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Juss Kaur  Paintings composed of thousands of vaheguru mantra. Purchase/commission art: jussrani@yahoo.com TEDx talk: http://bit.ly/2stIni9

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ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਦਿਹਾੜੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਲੱਖ ਲੱਖ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ! A very happy birthday to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji!

The Master

This painting emphasizes the omnipresence of our gurus and other saints through the light that emanates from the teachings embodied in Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee...our omnipresent Master, our guide.

Thousands of tiny, handwritten “ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ” (Waheguru) mantras cover every inch of the painting, depicting the basis of all creation and serving as a form of meditation as well.
This painting is part of my Reflective Mantra Art series, which can be found on my website: http://www.jusskaur.com/reflective-mantra-art/. The art can be purchased from my website, and all proceeds from all sales go to charity 🙏🏽 #jusskaur #jusskaur_art #waheguru #reflectivemantraseries #sikhartist #sikhart #gurugranthsahibji #parkashdihara #meditation #meditativeart #mantraart

New blog post! "Creating art trains you to concentrate on details and pay more attention to the environment. In this way, it acts like meditation. It has the power to increase feelings of empathy, tolerance and love." Follow the link below to read more about why I began creating art and how the process of creation serves as a method of meditation.

http://www.jusskaur.com/blog/meditative-art/
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"As we release judgment, silence our mind, breathe deep into the process, and find bliss in each step; we realize that we are boundlessly assisted in our authentic and heart-centered expression. We step out of the way. We realize that the Art is not born of us, but through us, and in this understanding we are humbled, yet profoundly empowered." Throwback to being featured in the @kaurproject where I shared my beginnings as an artist and how I was inspired to inscribe the "ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ" (Waheguru) mantra into my paintings.
The full article can be found here: http://www.kaurproject.com/kaurs#/juss-kaur-artist/
Visit their Instagram page or website (www.kaurproject.com) to learn the stories of other Sikh women and to explore the diverse nature of the Kaur identity.
The paintings I discussed in the article are from my Reflective Mantra Series and can be found on my website: www.jusskaur.com.
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ਮੇਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਤਨਿ ਅੰਮਿ੍ਤ ਮੀਠ ਲਗਾਨਾ ।।
His Ambrosial Amrit (nectar) is sweet to my mind and body - SGGS 698 ***** In the Sikh tradition, Amrit is not some magical potion that would confer upon the consumer an unending span of life or bring about automatic release from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The term is however retained figuratively to signify what leads to such release. In this sense, Amrit is not something external to man “but is within him and is received by God’s grac,e” (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, 1056, 1238). Historically, Amrit in the Sikh tradition refers to the baptismal water Guru Gobind Singh, created for the initiatory rites at the time of the creation of the Khalsa brotherhood. The Amrit is composed of water and sugar and is stirred with a double-edged sword (Khanda) in an iron bowl while prayers are said. ***This piece can be purchased from my website: http://www.jusskaur.com/blog/portfolio/ambrosial-nectar/ . All profits are donated to charity. *** #jusskaur #jusskaur_art #reflectivemantraseries #waheguru #sikhartist #sikhart #amrit #gurugobindsinghji #khalsa #sikh #traditions

Painting in the making: Illusion. "The life of the world is nought but the stuff of illusion" - Koran LVII 20.
Before you can discern truth, you must first be able to recognize the illusion that is masking the truth. In this painting the inner child is longing to leave the illusory world and be part of the real world of the spirit. However, he comes across barriers that seem to be locking him out. Not recognizing that the lock is ever open; that actually there are no barriers. That is only the self-afflicted illusion. All he has to do is go through. We come to know the truth by continually recognizing the illusion that is masking the truth. With our back turned to material life one can open up to the spiritual source of your own being.
With His Grace there will be the waheguru written where there is the illumination.

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Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

Color is the keyboard,

the eyes are the hammers,

the soul is the piano with many strings.

The artist is the hand which plays,

touching one key or another,

to cause vibrations in the soul.
Discover the ​Imprisoned Splendour on my website (http://www.jusskaur.com/blog/portfolio/the-imprisoned-splendor/). #jusskaur_art #jusskaur #reflectivemantraseries #sikhartist #sikhart #imprisoned #splendour #waheguru #mantra #colors

(Part 2) All of the art featured in this video can be found on my website (link in bio) along with a little paragraph describing each piece. The art can be purchased by either visiting my website or sending me an email. Proceeds from sales go to charity 🙏

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(Part 1) Here's a behind-the-scenes peek at how I went about creating my latest portrait of the sixth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. In the video, you can see the portrait during its various stages of completion and witness the process of inscribing the ਵਾਿਹਗੁਰੂ (Waheguru) mantra thousands of times in the painting as well.

Visit my website for more info on my Reflective Mantra Art series. Artwork can be purchased from my website (link in bio). All funds from sales go towards various charity organizations.

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#flashbackfriday to an art exhibition I held earlier this year in Ottawa. I had the pleasure of hosting both Mukhbir Singh, President of World Sikh Organisation, and Ravi Singh, CEO Khalsa Aid, as special guests at the event.

Both graciously opened the exhibition and helped raise funds for Khalsa Aid (http://www.khalsaaid.org/) to support the organization in their humanitarian relief efforts.
#blessed #jusskaur #jusskaur_art #sikhartist #fundraising #khalsaaid #wso #worldsikhorganization #artexhibition

"Omnia Praeclara Tam Difficilia Quam Rara Sunt"
Spinoza, on Ethics. "Excellent things are rare as they are difficult." My hand at calligraphy about 20 years ago of Spinoza’s famous statement in Latin, which I found to be extremely profound.

In writing the sentence, Spinoza (one of the great thinkers of the European philosophical tradition) was seeking to explain why so few people pursue the truly blessed life, as blessedness, while excellent, is also difficult to attain.
In other words, excellent things are difficult to a very great extent, and thus, according to the stated principle, rare.

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In January of this year, Sikhs everywhere celebrated the 350th Prakash Parv - birth anniversary - of our tenth guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. In commemoration of this special occasion and to embody Sikhism's emphasis on gender equality, @thesikhnetworkofficial held a month-long campaign celebrating the sacrifices, contributions and achievements of 350 inspiring Sikh women in history and modern day. The campaign, which initially focused on individuals in the UK, evolved to include Sikh women across the world making a difference in international communities. A few months ago, I had the honor of being featured on Day 23 of their campaign for my work as an educator and an artist.
Check out their Instagram (@thesikhnetworkofficial) and Twitter (@TheSikhNet) to see the stories of our other sisters who have been recognized for their inspirational efforts and who are making a difference in their communities.

#jusskaur #jusskaur_art #350sikhwomen #thesikhnetwork #womenempowerment #sikhwomen #inspiringwomen #tbt #throwbackthursday #educator #artist #sikhartist

The legend of Sohni & Mahiwal is a popular love story with a tragic ending. Sohni, unhappily married to a man she despises, swims every night across the river using an earthenware pot to keep afloat in the water, to where her beloved herds buffaloes. One night her sister-in-law replaces the earthenware pot with a vessel of unbaked clay, which dissolves in water and she dies in the whirling waves of the Chenab river. In trying to save her, Mahiwal also perishes. Their self-less love has been mentioned in gurbani also.
This love story inspired me to make this painting as a wedding gift for my brother. It was my very first effort at painting! The sentiment behind it was to give something from my ‘self’ – besides as a student I could not afford any elaborate gift. Several decades later it still hangs at his home.

My love affair with paints became cemented and is with His Grace still as passionate as that first time.

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