This manifesto was created around 2000 as front page inspiration for my art website. It  houses the condensed conception of the Śrī Sāraswat Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas, and supports the underlying intent of how I attempt to create art and apply this in design.

The basis of these ideas are expressed by their divine graces. Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdar Dev-Goswāmī  Mahārāj and Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj.

Some of the terms used are their catch phrases, others a blend of things I have heard in conversations and my own deliberations on how to express their high philosophical concepts in a couched, indirect way. This is to protect the unhealthy approach into the realm from which these ideas spring by mundane cultural analysis.

My Art making at it’s core is worship and glorification of the divine realm of infinite beautiful form that exist beyond the material realms of abstraction and objects.

The challenge as an artist is how to create the visualisation of  these concepts without titillation of the original substance.

In the words of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākur from his Kalyana Kalpataru.

“In the transcendental realm of Sri Vaikuntha-dhama there is a forest of the supreme perfection of life. Existing beautifully within that transcendental forest are innumerable wish-fulfilling desire-trees. Amongst all the desire-trees within this transcendental forest, there stands out one special tree, which is actually the King of them all. This one is named “the Desire-tree of Auspiciousness”, and it conspicuously exists here within the eternal abode for all of time. What a wonderful sight is this special desire-tree, as it stands with its three-fold trunk! These three divisions branch out as “Upadesa” (spiritual advice), “Upalabdhi” (attainment of realization) and “Ucchvasa” (overflowing spiritual emotions). This tree is very beautifully decorated with flower blossoms of especially sweet devotional service. Plus there are innumerable fruits which are named `kalyan’ (auspiciousness). Any honest or noble person who sincerely takes shelter of this transcendental tree get to taste these fruits of special, supreme auspiciousness, which is devotional service to Lord Krsna. By utilizing the strength that I am obtaining from the mercy of the lotus feet of Sri Gurudeva, I have now brought this wonderful Desire-tree of Auspiciousness here. Oh honest and noble persons! Please hear what has happened now. When I brought the tree here, I have pulled it forcibly and handled it very roughly due to my harsh mentality; therefore it has now lost it’s original splendorous beauty. Now I wish that all of you should become the gardeners of this transcendental tree and, by regularly watering it with your faith and devotion, make it beautiful again. By pouring the water of your faith, the fruits of auspiciousness will fructify into eternal service to the Divine Couple Sri-Sri-Radha-Krsna, which all of us together will taste and relish.”

~Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākur

The Beauty of the self realised Vaisnavas is because their heart of their consciousness is absorbed in a realm where “every word is a song and every step is a dance” everything they do is art without even trying, giving voice to realms of feelings that are too fine to penetrate with the mental force of logic mind or capture with flashy language.

Ornamenting their revelations with ones own feelings of awe and wonder is joy to behold.

Nectar attracts the pollinators.​

~ I.B. Das