Golden Temple – Meditations Under the Moonlight
Bhagat Singh’s spiritual painting depicts the radiant Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, under the bright full moon and cool night sky. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the impatient crowd, there is one sikh who sits apart, in eternal patience. The people are giving importance to getting into the temple, whereas this man gives importance to what the temple stands for.
The man sits in deep meditation absorbing the scene and becoming one with it. He watches Waheguru’s hukam in action, intuitively enters a peaceful state and drinks the sweet Amrit of Waheguru’s name. He remains near the edge of the hukam as he sits at the edge of the pool and the steps.
We know the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab as Hari Mandir, more commonly as Harmandir Sahib, however in Guru Granth Sahib, it is the body that is referred to as Hari Mandir.
In Guru Granth Sahib, 1059, Guru Amar Das ji says –
ਕਾਇਆ ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਹਰਿ ਆਪਿ ਸਵਾਰੇ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਵਸੈ ਮੁਰਾਰੇ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵਣਜਨਿ ਵਾਪਾਰੀ ਨਦਰੀ ਆਪਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਦਾ ॥੪॥
The body is Hari Mandir, the temple of Hari. He created it and dwells within it. Through the Guru’s words, those who connect to Hari within, are merged into him.
– Guru Amardas Ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 1059)
The body itself becomes Hari Mandir when Hari comes to reside. And Hari fully comes to reside in the body only when the mind recognizes the Hukam taking place. In this manner, the spiritually exalted man meditates on the edge between past and future, on that which is happening right now, the Hukam of Hari.
You could say that in a way, this painting actually shows two Hari Mandir.
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About the Artist
Bhagat Singh Bedi has been painting Sikh History since the young age of 11. He continues to use his gift to create works of Sikh Art that inspire and uplift the soul. His Sikh Paintings connect us to our ancient heritage by telling stories of our ancestors in vivid colours. Each painting is carefully hand-painted, researched and detailed by Bhagat, over years of meditation.
Bhagat’s fine art prints can be purchased for your home, and can be easily ordered online at SikhiArt.com
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