Reflections

Reflection
Noun
  • The throwing back by a body or surface of light, without absorbing it.
  • Serious thought or consideration.

 

Reflections – A moving experience of stillness.

It is said in Vedic literature that food, sleep, fear and procreation are common to animals and human beings, and what makes the latter different, is the presence of the intellect. It is also said that the intellect reflects consciousness or ‘Brahman’, the one all pervading principle, just as a mirror reflects sunlight.

The existence of the intellect in the human being makes him self conscious, i.e. conscious of himself/herself as an individual. This self consciousness, in turn, engenders self judgement. Seemingly pitted against the enormity and limitlessness of the universe, the human finds himself small, limited, inadequate. This sense of limitation causes him to continuously try to make himself bigger, more complete, and voila, human pursuits are born.

Maya, however, being what it is, makes him traverse a circle, he who wants to travel linear in search of his destination. This conundrum is the fundamental human experience: A seemingly square peg trying to fit into a seemingly round hole.

The Vedas say the problem is one of self ignorance. In other words, what we see ourselves as, is not the real image. Ragas and Dweshas (attachments and aversions, likes and dislikes) distort the image. The mirror is covered by a thick coating of dust.  The mirror is reflecting an impostor. The mirror is as good as unavailable. It warrants a good old scrub and rub, from the clean, warm, wet cloth of the Bhagavad Gita – which in essence, is the conversation between a small self and the higher Self. Ignorance conversing with knowledge in the middle of the battlefield of life.

Reflections, by Natya Nectar, is a moving, flowing, sensory experience brimming with the restless energy of Stillness! It attempts to capture the human experience as it is reflected in the mind, as well as the innate craving for a clearer look into ourselves, devoid of distortions. In this ‘Lila’ of life that plays out as a Lila on stage, mirrors are recurring motifs that we cannot help looking at, at times marveling at the beautiful intelligent ignorance, at times helplessly perplexed. Reflections is a Self experience: A self that comes in all sizes (small, medium, large) depending on the reflection seen. Via movement that mirrors the primordial creative energy, Reflections empathizes with Man who looks to the world for completeness, who looks to God for fullness, until the mirror shows him clearly, that which is the source of completeness and fullness…himself.

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