Above is a sculpture of Indra, king of the gods, from Nepal and dated to the 15th century. He sits wearing a rounded crown with a swirling cloud motif on the brim. Along with his crown, another distinguishing feature is his horizontal third eye, while all other deities have vertical ones. He sits in an elegant pose emphasizing his regal status. Indra is from the Vedas, the oldest Hindu religious text. The Vedas emphasize performing rituals to maintain order resulting in a continuing tranquility. Eventually these external rituals became internalized as the people of South Asia began to look for a deeper meaning beyond everyday existence.
Image credit: Indra; Nepal; 1463; gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art; C2005.16.15 (HAR 65437)
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About the Speaker
“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.”
Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has been a student of meditation since 1971, and guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is weekly columnist forOn being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Timesbest-seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.Sharon has been a regular participant in the Rubin’s many on-stage conversations. This is her first formal meditation session at the museum. For more information, please visit SharonSalzberg.com