NATRAJA (The Lord of Dance) in The Art Institute of Chicago

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Natraja is one of the manifestations of Shiva, a major Hindu

The origins of Hinduism are traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization, dated from 4000 to 2200 B.C.E. Though Hinduism is commonly viewed in the West as polytheistic (worship of multiple deities), it is more accurately described as henotheistic— the worship of a single deity with the recognition that other gods and goddesses are aspects or manifestations of that single deity. One god creates many personalities to represent its different aspects and worship of one is actually the worship of all. For the ongoing birth, preservation, and death of the cosmos and of the entities in it, there are three personalities of Brahma which are essential and which persistently keep creating this cycle

  1. Brahama: Creator who
    continues to create new realities
  2. Vishnu: Preserver, who
    preserves these creations. His most popular manifestation is Krishna.
  3. Shiva:…

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Our Environment and Teachings of Buddhism

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Nature, beautiful and sometimes stunning, has a great capacity to impress our hearts. These impressions often become a source of spiritual uplift and at times take a few of us to the heights of spiritual enlightenment. All religions insist on the sanctity of life, but in Buddhism this principal extends to connect an individual not only with all life but also with all Nature. In Buddhism, Nature is not merely a supply source for our material needs. The Earth is seen as a living entity, and therefore Nature has a dynamic role in our lives. This respect for nature is inherent in Buddhism not only because it is the basis for much of its teachings, but because Buddhism itself is a product of Nature.

The American monk, Thomas Merton, writes about his personal transformation while he was at a forest monastery: “If we reside in nature and near trees and…

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Miniature Painting of India

The Indian sub-continent had a very rich tradition of miniature painting that was not only tied to kings, queens and lords of different kingdoms of the Indian sub-continent, but also had a strong connection with the architectural forms of the temples, mosques, palaces, and courtyards of the region.

Urbanization in the Developing World

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Published on December 29, 2018 onGoodreads

The trend of rural populations moving toward cities has created huge problems in the urban societies of developing countries. In the year 2005, half of the world’s populationwas living in urban areas. In 1994, there were fourteen mega-cities (the cities that had at least ten million inhabitants). This number increased to thirty-seven in 2017. This migration of rural population to cities has created huge problems.

Due to this influx of population, cities are unable to provide amenities to all their residents and the growing slums have become centers of crime in the cities. A report by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) says that some 96,150 housings units per day are required to avoid the urban crisis in the near future. Under the title “Financing Urban Shelter,” the same report says that more than two billion people would be added as…

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Morality Based Education

Since the dawn of the industrial era and particularly after the Second World War, education became more career oriented. Its value as a job grabber and a mode for competition for industrial and corporate positions has increased tremendously. Gradually the process of providing values and morals, both worldly and religious, moved to the end of the list of objectives of education.

Charter Schools—a Teacher’s View

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Charter Schools—a Teacher’s View

Published onSeptember 22, 2018 onGoodreadsandBlogspot

A few days ago I was talking to a friend, who has been a teacher for more than thirty years, in both public and charter school systems. Because she was only licensed to teach art, and because art (unfortunately) is a very low priority in most school systems, she was displaced due to the lack of funds. The next job she found was in a charter school. I remember how she had complained about the public school system, but her complaints about the charter schools went far beyond her complaints about the public school system. She said, “They expect me to get to work at 7:35 am, and be on school grounds even before students appeared at the door. Then they want me to teach four 75-minute classes daily, and be present in the lunch room with the…

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Art Education? Why?

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The above question is an important one for a society in which there is much to be done toward the appreciation and teaching of art. Is it really a waste of time for our students? Is it a subject that just tears them away for forty-five to fifty minutes from their core subjects? Or is it a subject that provides our students with some specific skills? You may say that as an Art teacher I am biased, but I firmly believe that art should be an integral part of our school system.

students' art

Art Creates Understanding
Art preceded writing. Though essential, writing is usually linear (except perhaps in literature), while art has offered multi-layer perceptions since its very inception. The cave paintings were not only paintings they represented stories and icons, and desires and ambitions. They were a communion with nature and showed fear of it. They were inspirations and dreams…

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