In these challenging times we are seeing a significant interest from those looking to find both serenity and mindfulness not only for themselves but more often for others. A beautiful work of art that can help bring peace and calm during these difficult times has wide appeal.
After a trip at Srikshetra from Burma at 300 km from Rangoon Birmania, James Hosfall keeps collecting spiritual object on a curated collection of museum quality HD Asian Art. He has paid a tribute to the site of Angkor in Cambodia, Laos and thailand temples. His passion is offering serene, meditative sculptures representative of a rich history of Buddhist and Hindu art. Museum quality, design led pieces to inspire your home, your life and your spiritual practice. Jame Hosfall of HD Asian Art transforms home or office space to quite place by statues.. He explained "Buddhist statues, for example, have been brought in by individuals endeavouring to improve their mindfulness and meditation. Hinduism’s Ganesha is being gifted to friends looking to overcome obstacles. Others have turned to Shiva and Vishnu idols when in need of protection in difficult times. "
All the more important is worshippers understanding exactly how their religious statues can bring personal value. Such religious idols are crafted following ancient traditions. Materials, stances and hand positions are critical to the meaning of all such artefacts. This is particularly significant during the coronavirus pandemic, where individuals have met with unique and unparalleled issues. Choosing the right statue is therefore essential. Buddha, for instance, is depicted and crafted in many different positions, all of which represent a different opportunity for spiritual assistance.
One particularly positive takeaway from the interest in religious statues is how they are being gifted. According to James, there has been a notable increase in those wishing to buy idols for others. This is far deeper than the simple bestowal of ancient art to a friend. Looking out for one another has been a key theme of all lockdowns in the sense of both physical and mental health. This has varied from online events to communal efforts to deliver groceries for those in need. On a personal level, the gifting of a statue, such as a Ganesha, represents a spirituality and offers the chance of serenity. Though this may not be for everybody, looking inward when we can’t go outside is a logical step towards future stability in a turbulent time.
The cynical may beg the question of whether this trend will continue. What can be said is that the pandemic has made definitive changes in all aspects of our lives that are here to stay. For some, it may be the realisation that they can work from home with ease. For others, that they are natural banana-bread bakers. But for many, this recognition will be that the positivity offered by these ancient idols is not just temporary a solution to ‘unprecedented’ issues. These ancient artefacts represent far greater emotional lifestyle changes.
The Buddha is seated in the Dhyana mudra or 'Meditation Position'. This hand gesture promotes the energy of meditation, deep contemplation and unity with higher energy. It has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. The peaceful countenance of Lord Buddha exudes harmony.
The bodies profile is with broad shoulders and slender waist, covered by a Sanghati robe worn diagonally over the left shoulder, and is graced by a simple flap draped to the navel. The right shoulder is left bare.
The Buddha features an oval face, with almond shaped downcast eyes. Curved eyebrows meet above a prominent nose, and contoured lips with an exalted expression, appear smiling. The striations of the hair form a line around the face. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings. A lotus bud shaped ushnisha sits on top of his head symbolizing his high level of spiritual development.
An antique Vietnamese style sandstone mounted Ganesha torso. This four-armed form of the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati demonstrates the sophistication of Cham sculptures.
Ganesha is represented as the embodiment of the asceticism exemplified by his father. His elephant features are sensitively and naturalistically rendered and blend seamlessly into the anthropomorphic figure beneath. Typical, of 8th century Cham style.
His torso is clothed in a finely carved short sampot knotted at the waist, in the Khmer 8th/9th century Angkor Borei style, standing frontally with squared shoulders and hips. The stone finely polished.
Ganesha is the elephant headed son of Shiva. He holds a bowl of sweetmeats in his hand. Ganesha is often found playing a musical instrument.
Similar to Krishna Ganesha celebrates life through it's pleasures and beauty. The direction of Ganesha's trunk has symbolic meaning. Here the trunk turns to Ganesha's left. This signifies the direction for success in the world. It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders.
In his early forms in India, Ganesha was associated with fertility. Later he became widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles, patron of arts and sciences and the deity of intellect and wisdom.
Photo: Antique Vietnamese-HD Asian Art