It is only when we understand Maya's "khel" that we can aspire
for the union of our inner force with that of the outer, which we
call Universal Truth or Para Brahman.
Whenever I look around at the plants in the pots in my balcony,
the trees in the gardens or forests and the birds in the sky, the
table I work on, the paints in the jars with which I paint, the sink
in which I wash the dishes, the clothes that I wear, even the food
that I eat, the apple that I bite, my pet dog - Fido, my relatives,
the mosquitoes that I squash as a reflex action when it descends
on me, each one has its own journey defined by its own "kriya"
or actions; thus marking its own cycle of rejuvenation.
For, I firmly believe that there is no such thing as death, only a
cycle of creation and destruction, birth and rebirth. The
"TriGuna" came about as my invocation of these basic energies
that are responsible for creation and destruction and creation yet
Am I a Myth or reality?
Today's reality is tomorrow's myth...
Tomorrow's myth is yesterday's reality...
I weave a web of illusion,
I entice, create desires...
Terrible, a destroyer, a slayer?
Of all that entangles into my web.
Licking the root of their desires,
Bestowing freedom to all who dare to play with me
I am Maya
The fire within is without
I am the creator and the destroyer
Play with me
- Seema Kohli
I believe that to explain the manifestation from one to many, of
forms, names and a calendar of time within which each was created
can be attributed to an evocation of these energies. It is my personal
belief that from the mythological form of Ardhanareshwar, when
Parvati disengaged from Shiva, Shakti gained form and started
manifesting as many.or this world.
From Shakti arose the Saptmatrikas, the Astlakshmis, the
Navdurgas, and the Dasmahavidyas. In time, the manifestations
resulted in the creation of the Chausath Yogini and the Ekyasi
Yogini, forms that continue to evolve to satisfy our needs or to
bring balance to the world. This is, of course, my personal belief,
not something you will find in a book or rendered in a
philosophy, but it appeals to me just as much as the many
versions of Shakti that exist. I share in those versions and am
For we think back through our mothers if we are women
- Virginia Woolf
These manifestations inspire me to attempt to analyze the world I see
around me, especially as a woman who must make sense, daily, of
injustices in the world. To comprehend why we continue to look away
when prejudice occurs, when sensitivities are overlooked, or when
negative forces are invoked. I want to, therefore, to look inwards to
evoke the energy that is manifest in each one of us, to apply the healing
salve of motherhood to a world that needs it. For that energy resides in
each one of us, women and men, and it is that we must manifest.
I look within the womb to discover, that which is outside. I want to
awaken my senses to experience the goddess's gift of what nature
bestows on us - not just of life but of the sun that shines and the rain that
rejuvenates, of the heat and cold and all things that bring to life that
which is around us.
I believe in that energy and it is that I present in this installations and
- Seema Kohli
(The explanation is purely the interpretation of the artist and may not
comply with the various scriptural interpretations by different authors)