A heart full of gratitude to Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana (GGNKC) for featuring my painting “Omnipresence” on their front cover. The article, written in eloquent Punjabi by Dr. Tejinder Kaur of GGNKC, can be found on pages 6-8 of the magazine linked here.
The gist of this has been translated in English below:
‘Art ’is an immense, all embracing broad concept which is extremely difficult to express in words. Perhaps that is why even though there are many definitions of art it has still not been determined what it really constitutes. It is that part of human culture which requires persistence and commitment to make it praiseworthy. It is in this context that we will present to our readers the life and work of Dr. Juss Kaur, a very talented and accomplished artist who intertwines words and colors onto her canvas. Along with being an artist she is also an author, a teacher, and an international education consultant.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Juss Kaur first moved to the United Kingdom when she was 13 years old, and then to Canada where she completed her higher education at Concordia and McGill University. It was during this time that she first discovered her passion for art, which was fully realized when she went to Oxford University much later in life to get her doctorate in Education.
The drop is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the drop. Who understands, and knows this?Guru Granth Sahib, 878
The unique feature of Dr. Juss Kaur’s work is that each of her meditative paintings is imbued with thousands of miniscule handwritten mantra – Waheguru. Every painting, whether it is of nature or any part of it, animals, flowers, trees, water or human form has the word Waheguru written in every part of it. This vibrant and thought-provoking Mantra Art harnesses the power of creativity to encourage a personal inner journey towards understanding one’s own divine nature. Inspired by the Sikh concept of Oneness, Mantra Art presents a universal approach to a life that is mindful of the Divine presence in everything and everyone. This is an exclusive way of showing Divine Omnipresence. Her book The Mantra Art: The Journey Within urges and inspires all to look within and recognize all Creation as One. All proceeds from the sales of her book and paintings are donated to Khalsa Aid, an international NGO with the aim to provide humanitarian aid to all.
We applaud Dr. Juss Kaur’s efforts to support humanity and pray that she continues to produce awe-inspiring spiritual paintings with her hands. Furthermore, may they continue to adorn our hearts and homes. We are honored to feature one of her paintings as the title page for the Parvas Magazine. (July-Sept 2020 Issue).
Dr. Tejinder Kaur
GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana. Punjab