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Botanical Identification

The Big Fagonia: non-repeating patterns…?

Intriguing little patterns dancing all over my head. With dreams of Fagonia Laevis growing in a pot next to my bed. Trying to do a 2D pattern required some adjustment, and voila! A Fagonia pattern!

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Botanical Identification Stories

The Big Fagonia

A botanical geometry, by a maniacal geoffrey. Fagonia laevis (California fagonbush) has this awesome branching method with two leaves on the outside, followed inwardly by two sub-stalks, and then a bud/inflorescence/infructescence. Some of the pictures I’ve taken show two anthers out of eight being smooth, and the others all bumpy (for lack of a more scientific term). I’m not sure if this is a maturity issue or an anatomy issue.

Speaking of anatomy, let’s get technical. The Jepson Herbarium lists some information for Fagonia laevis, such as leaflet size (3-9 mm), petiole size (1-4 mm), flower size (1 cm), and information about the fruit. However, if you view the descriptions of the Higher Taxonomy, i.e., for the Genus: Fagonia and Family: Zygophyllaceae, there are more descriptions. (Get your glossary ready!)

Stem

The stem is spreading and angled.

Leaf

Inflorescence

Flower

There seems to be some mention of Fagonia in Ayurvedic medicine, but probably not the same species. Oh where, oh where is my DIY chromatography kit? Oh where, oh where can it be?

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Saraswatī

Henna Motif

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Saraswatī

Who?

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Botanical Identification

Ambrosia Dumosa Inflorescence Test

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Botanical Identification

Ambrosia Dumosa Leaf Test

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Saraswatī

Pages from a Henna Coloring Book…

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Saraswatī

Another hexagon pattern…

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Saraswatī

The Eternal Knot, an interpretation

“Modern Spatial Eternal Knot” is our modern eternal knot interpretation.

MODERN ETERNAL KNOT—DETAILS

“Modern Spatial Eternal Knot” is a modern take on the traditional eternal knot in Buddhist / Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. The “Modern Spatial Eternal Knot” features clean minimalist lines. It’s about simplicity—a reminder that doing with less is a good thing.

The eternal knot (endless knot) is one of the eight auspicious symbols. It has a few interpretations: the unending cycle of death and rebirth (Samsara), the dualistic nature of life, the wisdom of the Buddha, a union of wisdom and method (and wisdom and compassion), etc. The eternal knot is an old symbol, one that has existed in a number of cultures (e.g., Celtic knot, Chinese knot, etc.). But it’s as relevant today as it was way back then.

Here, the “Modern Spatial Eternal Knot” is printed on two types of paper. Select either premium photo paper or matte cotton rag paper. Epson’s Exhibition Fiber paper has a gorgeous texture (not entirely smooth, but not really textured) and produces a vivid print with a wide color gamut. It’s not glossy, but does have a satin sheen. Epson’s Hot Press smooth cotton rag is a thick paper (330 gsm) with a warmer tone. If you love the look and feel of smooth watercolor paper, this is for you! It’s not as white as the Exhibition Fiber (which is NOT super bright white) and the colors are more muted because the paper is completely matte. Both papers are gorgeous and we honestly cannot decide which one we prefer!

ABOUT THE MEDITATION ART COLLECTION

The Meditation Art collection is comprised of designs, calligraphy, and typography that serve as little reminders of practical mindfulness. Each design tells a story and when you gaze upon it, hopefully, it will bring you into the present moment. It is meant to inspire and facilitate development of awareness.

Like our other collections, the purpose of these fine art prints is to surround yourself with art and beauty. We all know life is stressful. So anything that helps you to relax and recharge is a good thing.

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Saraswatī

Aim 001: Antique Treatment

Thoughts on Aim…

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Galleries Saraswatī

Slate hexagon pattern

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Saraswatī

Simple Mehendi Droplet

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Language Saraswatī

Who?

The first word of the Saraswati Vandana, simple and unadorned. When doing becomes too hot, or strained, thankfully, there is letting, or allowing, to cool the fever

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Saraswatī

A song of devotion, Saraswatī Vandanā, सरस्वती वन्दना

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 adornmentWho evokes a golden melody, borne by a pure and bright lotus flower.  Whom all divine beings adore.  Please Flowing One, illumine my darkness.

~ A song of devotion to Saraswatī (author’s translation)

Below is a transliteration of the song (i.e., Saraswati vandana), a non-literal translation, and a blow-by-blow, word-by-word translation. As my Sanskrit improves, I’d also like to provide grammar and syntactical notes… as my Sanskrit improves… Thanks to Saraswati (Saraswatī सरस्वती)!!!

The transcription, transliteration, and translation of the Saraswati vandana (Saraswatī सरस्वती)

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता

yā kundendutuṣārahāradhavalā yā śubhravastrāvṛtā
Who is dazzling as a garland of jasmine, white as snow, beautiful without adornment

या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना।

yā vīnāvaradaṇḍamaṇḍitakarā yā ṣvetapadmāsanā
Who evokes a golden melody, borne on a pure and bright lotus flower

या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैःसदावन्दिता

yā brahmācyuta śaṁkaraprabhṛtibhiṛdevaiḥ sadā vanditā
Whom all divine beings adore

सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा

sā māṁ pātu sarasvatī bhagavatī niḥśeṣajāḍyāpahā
Please Flowing One, illumine my darkness

Word by word…

या who
कुन्देन्दु kundendu Star jasmine, Downy jasmine, Jasminum multiflorum
तुषार tuṣara ice, snow, dew, spray, camphor
हार hāra garland of pearls, necklace, charming
धवला dhavalā white, beautiful, dazzling white
या who
शुभ्र śubhra bright, white, splendid, radiant
वस्त्रा vastrā dressed, rainment, dress, clothes, robe
वृता vṛtā modestly, concealed, hidden
या who
वीणा vīnā vina, ancient string instrument
वर vara excellent, boon, best, precious
दण्ड daṇḍa sceptre, rod, stick, fine
मण्डित maṇḍita adorned, ornamented, decorated
करा karā Hard, firm, stiff, part of an instrument below the neck
या who
श्वेत ṣveta white, dressed in white, bright, white cloud
पद्म padma lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, lotus-hued
अासना āsanā seat, abiding, stay
या who
ब्रह्म brahma Brahma, sacred wisdom, from the Vedas
अच्युत acyuta Vishnu, imperishable, permanent
शंकर śaṁkara Shiva, beneficent, cause of prosperity, auspicious
प्रभृति prabhṛti attached, offering
देव deva god, heavenly, divine
सदा sadā always, continually, ever, perpetually
वन्दिता vanditā praised, celebrated, extolled
सा with, having, accompanied by, giving, bestowing, granting
मां māṁ me
पातु pātu clever, adroit
सरस्वती sarasvatī saraswati, mythical river, speech
भगवती bhagavatī fortunate
निःशेष niḥśeṣa consumed, , without remainder
जाड्या jāḍyā sluggishness, stupidity, laziness
पहा pahā destroy, annihilate

 

The Saraswati Vandana Design Details

And a most fabulous real life print (screen print) of the Saraswati vandana on a t-shirt (from our Etsy shop):

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Anatomy

Muscles of the anterior forearm

 

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