“Part of a series of ongoing work, Mantra, we explore the power of mantra and its transformative abilities.
We turned to japa (the repetition of mantra) in order to deal with the chaos of the world around at the moment.
Reciting these chants over the course of 100 days has led us safely through altered states of consciousness and these feelings of constant transformation have been documented in the form of psychedelic pictures created on a mobile phone.”
Mantra by Amicus Atman
“We are learning about the mantra, its pronunciations, meaning and the story behind it. As part of this study and ongoing practice of chanting, we have chosen to look inside oneself to cultivate strong positive energies. The repetition of the mantra in the video is meant to focus our mind while we strengthen ourselves in the face of uncertainty.
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10
The use of this mantra is believed to bring wisdom to the practitioner.”
Om Mani Padme Hum
“Encompassing entireties of Buddhist teachings, this mantra brings awareness while clearing the mind. It assists in detaching from the ego while releasing negative karmas that may be weighing us down.
Repetition of this mantra is said to purify our ego, jealousy, desires, ignorance, attachment and hatred. In doing so we are able to cultivate wisdom, compassion, patience, diligence, concentration and ultimately unity to all.”
Artwork, video and audio manipulation by Amicus Atman
Sound recorded by Ajeet Singh Sandhu
About Amicus Atman
Amicus Atman uses simple tools to create vivid imagery which is used to interpret feelings, emotions and perspectives. Leaving a background which focused on capitalistic principles Amicus decided to follow their heart in the form of expression and to focus on life itself through art.
Learning to use whatever within reach including plants, bells and paint, Amicus has also developed a range of interpretive techniques to tell stories.
Having practiced these artforms without formal qualifications, Amicus hopes to learn from those that are looked up to while adapting culture, mythology and magic in this modern world through their practice. Understandably there is a never-ending journey of things to learn and Amicus is grateful for the challenge.
Drawing from influences across the world, Amicus explores a variety of psychedelic art styles to create still and moving imagery. Amicus strongly believes in honoring the past while looking to the future for inspiration and teachings.
Image credit: Amicus Atman. Photo by Exclusive Photography. Edited by Amicus Atman.