In the city of Darshana
There is a secret dwelling
Called The Lotus of the Heart
Within this dwelling is a space
And within this space
Lies the fulfillment of all your desires

'Darshana' is a Sanskrit term dating from around 3,000 BC, but with origins that extend well beyond the birth of written language in any phonetic form. It can be translated as 'seeing' in a holistic sense rather than 'looking' in a conventional sense.

Holistic seeing bypasses the selective filters that screen the billions of stimuli that continuously bombard our pre-conscious mind, resulting in relatively crude biochemical classifications of essentially dualistic value.

This comparatively primitive discrimination based on hierarchies of contrast determines whether a pattern of impulses is permitted to attain top-level conscious awareness or not. Such mechanisms are largely responsible for the construction of our habitual 'picture' of reality.

Throughout the history of humanity - largely in the domain of wisdom traditions and artistic movements, although nowadays also as a matter of empirical scientific investigation - countless belief systems have emerged with the purpose of consciously developing sensitivity not only to the presence of, but more tellingly to the volitional consequences of cultivating awareness about such infinitesimal events. Curiously, the characteristics of this penetrating capability may have humble parallels in day to day life with what we ordinarily take to be an unexceptional embodied intelligence: ‘gut-feeling’.

Considered the Art of making direct eye-contact with the Divine, Darshana can also mean 'seeing' in a synaesthetic sense. Darshana Art explores the paradox of impermanence and immanence in the unrepeatable configuration of each moment. It manifests spontaneously during mindful perception that is free from discursive elaboration.

Not equal to
Not metaphor
Not standing for
Not sign
(Minor White)