This animated short is a bit of a mind-bender — but a tranquil, meditative one. It’s absolutely mesmerizing, Aum-like presence wanders through a labyrinth of fantastical illustrations bedded with sitar- and flute-playing and fused with narrated passages of ancient Vedantic wisdom such as this opening:

“Truly. You are the unchanging essence of everything. You are the unmoving unity. You are boundless freedom.”

Avadhuta is a Sanskrit term that refers to a type of mystic who has surpassed his ego and is pure consciousness in human form. As such, he has little regard for social norms and etiquette, and “roams free like a child upon the face of the Earth.” And this film tries to capture that quality of not being of this world while living in it.

The movie is based on single piece of artwork, a 20-foot-long illustration that was hand-drawn over a year’s time. The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are “its backbone” and are connected with complex mazes. In the interstitial spaces, portraits of all types of characters and phrases and symbols like the all-seeing eye or the star of David.

This video, according to its creator, is “a creative attempt to synthesize the manifold patterns of mankind to the unified vision of emptiness as our real nature.” I’m not sure what it all means, but I find it a liberating ten minutes for interior contemplation and a beautiful object to observe.

Now if I could only find the source document illustration in high-res! And, if anybody would shed some more light on this topic, I’m all eyes and ears.


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This is beautiful and thought provoking - I hope it stirs up a dynamic conversation here! It was so timely for me to see, so perfect in this moment, thank you.

Remarkable, thank you for sharing this with us.

Yes, thank you. A great find. I believe (though not my area of expertise) all the words come from the Avadhuta Gita, attributed to Dattatreya, full text here.

Thanks for the link. I saw the name Dattatreya but know little about the person. Time to leaf through some reference texts.

Thanks for the link. I'm finding this text to be a welcome antidote for the seemingly extraordinary insanity level of the maya we're living in these days.

When I Googled some of the phrases in this I found them in DATTATREYA: SONG OF THE AVADHUT An English Translation Of The Avadhut Gita (With Sanskrit Transliteration)
—A Classics of Mystical Literature book— by Swami Abhayananda. The original is said to be from the 9th or 10th century. I know I have heard this reader's voice before; in a meditation I heard in a yoga class.

I think the voice is that of Shri H.W.L. Poonja, the Beloved Sat Guru Papaji

This lovely journey through these spiritual teachings like affirmations about unity and detachment cannot help but remind me of the Writings of Baha'u'llah when he wrote to a Sufi mystic from "The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys" which delineates the stages of the progress of the soul toward the object of its being-briefly here-Search, Love, Knowledge, Unity, Contentment, Wonderment, and True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness. From the "Hidden Words" Baha'ullah also writes-
"O Children of Men! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent upon you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet and eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory."

I LOVED this...BLEW my mind...a JOY to watch AND listen to. I'm not, necessarily a fan of all things Sanskrit BUT I found the animation, visuals and experience very worthwhile...for me it was like an open-eyes meditation...beaUtifUL! I loved it so much I posted it on my Facebook page. Thanks, Trent...Brice Howe, CLC

Thanks Brice. I passed right over it about a week ago but, for some reason, revisited the video and found myself enchanted with the artwork and tone.

It is true. I did TM, Just told me twice a day for awhile. Got sick learned Ayurveda, had experiences read every spiritual book I could find, and there are a lot. Traveled to sit with teachers, they were inspiring and experiences arose.

One day sitting the mantra disappeared and the night sky appeared stars, for 27 breaths although no breath......

No nose, no ears, no eyes, no no no no neti neti neti .

emptiness in buddhist teachings shunyata.

big mind with current roshi

inner space or the void

It is true.

Spiritual kitsch with beautiful music.

That was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. It read my mind exactly, without actually trying to. I guess what really happened is that it got me to read my mind, for the first time in a long, long time.

Can anyone find the music, the DVD, in the background? ..I would love to buy it if I could find it! Sometimes I go to India, so could possibly find it in the future or ask friends there to find it for me. The video does not give a citation or credit for the music, which it needs.