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: