In the beginning there was Spanda; throb; primer; finest vibration; sound-light; the mantra-yantra concept, which created all the elements of the universe and the cosmic dance of creation, preservation, destruction, transformation and liberation.
Any true art will always express this secret of evolving life. Art is the key instrument of the tantric yoga experience which can be described as acceptance, purification, sublimation, and transcendence of all elements of life without any exceptions. This courageous and at the same time blissful path of transformation of poison into nectar, limitation into freedom, and polarities into one-ness can be considering the ultimate form of liberating alchemy.
A tantric artist makes himself a part of this alchemic mystery through an internal and external yogic process and also by learning and using tantric tools, symbols, and patterns. This timeless art of realizing the truth through beauty and yogic bliss is still alive today in India, in the space where Lord Shiva revealed himself in the form of Agamas; the secret of supreme identity through the art of tantra yoga. However, in this present global period of declining ages (known as Kali Yuga and associated ages of Kali Yuga) it is critically important to preserve and extend this unique science and art of liberation for the elevation of mankind as a whole.
The process continues here in India of establishing an international ashram and Tantra Art College known as Trika. This is an educational center and at the same time a place of regular held international festivals of spiritual art in the form of exhibitions and concerts which all take place in two authentic cultural environments. One location is in the foothills of the Southwest Himalayas, Rishikesh (the ancient capital of Rishis and Yogis). Another area is in South India, Tamil Nadu at the holy mountain Arunachal. This sacred spot is where the ancient Rishis experienced ultimate reality in the form of Fire Shiva lingam and as Shiva Ardhanareshwara (the united form of Shiva-Shakti; spirit and energy/matter).
In short, project ‘Trika Art Ashram’ (an ashram and International Centre of Tantra Yoga Arts) is a program dedicated to the establishment of an international community of spiritual artists or yogis with great artistic skills. This project will offer an exceptionally conducive and creative field for aspirants to realize their artistic and spiritual capabilities in the most self sufficient way possible-- by getting direct and collective feedback through the use of music studios, printings and concert halls.
Tantra Yoga Arts is based on seven tools of knowledge (Sapta Vedas): Yoga; Chitrakala (painting); Sangit (music); Nritya (dancing); Vastu (science of the living space); Ayurved (science of healthy life); and Jotirved (science of cosmic light or astrology and also body reading). Below is a short description of these seven Arts.
Chitrakala (Visual Arts/Painting) is based on the power and liberating art of visual expression of the deepest insight. It’s the ability to create images of one’s spiritual journey back to the Source (images of transformation from the limited individual to the transpersonal and then from the archetypical into the unlimited Universal). Contemplative visualization as well as meditation on certain images is one of the tantric vehicles that will take us toward the divine center within.
Sangit (nadyoga or yoga of sound) is based on the experience of ‘existence’, including but not limited to the nature of a human being-- as a sound field of different frequencies which create different elements and moods (the 9 rasas). And then finally bringing all of these different creations back to their mutual Source (this is in accordance with North and South Indian music traditions). This is the most ancient, direct, and blissful way to the divine.
Nritya (Art of Dancing) is an embodied dynamic form of light and sound or yantra-mantra nature which originated from the cosmic dance of Shiva and which represents the full circle of life: creation; preservation; destruction; transformation; and liberation. This is particularly represented in the North and South Indian dancing styles.
Vaastu (the ancient Vedic equivalent to the Chinese’s- Feng shui) is a key science of a yantra (structure and composition) of living space and elements along with its application to the arts and the arrangement of our daily life.
Ayurved is the science of how to attain a healthy and balanced life which as a result will help the individual to understand, grasp, and regulate the complex mechanisms of nature (in the form of lifestyle, diet, exercises, and treatment remedies).
Jyotirved (science of cosmic light-- including astrology and the art of body reading) is a science that will help an individual to experience unity of the micro and macro universe. One’s own archetype will also become revealed along with cosmic links and divine associations. Most importantly, the student will learn how to apply this knowledge to art.
All of these special types of educational art programs (visual arts, music, dancing) are based on tantra yoga discipline (Kundalini Yoga) as well as the basic principles of Vaastu, Ayurved, Astrology and body reading. The application of these dynamic principles will help students to develop both their artistic skills as well as their own personal qualities.
Therefore ‘yoga sadhana’ is a basic compulsory class for all students who are participating in these three main departments: Chitrakala (painting), Sangit (music), and Nritya (dancing). This particular sadhana is based on the ancient Himalayan tradition which includes but is not limited to the following universal stages:Yama-Niyama; Asan; Bandha; Mudra;Pranayama; Swar Yoga; Meditation; and the practice of Yantra and Mantra. It’s also necessary that there will be separate classes held for men and women as they will have specific exercises prescribed to them according to their individual character type and life situation.
The main aim of the Trika Ashram/ Art Centre is to preserve this timeless Parampara (tradition and lineage) of the Masters of life (yogis, artists, and spiritual guides). Through many different forms of their art, they have always been consciously guiding those people who were ready for this inevitable and inescapable journey of the soul back to the Source.
Swami Amrit Mahamedha
The founder of Trika Yoga Art Ashram is Swami Amrit Mahamedha ‾ a yogi as well as an artist who began his yogic and artistic journey from very childhood. He did so ‘naturally’ and ‘spontaneously’ by following a path which was manifested by his Manas Guru- Abhinava Gupta Pada (Bhairav Avatar) who was a great yogi, aesthetic, poet, musician, and philosopher. But most of all his guru was a great exponent of the Trika tantric tradition of Kashmir.
Swami Amrit Mahamedha says, “We are approaching a time when art and creativity, after roaming in the intestines of the commercial industry and market, will come back to its spiritual origin. People will experience this art not per remote control, but in an authentic environment through the unity of space, air, light, water, and earth; image, sound, smell, taste, and touch; and finally, body, mind, and spirit. It’s a time when Art will come back to the Temple."
He calls his style of painting, ‘hand made photographs of meditations, visions, and dreams’. They’re documents of his transpersonal experiences which are the tools and expressions of his yogic experience as well as the collective experiences of our spiritual ancestors.
"People who are making images, sounds, buildings, books, landscapes, etc. should learn the true meaning and the natural laws of ‘liberating creativity’." Without initiation into light, yantra, color, and form, an artist will remain merely an artisan. For example, a real musician should experience the metaphysical nature of sound as well as the musical nature of psychic and physical phenomena. A writer must know the universal power of mantra (the mysterious power of the alphabet) in order to create inspiring text. An architect has to learn Vaastu (the science of living space and elements) which is the essence of any structure. A yogi-artist is a master who is not only realizing the secret of ‘all existence’, but most importantly, he is able to share this blissful experience with the rest of the world."
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The realization of such a large project (such as the one described in this site) is virtually impossible without the support from people who also have an interest in preserving and developing the tantric yoga tradition-- the tradition of experiencing ‘Satyam’, ‘Shivam’, and ‘Sundaram’( Truth, Supremacy, and Beauty) through Tantric Fine Arts.
This ashram and Art Centre is entirely independent and therefore can only be established and fulfill its task via the help that it receives in the form of donations. Hence, this project need generous support and requires ongoing help.