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Amrita is a Sanskrit word that literally means "immortality" and is often referred to as the “spirit molecule”; in ancient texts, as nectar.
During deep states of meditation (or prayer), this precious immortality-giving nectar is said to flow from the pineal gland (which is situated within the center of the brain), into the back of the throat, where it produces blissful (ananda) and profound states of consciousness:
“Amrita, the liquid of immortality is like nectar…It exudes from the Chandra (moon) in the center of the head, deep behind the eyebrows…?The juice is saltish, similar to ghee,? with the consistency of honey. Who swallows this clear liquor ?dripping from the brain into the heart ?and obtained by means of meditation,? becomes free from disease? and tender in body like the stalk of a lotus,? and will live a very long life.” -Hatha Yoga Pradipika
This is, indeed, a precious work of art which symbolizes so much. During the creative process, there was hardly a thought that arose about what might be birthed. The background glass and the teardrop jewel held the inspiration for amrita. The rest was simply showing up in my studio and letting it slowly take its form.
This simple, yet beautiful OOAK (one-of-a-kind) panel is comprised of polished and vibrant shapes of beveled glass with a very pretty circle of dusky rose textured cathedral glass forming its center. The glass chosen for the background is a stunning OOAK amber and purple art glass that was designed and cut to maintain the integrity of the swirls that occur naturally with handmade glass. The glass itself creates a crystalline effect when illuminated by the sun's rays. The teardrop jewel that represents the drop of amrita is a 1 1/8" vintage multi-faceted glass in dark amber. The outermost edges of the piece are textured cathedral glass in dark purple. Finished in a soft black patina and hand-polished to perfection.
Measures 17 3/8" x 14 1/2"Material used: