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Srimati Syamarani

Living a Life of Pure Bhakti for over 4o Years

Srimati Syamarani has lived a life of Pure Bhakti, totally devoted and surrendered to her spiritual masters. After graduating from Music and Art School in 1964, Syamarani dasi became a student at New York City College, majoring in art and history. In 1966, at the age of 19, she met her spiritual master, His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,world-famous preacher of Krsna Consciousness and Vedic culture, and the saintly spiritual master of millions of spiritual seekers. She served him with Pure Love & Devotion, and continues to do so, after her Guru's departure from the vision of the world in November 1977.  

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

Jai Srila Gurudeva!

Jai Srimati Radharani!


Her spiritual master is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of ISKCON, and world-famous preacher of Krsna Consciousness and Vedic culture, and the saintly spiritual master of millions of spiritual seekers. Soon after meeting him, she was initiated and given the name Jadurani dasi. (Later on, in 1992, he inspired his spiritual successor, Srila Narayana Maharaja, to give her the additional spiritual name of Syamarani dasi, and she became one of his first few disciples.)

Srila Prabhupada taught her the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, also known as Sanatana-dharma and bhakti-yoga – the timeless ancient wisdom of spiritual India. Even when she was still new to Prabhupada and Krsna Consciousness he sent her to various yoga groups, schools and universities, including Harvard University. There she represented her spiritual master’s words in the mission to spread the science of God.

Srila Prabhupada had taught her the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, also known as Sanatana-dharma and bhakti-yoga – the timeless ancient wisdom of spiritual India. He sent her to various yoga groups, schools and universities, including Harvard University, where she represented his words in his mission to spread the science of God. In 1992, Srimati Syamarani found Srila Prabhupada's successor, Srila Narayana Maharaja.

Under Srila Narayana Maharaja’s guidance, she and her assistants painted bas-reliefs, which are now famous throughout India.  Srimati Syamarani is truly a Saint, and has lived the life a renunciate for more than 40 years, unsurpassed in her humility.

Jai, Srimati Syamarani, ki Jai! 

All Bhakti Art enthusiasts have an open invitation! 

In 1992 Syamarani met his spiritual successor, most intimate friend and siksa-disciple, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. Just before his divine departure, Srila Prabhupada had requested Srila Narayana Maharaja to continue his mission. For the period spanning over two decades since Prabhupada’s departure, Srila Narayana Maharaja has been unwaveringly carrying out this final request. He has been providing insightful guidance and loving shelter to all who come to him, and through the medium of his English books, and his own classes and personal interviews, he is now giving his purifying association and divine realizations to sincere searchers of truth all over the globe.Regarding the style of painting Syamarani employs, she combines the styles of both India and the West. Regarding the Western styles, she was particularly inspired by Renascence painters such as Rafael, and also by the later famous Waterhouse School of art. She was also inspired by Indian styles, especially those depicted by the Brijbasi Company, by the artist Banarji, and even by some of the more stylized and primitive Kangra paintings. From the Indian paintings she receives inspiration regarding the authenticity of the dress, ornaments, architecture, scenery and beauty of the faces and other bodily features.

Yoga Times Article - Windows to the Spiritual World

Windows to the Spiritual World

by gary grunstein 

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by gary grunstein 
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The art of Syamarani Dasi is a glimpse into the spiritual world. To date, she has completed over 200 divinely inspired works for her gurus' temples and books which have appeared in almost every language througout the world. Her paintings include: Krishna and His divine consort Srimati Radharani as well as their eternal associates and her vivid creations have graced classic spiritual books such as the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

In 1966, at the age of 19, she met her guru, Srila Prabhupada, the founder and spiritual leader of ISCKON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. She was soon initiated and became one of his first disciples. He taught her the philosophies of sanatana dharma, the eternal wisdom of mankind as well as bhakti, the path of devotion. In 1967, she became the first art director of ISCKON and Srila Prabhupada announced to his disciples, "These paintings are windows to the spiritual world. They will be like the rain after the draught of mundane art."  He left the world ten years later.

Syamarani later met and took further instruction from another God-realized soul, Srila Narayana Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada's successor. Under his guidance for the last 20 years, she has created many other paintings. He once asked her, "Can you paint my heart?" He then guided her through all the details of a work that became the internationally famous Seva Kunja. The original is presently in Vrindavana India where it is now worshipped as a diety in a Krishna temple.

At the end of an interview on a television show in Italy, the director of broadcasting said to Syamarani, "I just want to dive into these paintings and be there. Where they are?" She has said that the glory of her vivid paintings is that they are not the product of her imagination, but rather, every detail came from the realizations and spiritual vision of her two divine gurus. She considers herself to be a mere paintbrush who is a channel for this spiritual beauty. Syamarani became one of the first teachers of Krishna consciousness in the west and presently is honored as a teacher of this science througout the world.

Syamarani's paintings combine the styles of India and the West. Her strongest western influences are the renaissance painters such as Rafael and the famous watercolor school of art. Her Indian inspirations include the works of the Brijbasi community, the artist Banarji and even some of the more stylized and primative Kangra paintings. From her Indian influences she gets inspiration regarding the authenticity of the dress, ornaments, architecture, scenery and beauty of the faces and other bodily features. From the western artists she intrgrates realism, dramatic lighting and distinct facial expressions. Syamarani paints on canvas and canvas board using water based oils. She travels throughout the world teaching Krishna consciousness and resides permanently in Krishna's birthplace, Vrindavana, India.

To learn more about Syamarani - bhaktiart.net  

Enjoy Art | Painting

The art of Syamarani Dasi is a glimpse into the spiritual world. To date, she has completed over 200 divinely inspired works for her gurus' temples and books which have appeared in almost every language throughout the world. Her paintings include: Krishna and His divine consort Srimati Radharani as well as their eternal associates and her vivid creations have graced classic spiritual books such as the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

In 1966, at the age of 19, she met her guru, Srila Prabhupada, the founder and spiritual leader of ISCKON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. She was soon initiated and became one of his first disciples. He taught her the philosophies of sanatana dharma, the eternal wisdom of mankind as well as bhakti, the path of devotion. In 1967, she became the first art director of ISCKON and Srila Prabhupada announced to his disciples, "These paintings are windows to the spiritual world. They will be like the rain after the draught of mundane art." He left the world ten years later.

Syamarani later met and took further instruction from another God-realized soul, Srila Narayana Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada's successor. Under his guidance for the last 20 years, she has created many other paintings. He once asked her, "Can you paint my heart?" He then guided her through all the details of a work that became the internationally famous Seva Kunja. The original is presently in Vrindavana India where it is now worshipped as a diety in a Krishna temple.

To learn more about Syamarani - bhaktiart.net

 

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