In my childhood I had heard my grandma say that there are four stages in one\u2019s life\na. The Stage of Bacherlorhood \u2013 a life of study, a life of skill building\nb. The Stage of a Householder \u2013 that entails marriage & children, and the discharging of one;s duties as the prime members of the family, looking after the elder and the younger generation\nc. The Stage of Retirement \u2013 in which one ceases active participation on the main-stage and begins to occupy the fringes\nd. The Stage of Renunciation \u2013 in which one pursues spirituality.\nThe date of onset of the next stage varies from one individual to the next depending on contextual differences. But if one bears this general rule is mind then it results in a harmonious life especially when multi-generational families live under one roof.\n***\nIn my particular case, I have recently become more and more interested in old paintings that have a spiritual / religious significance.\nWhen I was thinking about this new-found love, I could not help but wonder whether this is the precursor to the onset of the spiritual stage!\nThai religious paintings, Yao religious paintings, Myanmar scrolls, Jain paintings, Vellum Torah, Sanskrit & Prakrit manuscripts, Islamic prayer books\u00a0 \u2026 are all so appealing to me.\n\nSanskrit Hindu Manuscript\n\n\nYao religious paintings\n\n\nPaubji Folk God Painting\n\n\nBuddhist Thangka Painting on Yak Shoulder Bone\n\n\nTorah on Vellum\n\n\nThai Religious Painting\n\n\nIslamic Prayer Book\n\n\nMyanmar Scroll\n\n\nMataji ni Pachedi of the Vaghri people\n\n\nMongolian Burhany Zurag\n\n\nJain Kalpasutra folio\n\n\nJagannath Puri Patta\n\nFor now, it is the art of the spiritual explorations that is appealing to me.\nMaybe that is the first step.\nMaybe that will lead to others or maybe the art will be the only step! Who knows!\nThe best thing about the future is that it is unknown. [Life would be so boring otherwise!]\nWhatever the route might be in the future, in the present moment there is immense pleasure in being surrounded by the art of spirituality.\njm April 2015\nCLICK TO VISIT WOVENSOULS.COM\n\n.\nThe post The Art of Spirituality appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.