AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY SHRI GOKUL DEMBI,A RENOWNED PAINTER OF THE REGION ORGANIZED BY J&K ACADEMY OF ART, CULTURE AND LANGUAGES HAS BEEN INAUGRATED IN PRESENCE OF GALAXY OF PROMINENT CITIZENS, POETS, LEADERS AND EDUCATIONISTS LIKE DR.FAROOQ ABDULLAH, PROF AMITABH MATTOO, DR. K.L. CHOWDHURY, MR. R.L.SHANT, MR. A.K.DEWANI, DR. RAFEEQ MASOODI SECY.JKAACL AND OTHERS. ALL APPRECIATED THE PAINTINGS ON SHIV SUTRA OF SH GOKUL DEMBI,NEARLY 40 PAINTING WERE EXHIBITED IN KALA KENDRA. SHRI VIRENDER RAINA CONDUCTED THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PROGRAMME. NOTE:-PLZ SEE THE ATTACHMENT REGARDING THE PAINTINGS.
REGARDS AND ORZU.
There can be no denial of the fact that SAIVISM has played a very significant role in the intellectual and spiritual evolution of Kashmiri people. As a matter of fact the foundational layers of Kashmiri culture are embedded in monistic SAIVISM. And SAIVISTIC philosophy in one form or the other has also reached the other parts of the sub-continent & as such has contributed to the spiritual well being of its people. To us, it is important to know its philosophical significance, because it forms our tradition, a part of our unconscious collective as well as individual and thereby a part of our being. And I would like to add here that any one who aims at self knowledge that is any who wants to know oneself, the first thing that drawn upon such a person, the first thing he/she/ realizes is that his/her life does not begin with his/her birth, nor it end with his/her death. Then what next ? What is the next step in this journey of self-knowledge? All living beings including human beings are products of space and time; no doubt their essence transcends space as well as time. But so far as empirical existence of human beings is concerned they have first know themselves through the coordinates of space and time, only then can they aspire to go beyond these co-ordinates.
Coming to SAIVISM, the literal meaning of the term SIVA is GOODNESS. The fundamental
principle of SAIVISM is that the universe is the manifestation of the absolute good or SIVA.This absolute good or SIVA is immanent in this Universe, but at the same time His limitless being is not exhausted by this universe, thus the absolute good or SIVA also transcends this universe. This absolute good or SIVA is of the nature of PRAKASH-VIMARISH, that is, it is absolute light & absolute consciousness.
Kashmir Saivism is also known as TRIKA SASTRA because of having three fundamental postulates (1) SIVA (2) SAKTI (3) NARA-the bound soul or (1) Para - the highest (2) Prapara - the identy in the difference (3) Apara - difference. The literature of the system is traditionally grouped under the heads, (1) the Agama Sastra (2) the Spanda Sastra and (3) the Pratyabhijna Sastra.
There is a traditional belief that certain texts have been revealed by SIVA. These texts are called Agama. The basic Agama of the Trika Sastra is SIVA SUTRAS, it is also known as Sivopanisat-Sangrah.Siva Sutras holds the key to a comprehensive understanding of the Kashmiri spritual tradition. In the first place monistic Saivism developed as a kind of religious mysticism. The Siva Sutra read like aesthetically structured riddles which radiate divine beauty and charm and are capable of many interpretations depending upon the spiritual evolution of the interpreter. It was only at latter stage that the Trika Sastra developed into a kind of full fledged philosophy, as it had to counter the Buddhist and Vedantic logic. Buddhist philosophy advocated the doctrine of Anatmavada that is the doctrine of NO-SOUL and the principle of Ksanbungurvada that i the doctrine of momentariness. On the other hand for monistic Saivism, Atma is the only and supreme reality and inspite of its innumerable manifestation it is and remains one Abiding one. The very first Sutra of Siva Sutras reads: Caitanyamatma- Atma is consciousness; free and creative.
According to Saivism aesthetic experience like spiritual experiences is ego-dissolving and liberating but unlike it, it is transitory and temporal; while spiritual experience of bliss is limitless and atemporal. The aesthetic experience which is with in the reach of every human being may be regarded as an evidence for the fact that the spiritual experience is an existential possibility. Not to speak of LAL-DED and NUND-RESHI the pioneers of Kashmir Sufi poetry the spiritual message of Siva Sutras permeates the Kashmiri Sufi poetry even to this day.
According to ABHINAVAGUPTAthe towering philosopher of Kasmir Saivism the experience of RASA is "a resting (visranti) in one's essential nature (savit) which is pervaded by bliss (anand) and light (prakasha) and is similar to the tasting (asvada) of the supreme BRAHAMA" (ABHINAVA-BHARTI on NATYASASTRA 6.31).
According to tantric spirituality the aesthetic experience can led one to the highest spiritual state.to explore the connections of the aesthetic and spiritual experiences is the concern of the present body of the work by GOKAL DEMBI.....................WRITER PROF. M.H. ZAFFAR (KASHMIR UNIVERSITY)
"It was in early 2005 that Mr.GOKAL DEMBI,a well known painter of the valley informed the present writer that he is doing a project on (Reshis Tradition of Kashmir) and is attempting a visual presentation of the tradition. During the conversation, the writer suggested to the painter that to begin with he may attempt a visual interpretation of the Siva Sutras;as it happens to be one of the basic texts of Kashmiri Reshi Tradition. Mr.Dembi's present work can also be viewed and evaluated in this context."
From: SANJAY MOZA (GEN.SECY. PANUN KASHMIR)