This Thangka painting, commissioned by special request, is a truly unique and rare piece that features the Hindu mantra "Om Namo Narayanaya," which is not typically seen in traditional Tibetan Buddhist art. The painting showcases the rich symbolism and spiritual depth of Tibetan art while illustrating the profound connection between Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. This fusion of spiritual traditions makes this Thangka painting a truly exceptional work of art.
Om Namo Narayanaya is said to invoke the powerful and benevolent attention and blessings of Narayanaya (the Supreme Lord in the Hindu pantheon). Om is the cosmic sacred syllable, encompassing all of the Universe, energy, and consciousness. Namo means "to bow to." Narayanaya takes its root from the Sanskrit word for water, naara, while anaya means "resting place" or "shelter." Thus, the word is another name for the Hindu god Vishnu, whose resting place is water. Alternatively, naara can also mean "living entities," so Narayanaya can also mean the "resting place of all living entities."
The meaning behind the Om Namo Narayanaya Thangka painting lies in the transcendent power of the mantra, which helps in unlocking an individual's spiritual potential. It is widely considered to be useful for individuals seeking self-realization and oneness, which is the ultimate goal of yoga.
An intricate mandala serves as the backdrop, representing the cosmological diagram and the universe's microcosmic nature. This confluence of artistic and spiritual elements highlights the interconnectedness of Buddhist and Hindu traditions.