A little Buddhist nun sits on the grass by a flowing
river. In an outstretched hand she holds a begging
bowl. Other hands open a fan, support a singing
bird, have a rosary, or hold a flower. Yet another
hand lifts to touch the void of the waxing moon.
The crescent moon and the begging bowl echo each
other both seemingly empty yet capable of fullness.
When I painted her six hands I realized why certain
statues of deities are shown with numerous arms
and hands doing many things at once. They have
multiple capabilities and all of their movements are
simultaneous. Because all time is right now for the
divine it exists in an eternal present. The little nun
is echoed by a figure behind her. It may be another
nun or the multiple aspects of ourselves that
combine into an integrated whole.
THE ETERNAL PRESENT
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