Anushka Tikka

The Indian subcontinent is known for its spiritually rich and philosophically deep-rooted heritage. It is the birthplace of the most ancient religions existing in today’s world, including Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism. These three religions may believe in different concepts of God, scriptures and paths however the underlying commonality between them is the strong belief in the theory of reincarnation and the doctrine of Karma. Sanatana means eternal or absolute and Dharma means religion or order. Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism all believe the inherent nature of the world as we know it, as well as the nature of the soul or consciousness is eternal or permanent or absolute. It always has, is and always will be there.

The purpose of life is to free oneself from the transmigration of the soul and achieve the absolute, that is termed Nirvana (Buddhism) or Moksha (Jainism, Hinduism). Through this project I wish to celebrate unique features of these three religions that highlight the contrast between the ways of life of devotees or monks or Sadhu’s practicing their own faith. The concept of Sanatana Dharma being the thread that weaves them together despite the disparities. The rituals, temple architecture and monkhood are all different means to the shared ambition, which reflects putting an end to reincarnation.

Being born into a half Hindu and half Jain family I was always familiar with rituals and practices but I had my own set of questions about religion and regarding my own identity that helped me initiate my spiritual journey. It is my passion to incorporate this spiritual energy through my projects, including this one.



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