The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’

By |2020-12-30T23:39:44-08:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Language, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We made a design for Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा) in the Devanagari Script (देवनागरी), and then we put the design on a shirt. A simple two color print with a graffiti-based style. So? What's the story, morning glory? What is Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा)? Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), [...]

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Aim 002: Parallel Pen

By |2019-10-02T21:17:16-08:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Saraswatī, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yep, another aim, AING, aiṃ...(ऐँ) with chandra bindu for extra symbolism. The blue colors are for Saraswatī's affiliation with water. The composition focuses on balance without symmetry. Because of the way the glyph was constructed, I sometimes see an auṃ trying to [...]

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8 Interesting facts about the aim bija mantra

By |2019-11-04T12:36:16-08:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: Galleries, Saraswatī|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

New to the aim bija mantra? Then, welcome! If you're familiar with auṁ (Sanskrit:ॐ, more commonly written as om), the 800-pound gorilla of bija mantras (aka beej mantra or seed syllable), think of the aim bija mantra as aum's little sister. So, what exactly is a [...]

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A song of devotion, Saraswatī Vandanā, सरस्वती वन्दना

By |2019-11-06T15:59:58-08:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Saraswatī|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Saraswati Vandana—A Song of Devotion, for Beautiful Saraswatī सरस्वती वन्दना या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना। या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैःसदावन्दिता सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा Who is dazzling as a garland of jasmine, white as snow, beautiful without adornment.  Who [...]

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सरस्वती for the purists

By |2018-08-20T16:50:39-08:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Galleries, Language, Saraswatī|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Usually, when hand-written (in देवनागरी devanāgarī), the ligatures for vowels are to be joined to the horizontal joining line, and in good proportion to the consonant and vowel marks being joined.  In more modern times, due to Unicode fonts and kerning concerns, [...]

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A variation on a theme for Saraswatī (सरस्वती).

By |2018-08-20T16:50:39-08:00October 25th, 2015|Categories: Saraswatī|Tags: , , , , , , |

I love the dots, I think I'd like to experiment with more variation... of the dots. Maybe a blend, or some sort of width adjustment to the stroke? hmmm. Dedicated to Saraswatī. Devanagārī characters in an art deco style.  

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