Sneak peak at some of Bhagat’s upcoming Sikh, Punjabi and Hindu paintings. The final painting may or may not resemble these works.
Adi Guru – Guru Nanak Dev ji
Your ability to withdraw your Five Senses from the world is your Workshop. Your Patience makes you a Goldsmith. Your Intelligence is your Anvil. Following the Vedas and other spiritual texts is your Hammer. Blow through the Pipe the Fear of God, and increase the heat of the Body. In your container of Love, pour in the molten gold that is Attention to the Present Moment, and mint the Gold coins of your Guru’s teachings. Those who are looked upon kindly by their Guru, they find out how to do this method. And when they apply the method, they are liberated.
Guru Arjun Dev ji – Spiritual Blossoming
This painting naturally came out as a result of reading Guru Arjun Dev ji’s bani and feeling the emotions expressed therein. I was moved to tears by it so that’s why I had to create this painting of Guru Sahib.
Narasimha Liberates Bhagat Prahlada
Narsingh was so frightening that the young Prahlaad could not face him and look at him. Prahlaad however recognized that it was God who had come in such a terrifying form. His love for God, his bhagati overpowered his fear, and he begged Narsingh to show him his original form.
Hari Vishnu ji
In Vaishnavism, Vishnu ji is Akal Purakh, one who exists outside of time and space. He is Rama, residing everywhere, he is thousand-eyed without eyes and thousand-bodied without body, and with this leela/play he entrances everyone. Here, Vishnu ji is painted similar to Krishna, as the alpha male, the lover and caretaker of his soulmates. Being abundant, he is royally bearded, seated on his throne, with beautiful crown and jewellery.
Pita Kalu ji Holding Baby Nanak
Pita Mehta Kalu ji looks at newly born Baby Nanak’s face, in a peaceful and serene trance state, holding him in his hands for the first time. In this painting, I wanted to paint a portrait of Mehta Kalu ji, keeping the main focus on Pita ji, while also showing the light of Guru Nanak Dev ji and his divine arrival on earth.
Golden Temple – Meditations under the Moonlight
Bhagat’s spiritual painting depicts the radiant Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, under the bright full moon and cool night sky. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the impatient crowd, there is one sikh who sits apart, in eternal patience. The people are giving importance to getting into the temple, whereas this man gives importance to what the temple stands for.
Akali Phula Singh ji
Akali Phula Singh was employed by Ranjit Singh after his attack on Thomas Metcalfe’s escort at Amritsar in 1809. He commanded a force called Changari, “Sparks”. Akalis were known for speaking their minds and their daredevil courage. They were strictly against the European training of Ranjit Singh’s regular army (they even disapproved of his tolerance of the British), and insisted on pursuing traditional Sikh tactics.
Hari Singh ji Nalwa
Hari Singh Nalwa was great general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s kingdom. At a young age, while on a hunting trip, he was attacked by a tiger. With his bare hands, he pushed back the tiger, drew his sword and decapitated the beast. He was known for his excellent swordsmanship and chivalry.