Art and Aesthetics in Action
Written by: Professor Severyn T. Bruyn


A Meditation on Satyagraha

The sages say that the universe is governed by opposing principles. The philosophy of Yin/Yang implies that each person is a “miniature cosmos.” The Yang (Fire) aspects of the body are active, unyielding and aggressive. They engage the Yin (Water) aspects, which are passive, yielding and nourishing. The task is to find that balance inside one’s self in the middle of conflict.

Could this be our destiny? Could it be our evolution?
Gandhi might wonder. He sits quietly in meditation.

A Meditation of Satyagraha
A Meditation on Satyagraha

This painting is after a well-known drawing of Gandhi.
Gandhi said:

The goal ever recedes from us. The greater the progress the greater the recognition of our unworthiness. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.
Mahatma Gandhi, On the Salt March, editor, Eknath Easwaran, Gandhi the Man, p. 102.

Devotion is not mere lip-worship, it is a wrestling with death.
Ibid, p. 97.

Strength in numbers is the delight of the timid. The valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone.
Ibid. p.92.

Call it then whatever name you like, that which gives one the greatest solace in the midst of the severest fire is God.
Ibid. p. 88.

On the Road

Vincent (After himself)

A Peasant (After Vincent)

A Sea of Fire

Flying Colors

A Close Up

The Descent

A Quaker Arbor

The Horse on a Hill

Amaryllis Alone

Roses Rapping

Frames of Arborvitae

Good Morning

Lovers on the Farm

Bass Rocks at Gloucester

Satyagraha: A Meditation