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Cosmic Vibrations

Nāda yoga (नादयोग) is an ancient Indian philosophical and metaphysical system, a medicine and a form of yoga. The system's theoretical and practical aspects are based on the premise that the entire cosmos and all that exists in the cosmos, including human beings, consist of sound vibrations (nāda) in motion, forming the building blocks of energy creating and maintaining the cosmos. It is a reverential way to carry spiritual weight more meaningfully than what sensory properties normally provide, The sound vibrations and resonances also serve as the intermediaries to achieving a deeper unity with both the outer and inner cosmos.  Throughout history It has been employed by most Indian saints as an important and powerful tool to raise the level of awareness of the postulated energy centers (chakras), and, in the form of music, has been instrumental in the quest for the attainment of nirvana. (Wikipedia)

Vibrations also play a major role of explanation in modern physics, which describes a universe shrunken into almost infinitely obscure particles referred to as "strings"--quivering elemental mathematical descriptions vibrating in multiple dimensions. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, a 1979 book by Gary Zukav awarded a 1980 U.S. National Book Award in the category of Science, explores modern physics, and quantum phenomena in particular, by leveraging metaphors taken from eastern spiritual movements to explain quantum phenomena. The scientific research today has come up with the recognition that all creation is energy in movement, vibration, each vibration having it's own sound, colour, visual pattern. When the vibration is slow enough we recognize it as our material world. These similarities between the two systems are not coincidental, but register the important truths which underlie both paradigms of thought. 

Synthesizing insights from Hindu metaphysics and modern physics, the depiction here of disparate vibrations uncovers interesting approaches to understanding physical, metaphysical, and spiritual reality.  Because of the prominent role vibrations play as archetypes illustrating phenomenon in both Western and Eastern schools of thought, the pictures in the exhibit below draw upon some of these new ideas and enlist them in an attempt to create visual facsimiles of vibrations to illuminate and explore many otherwise unseen realms beyond, as well as underpinning, human experiences, previously unavailable subjects for perceptual and artistic investigation.  Inspired by earlier artistic movements such as Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, these images offer windows into alternative consciousnesses, engaging the mind by expanding the intuitive responses of the viewer, and projecting visionary encounters transcending normal everyday awareness.  As these vibrations are integrated into the pictorial space of other novel effigies of modern thought, a new kind of imagery emerges, transformed through a reanimated vocabulary for the visual imagination, and, if studied intently, providing a meditative experience leading to unexpected sensations of a heightened or altered reality.

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