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Lila or Leela — लीला — This Sanskrit word has the meaning of play, amusement or sport. It can refer to the concept that the cosmos is the outcome of the creative play of the divine; and to the idea that our own creativity is an extension of that divine activity. How often do we try to give ourselves permission to be creative by saying, “I’m just playing.” Indeed! That is the highest activity. Here the Sanskrit word, lila, written in the Devanagari script is turned 90 degrees clockwise to form the shape of a bird in flight: creativity takes wing! Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

Lila or Leela — लीला — This Sanskrit word has the meaning of play, amusement or sport. It can refer to the concept that the cosmos is the outcome of the creative play of the divine; and to the idea that our own creativity is an extension of that divine activity. How often do we try to give ourselves permission to be creative by saying, “I’m just playing.” Indeed! That is the highest activity. Here the Sanskrit word, lila, written in the Devanagari script is turned 90 degrees clockwise to form the shape of a bird in flight: creativity takes wing! Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

Always, at all times, in every season — सर्वकाल — Sarvakaala — Sanskrit in Devanagari calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

Always, at all times, in every season — सर्वकाल — Sarvakaala — Sanskrit in Devanagari calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

NATARAJA — नटराज — Closing out the year with my calligraphic interpretation of Nataraja, the “Lord of the Dance”, the cosmic Shiva dance of creation and destruction and keeping the time beat of the universe. Sanskrit calligraphy in Devanagari script on rice paper mounted on wood panel, by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

NATARAJA — नटराज — Closing out the year with my calligraphic interpretation of Nataraja, the “Lord of the Dance”, the cosmic Shiva dance of creation and destruction and keeping the time beat of the universe. Sanskrit calligraphy in Devanagari script on rice paper mounted on wood panel, by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

Tattoo design in Devanagari script: समाधान — samaadhaana. Although there are many meanings of this word in both Sanskrit and Hindi, in this case samaadhaana references the state of profound absorption or contemplation. Sanskrit calligraphy by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.com

Tattoo design in Devanagari script: समाधान — samaadhaana. Although there are many meanings of this word in both Sanskrit and Hindi, in this case samaadhaana references the state of profound absorption or contemplation. Sanskrit calligraphy by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.comRead More

“I don’t know where I end and you begin” after Rumi. Translated into Tibetan. The calligraphy is in a variant Tibetan script with the first line reading from top to bottom on the left and the second line reading from bottom to top on the right.

“I don’t know where I end and you begin” after Rumi. Translated into Tibetan. The calligraphy is in a variant Tibetan script with the first line reading from top to bottom on the left and the second line reading from bottom to top on the right.Read More

TATTOO DESIGN: “Badai” in Devanagari Script, Hindi, Sanskrit Tattoo Design in free form calligraphy style with spiral. Designed by Stewart J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

TATTOO DESIGN: “Badai” in Devanagari Script, Hindi, Sanskrit Tattoo Design in free form calligraphy style with spiral. Designed by Stewart J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

I did this Shanti butterfly design for a client this week. शान्ति Shanti (Peace) in Sanskrit. The calligraphic style lends itself well to the added curves of the butterfly wing at the left. More of my work at www.palmstone.com.

I did this Shanti butterfly design for a client this week. शान्ति Shanti (Peace) in Sanskrit. The calligraphic style lends itself well to the added curves of the butterfly wing at the left. More of my work at www.palmstone.com.Read More

Om shanti: Where there is pain Let there be grace Where there is suffering Bring serenity For those afraid Help them be brave Where there is misery Bring expectancy And surely we can change Surely we can change Something (David Crowder Band)

Om shanti:
Where there is pain
Let there be grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Help them be brave
Where there is misery
Bring expectancy
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Something
(David Crowder Band)Read More

I am very pleased to have a piece in Calligraphies in Conversation 2017 on exhibit now in San Francisco. The full exhibit can be viewed at www.calligraphies.org

I am very pleased to have a piece in Calligraphies in Conversation 2017 on exhibit now in San Francisco. The full exhibit can be viewed at www.calligraphies.orgRead More