BUDDHA IN MEDITATION
The famous pose
of Gautam Buddha, sitting in a lotus pose (padmaasana), with a serene
expression lighting up his countenance is as engrossing as the meditation itself.
A rather full-bodied Siddharth Gautam is sculpted out of stone with a delicately
carved out aura behind his calm face. His robe is carefully pleated and draped
around his body and the hair has the curly Greek influence in a 'Jata' or tied
up locks. The prabhamandala (aura) contrasting his countenance, the snail shell
curls of the hair, the ushnish (cranial protuberance of his head ), and the pleated
sanghati (robe) falling from his left shoulder are characteristics developed during
the reign of the Gupta dynasty (5th cent. A.D.) in India.
was a prince by birth and only knew the grandeur and opulence that surrounded
him. He was only given to experience the best and the happiest life had to offer.
But all that wealth and luxury could not offer Siddharth the peace of mind he
deeply missed. A procession around his kingdom revealed to him the different stages
of birth, childhood, adulthood, old age, disease and death. For the first time
he was exposed to the misery that life could unleash upon human kind. He also
chanced upon a Yogi sitting deep in meditation and knew this at once to be is
calling. He renounced the kingdom, his family, his belongings, everything and
headed for the woods in search of a remedy for this misery.