Glimpses of Art

Changing Perspectives of Moral Paradigm

The Bodhisattva Prince Vishvantara is the last birth of the Buddha before he is born as Siddhartha who gained enlightenment. He is depicted through stories on the Ajanta Caves, in some of the greatest depictions of any culture. Ajanta Caves act as the gateway to the modern culture of various countries in Asia and hold the key to our understanding of who we are.

This particular painting, photographed by Benoy Behl, shows Prince VIshvantara with his wife Princess Madri. Through the lens of Behl, we are able to notice the existence of the Prince and the Princess with the background of receding pillars and elliptical mouth of the pitcher, thus perfectly depicting perspective, which is a very advanced feature for a 5th century art. This uniquely advanced form of painting, presented to the world through Ajanta HC, thanks to the lens of Benoy Behl, shows the greatness of the painters who were able to create such art thousands of years ago.

What this painting also does, is that it takes us into the story of Prince Vishvantara before his birth as Siddhartha, showing to us how our moral values, knowledge, beliefs, experiences and future expectations, are in a state of constant evolution. Various stories of Ajanta Caves depict the moral paradigm of people, and so does this picture. 

When we do a deep dive into the picture, we realise how the art form used in the picture is also speaking the language of moral philosophy that it wishes to convey. In the process, this picture teaches us a lot about the evolution of paradigms during our current existence and future births (if we believe in the same). 

There is a lot more to learn from this picture and many other ancient pictures. 

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