Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 19 x .5 inches
© Paulina Astete
This hand mudra is the Dharmachakra. It means the 'Wheel of Dharma' in Sanskrit. Symbolizes one of the most important moments in the life of the Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his Enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath. It denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma.
In this wheel light is turning into a koi fish. There is fire and light being ignited from the hands. The word Fin in Spanish means End, so the wheel has its beginning and end and beginning again. The Indonesian word Sentuhan at the bottom has two meanings. It literally means contact. Sen is a mechanical turning signal and Tuhan is the word for God. A meditative painting that is filled with color which represents our life cycle in this World. There is also a domino 5 in the center which has a multitude of meanings.
The Torah contains five books�Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy�which are collectively called the Five Books of Moses.
The Christian New Testament contains five foundational books, written by four authors: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Acts of the Apostles.
Muslims pray to Allah five times a day
There are five basic "pillars" of Islam.
According to some traditions of Maya mythology, we are now living in the Fifth World.
In East Asian tradition, there are five elements: (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal). The Japanese names for the days of the week, Tuesday through Saturday, come from these elements via the identification of the elements with the five planets visible with the naked eye. In some cultures there are five cardinal directions, including the center. In Aztec mythology, five is the number associated with the god Tezcatlipoca. The current age in Aztec culture is also the Fifth, and in general the number five in Aztec culture represents movement and the four directions plus the center.