A Mandala Merge: Mirroring the Future

In late 1981 I was 27, had been doing the TM-Siddhis since 1980, and had moved from Santa Barbara to Washington, DC, to jump-start my career. I was reading the Bhagavad Gita (again), and would sometimes draw mandalas freehand with colored pencils. I saved a couple of them.

Fast forward to last year (2021), continuing to decorate the home with spiritually-oriented art, I found a wooden, laser-cut mandala for sale on-line, bought it and displayed it.

Then last week, a friend inquired whether or not I had an altar at home. One thing led to another, and I began going around the house, taking pictures of devotional objects, including the two mandalas featured in this post – one from 1981, and the one from 2021. They looked so alike, I wondered what they would look like superimposed on each other.

Oddly enough, the size of each as photographed was close to identical, so I didn’t do any resizing to merge them. I simply made the colored one 50% transparent and slid it over the wooden one, aligning their centers. Then I deleted the backgrounds, and added a new one and some line frames.

Remarkable at how similar the two are, 40 years apart. Please enjoy these two pictures – First, the mandalas side by side, followed by the two of them merged:

Published by Jim Flanegin

it shows up in the pictures...I am a US citizen (born in California), though spent my childhood through high school living primarily in SE Asia, giving me a deep view of both East and West.

4 thoughts on “A Mandala Merge: Mirroring the Future

  1. Wow! Very beautiful Jim!

    Sending love from an RV park on the beach 30 miles south of Santa Barbara (funnily enough).


    Judy Raymond Associate Broker Jackson Hole Sotheby’s 307-413-3108 jraymond108@gmail.com

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Great! I used to enjoy seeing the Channel Islands on clear days – lived on “the riviera” in a group mansion first, then moved to a place on the mesa above the community college. used to do siddhis in a room above a mexican seafood place on the ocean on Cabrillo Blvd. Good memories!


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