In my part of the country, we recently "fell back" from daylight savings time, and now we are getting up when it's barely light and eating dinner in the dark. For the past two weeks the wind has been stripping the gorgeous maples and oaks of their red and golden leaves in between drizzly rain showers. Once again I am wearing my SAD visor for an hour a day to ward off the seasonal blues as the days grow shorter. (A seasonal affective disorder visor is one with green full spectrum lights set into the bottom of the visor.) My visor fools my brain into thinking there is more light available than winter allows. I am not a big fan of winter's darkness and my doodles are an effort to draw as much light from it as I can imagine!
"Darshan" means to be in the presence of the divine. This is a word which is open to widely differing interpretations but I think the great Indian saint, Anandamayi Ma pretty much nailed it in that quote.
In India she is known as the "Bliss-permeated Mother"; wasn't she beautiful? The amazing thing about her is that she was as intellectually astute and wise as she was lovely.
These doodles I make in the evenings are full of smudges, uneven lettering, irregularities, and bad spacing....but I never care about those things when I am making them. All I am thinking about, and what thrills me, is how the light shines out from the darkness! It's therapeutic to reproduce on paper a bit of the night sky with all its twinkling stars.
"Tat Tvam Asi" means that long ago when the big Bang occurred, a whole lot of big energy shot out into the darkness and now everything, including us is made of that divine "whatever-it-was." Stars, trees, sun and moon, rain, human beings, puppies, cars, houses, laptops. The whole game!
And here is an old mandala that I re-modeled this morning while I was hanging out in my pajamas. I never liked what I had put in the center of this wreath, so I razored it out and put in a golden lotus instead. Much better now!
So the seasonal darkness of late autumn and early winter is here; however, we can still cast a net with our doodles and capture, perhaps a very special kind of light.
You'll have to wait until next time, girlfriends, to see what showed up in this one!