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Bodhisattva

  • Date Submitted: 06/06/2011 02:14 PM
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Bodhisattva flowing into the surrounding setting
of the natural world , and all of the elements of the image are
proportioned to exude a sense of flowing harmony . In this sense , the
painting is , obviously , abstract to the degree that it eschews realistic
representation in favor of aesthetic resonance . The resonance of the
painting is directed in a specific manner toward evoking religious
principles associated with Buddhism . Gazing at the image , even the
modern viewer who may be only slightly acquainted with Buddhist
philosophy will perceive in the image , something of the mystical and
scared doctrines of Buddhist thought . One of the suggestions which
flows out of the fresco 's harmonious unity is the Buddhist idea of
karma . The idea of karma is that "Actions can also lead to karmic
fruits in a human life . This might be the present life , or a future
human life , be this one 's next life , or one that comes after one or more
other types of rebirth (Harvey 15 . The Bodhisattva , surrounded by
Nature , takes his rightful place as an organic part of the rhythm and
flow of the natural universe which is articulated by the rhythm and flow
of the fresco itself .
The "Beautiful Bodhisattva " is a brilliant example of the degree of
technical and thematic unity which was brought to bear on the works in
the Ajanta caves . It is true that works such as these show that "art
had reached the perfection [ .] attained in the Ajanta frescoes (Rhys-Davids 34 ) by combining both aesthetic theory and religious

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