of India and the italian classical art. Regarding this style i was very inspired by Raffaello, Michelangelo and Pre Raphaelites school of art. The classical roman and greek marble sculptures are an immense source of ideas too, especially regarding hands gestures or elegant positions and dresses. In the Indian style my inspiration comes from the beautiful old Kangra paintings and by the famous Raja Ravi Varma oil paintings.
Please find the descriptions for each painting by scrolling at the bottom of the page.
The Lord of Lords, Gaurasundara, is adorned with a beautiful red flower garland placed on his heart. His body shines like molten gold and his dress is saffron like the rising sun.
Ornated with the jewels of loving feelings for Krishna, and deeply absorbed in singing the holy names, Gaurasundara has flooded the entire universe in prema (pure love).
If Gaurasundara, who is Krishna with Radhika's golden complexion and feelings, would have not appear and did not describe the unmatched sweetness of Vrindavana, offering his mercy to the people of Kali Yuga without discrimination, who could have access to the sweetness of that Vrindavana ? Who would talk about the unlimited glories of Krishna's names?
By their great luck the living entities roaming in this material existence can obtain the spiritual merit of bhakti (devotion).
When these merits are accumulated for many lives, the faith (sraddha) is born in exclusive devotion.
From this faith comes the desire to associate with the pure devotees and the true saints and so it develops into taste for sadhana and bhajana. When faith intensifies and becomes pure, it becomes nistha (firm faith), which at the stage of maturity it turns into ruci (taste). The beauty of bhakti makes this taste stable and at that moment evolves into bhava (spiritual emotions).
When bhava combines with its components, in the right proportions, the rasa (the nectar of the spiritual relationship) appears. This is the gradual process that leads to the rising of unconditional love (prema).
After the pastimes performed at the end of the night (nisanta-lila), Radha and Krishna return to the respective homes and lie in their beds. Radha's condition is indescribable. She burns in separation from her beloved. Sri Rupa and Rati Manjari are absorbed in serving Her, and encourage her as if they were giving Her a new life. Rupa and the other damsels, adorn Radha dressing and decorating Her, and singing of Her pastimes with Krishna.
(Bhajana Rahasya- Chapter Two, Pratah-lila)
Radha at Yavat
In the inner courtyard of Sri Radha's house, Her dearest friends and aunts, await the return of Lalita devi which will bring to Radha the sweetness that Krsna has kept for Her.
At the same time she will bring Krsna's message with the place of the encounter with Krishna in the forest. Krishna stole Radha's heart, and even Radha stole the heart of Krishna. In this way both act with the heart and mind of the other.
from Bhajana Rahasya
Radha at Surya Kunda
Srimati Radhika is adored in incalculable universes by all the greatest personalities, like the daughter of the Himalayas, Parvati devi, by Sacred Wives of King Indra, and by Saraswati or Gayatri (Brahma's wife).
All heavenly beings love her. But around noon, when the sun is at its zenith, with the pretext of satisfying the wish of the mother-in-law to worship the Deva Surya and get his blessings, she goes to Surya-kunda where she knows she can see Krsna secretly and establish their next appointment at Govardhana hill.
''Although all Deva loves you, you simply pray to Surya to be able to meet Krishna freely and do wonderful pastimes.
If we love Radhika, which is the goal of worship of all the pure personalities and, we too will get good luck and the opportunity to develop pure love for God and, at the end of our existence, gain access to the transcendental world of knowledge, eternity and happiness, Goloka Vrindavana.''
Krishna dancing with peacocks
"Embellished with charming clothes on which the garlands are laid, and decorated with peacock feathers, lotus flowers, water lily, mango sprouts and bunches of flower buds, Krsna and Balarama shine magnificently among the cowherd boys. They resemble the best dancers in a theatrical scene, and sometimes they sing. "
(Srimad Bhagavatam- 10.21.8)
The gopis say: "Krsna is decorated with mango leaves and other red leaves. This red color represents anuraga, that is, love and affection. Krishna took a beautiful peacock feather to put it in His hair and, decorated by the feeling of a skilled dancer, takes His flute and start playing a sweet and irresistible melody.
Seeing this scene all the forest peacocks think: "Oh, Krsna is like a cloud filled with rain." and begin to dance following the sound of the flute. Peacocks think: "This player is very experienced, and with this sound we can dance very well."
So peacocks give Krsna a peacock feather as a gift and Krsna takes and keeps it always in his hair , accepting the gift of peacocks.'
Explanation of Sri Srimad BV Narayana Goswami Maharaja
Radhika, who always stimulates fun in Krishna, with a subterfuge stole Him the flute. Krishna's flute is the instrument he uses to attract all living entities, so not finding il any more, he asks Radhika to give it back. In this way he falls at the feet of Radhika and to show his complete submission, He prays with tears in His eyes.
Sannyasi Thakura in Kasi
One day a holy Vaishnava loudly singing the holy names and pastimes of Sri Hari, crossed my way. I opened my eyes and saw him wet with a tear flow and with hair standing on his body, so he was abducted by ecstasy. In a broken voice from the ecstatic emotion he sang, "Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda!" Seeing him and listening to his singing, in my heart was born an ecstatic feeling so extraordinary that I cannot describe. Though I was invaded by that mystical experience, I could not converse with him, bound by the restrictions of my state of sannyasi paramahamsa. Shortly after, I was tormented by the desire to find that holy Vaisnava, but despite my continued research, I did not find him anywhere.
(from Jaiva Dharma, first chapter)
Portrait of Radha
Krsna pleaded for Sri Radha
''My dear! Offering the fresh gems of your lovely feet as an ornament on My Head, so that the devastating effect of Cupid's poison can be alleviated and the flaming fire of loving desires can be sown. ''
Radha! My suffering will only be won if you accept me. I'm overwhelmed by a vision of your qualities, your lotus feet are munificent. They satisfy the most desperate and dear desires for those who pray to them. They are ornaments because they are red, soft and fresh like a newly wrinkled lotus flower; if they had to rest on my head, it would be decorated. At the same time the toxic effect of burning desire would be neutralized.
From 10th verse of Gita Govinda
May the lovely and scented Radha Kunda to be the only refuge in my life. In this mystical pond, Radha and Krsna, intoxicated by pure love, daily play with great joy in scented water from the pollen of fragrant lotus flowers. (Radha kundastakam, verse 8, by Raghunath das Gosvami)
Sri Radha dives into the pond and swims until reaching a group of golden lotus flowers. Her lotus face is confused with other kunda flowers. The sakhis say to Krishna: "Where is Radha? Go look for her now! '' But Krishna can not find Her anywhere. Finally He will find Radha because many bees are restless, attracted to the extraordinary fragrance of Radha's face, they fly to the lotus flowers where she were hiding.
(From the book Sri Vrajamandala Parikrama)
Radhika said to the bumblebee: "Krishna is black like you. How can I trust you?You go from one flower to another by taking its nectar and then leave it no longer caring for it. Your master is the same, he has learned this art from you. We do not want to have any relationship with people like this. " The bumblebee told Radhika: "Krsna loves you and honors you, therefore he sent me here. He is very attracted to you. " Radhika replied, "Shut up! Don't you remember what he said during the rasa-lila? He said: 'O my dear gopi friends, I was always here with you, I never left you, I just wanted to see your reaction. I pretended to leave you to increase your love. A poor and ignorant man could receive a diamond and swap it for a piece of glass, and then, without bothering him, lose it. Then a friend might ask him: Oh, where is the diamond I gave you? The man will reply, 'I thought it was a simple piece of glass and I threw it! No, it was a precious diamond! ' Krishna wanted to leave us to create an intense desire in us, but also to show the world how deep our love for Him. " Srimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, Bhramara-gita
Nityananda Prabhu is the dhama-svarupa. He led the first parikrama of Navadvipa-dhama, taking Srila Jiva Gosvami to all the places Mahaprabhu had enacted His pastimes. He said, “Gaura’s pastimes will appear in the heart of anyone who comes and circumambulates Gaura-dhama. And one dives in the ocean of gaura-prema will arise in Vraja, and become an intimate servant of Radha-Krsna.” gaura prema rasarnave, se tarangejeba dube, se radha-madhava-antaranga [Gaura-prema is an ocean of rasa. One who dives deep in the waves of that ocean becomes a confidential associate of Sri Radha-Madhava.] sri gauda-mandala bhumi, jeba jane cintamani, ta’ra hoya vraja-bhume vasa [One who knows the divine abode of Sri Gauda-mandala, Sri Navadvipa, to be transcendental touchstone (cintamani) is in truth a resident of Vraja-bhumi, Sri Vrndavana.] A person that goes on parikrama of Nityananda Prabhu’s dhama and who offers obeisances to Nityananda Prabhu, will at once make a relation with Vraja-dhama. Vrndavana dasa Thakura and other great devotees extol and write the glories Lord Nityananda. We offer puspanjali at His lotus feet and pray for His mercy. His glories are unlimited. One who respects Nityananda Prabhu will achieve nitya ananda, eternal bliss. We pray for a place nearby His lotus feet. When we receive Nityananda Prabhu’s mercy, we will become related to the Vaisnavas, harinama, the dhama, and will attain the service of Radha-Krsna. Nityananda Prabhu arranges for all the devotees’ welfare. If we drink one drop of the nectar of His pastimes, and if we remember and offer Him respects, Nityananda Prabhu will make our hearts into kunjas and will give us our svarupa-siddhi (realization of our soul).
Over The Yamuna river
In the middle of the full moon night of Kartika month, on the roof of Mathura Royal palace, Uddhava, finds Prince Krishna secretly crying looking over the Yamuna reaching the horizon line. Krishna Himself reveals his heart to his friend and asks him to go to Vrindavana, where all the residents are crying in separation from Him, especially His parents Nanda Maharaja and Yashoda, and above all the gopis and Radhika. He gave to Uddhava his Vanamali forest garland and his yellow upper cloth (pitambara) that are impregnated by His body scent. He told Uddhava to pacify their hearts and convey to them His message.
Uddhava will reach Vrindavana at Brahma Murta, and will soon realize his inability to satisfy and accomplish Krishna's desire due to the greater love of the inhabitants of Vraja.
Krishna actually wanted Uddhava to see and experience, how pure love is, and try to enroll in the university of Prema Bhakti and thus instructing all the world of the topmost zenith of pure devotion.
Till today, Uddhava is praying in an hidden form, to get the chance to be accepted in the school of the gopis and have vraja-prema.
At the end of the night, Vrindadevi, fearful of the advent of dawn, orders the parrots and other forest birds to sing and wake up Radha and Krishna.
A cool, gentle breeze blows slightly. Though the young Divine Couple has risen because of the sweet chirping, they embrace themselves in the fear of having to separate, and so they fall asleep.
They pretend to sleep deeply because they feel repelled by the idea of separating themselves.
Krishna is moving a flower branch making the flower petals falling on Sri Radha's face. The hidden meaning is that He is the transcendental cupid (Kamadeva) that shots 5 different arrows of flowers increasing the inner spiritual love of Radha and the intimate friends assisting the scene.
The end of the night here represents the moment when the living entity, after having obtained the company of Saints, sees the dissolution of the darkness of illusion (maya). The perpetual wandering in the cycle of births and deaths (samsara) is about to end. As the spiritual master opened the eyes of the soul with the light of transcendental knowledge, the living entity feels disgust for material life and begins to glimpse a new day of confidence.
This is the first stage of bhakti-yoga, that is, when you get the company of sadhu and the seeds of faith in the realization of the self are planted in the heart, thus beginning the spiritual awakening.
(From Bhajana-rahasya, first chapter)