1984, 48 x 36 in. oil on linen
Praying is a portrait revealing a sun in the heart and mind. From the inner light in the center of brain, a halo emanates and surrounds the head. The halo is inscribed with signs of contemplation from six different paths: The symbols of Yin and Yang from Taoism; a description of the magnitude of Brahman from Hinduism; the watchword of the Jewish faith, “Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”; the Tibetan Buddhist mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum,” a prayer for the unfolding of the mind of enlightenment; Christ’s words of the “Lord’s Prayer” in Latin; and a description of Allah along with the Islamic prayer, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.” Praying presents the spiritual core of light which transcends, unites, and manifests in the various religious paths.