Painting the Divine


The New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe has a new exhibit called “Painting the Divine” centered around a collection of Images of the Virgin Mary in the New World. The event planners of the museum asked me if they would be able to view the mural painted by Ed O’Brien in the Siri Singhasan e Khalsa Gurdwara in Espanola as part of a tour for their members. We arranged for the group, which included the Curator Josef Diaz, to have lunch at Guru Ram Das Estates at the Siri Singh Sahib’s Ranch in Espanola and to view our beautiful mural on July 31, 2014.

 At the luncheon we were able to share a delicious meal and talk with our guests about the Sikh way of life, Kundalini Yoga and the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib – Yogi Bhajan.

Everyone received a gift bag with Yogi Tea, Soothing Touch lotion and “The Laws of Life” so generously donated by Yogi Products, Soothing Touch and KRI.

The guests then went to Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Ashram to view the mural by Ed O’Brien. They were amazed by the details and history that are included in the painting and wanted much more time to study it. They listened intently about the imagery and learned about Sikh Dharma and the vision of the Lady of Guadalupe.

Here is what Nancy Benkof and Rosa Carlson, the coordinators, said after the event:

”the highlight of the meal was the chance to talk and meet and hear from members of your community. A blind spot in most minds is now enlightened and our group were touched, amazed and delighted.…”Thank you for opening up your home, your kitchen and your hearts to our group. From the notes I am already receiving, it was a most special moment for everyone.”

 The legacy that the Siri Singh Sahib Ji gave to us is so full of wonderful treasures, pearls of wisdom and unique art objects. He was able to take something ordinary and make it magnificent, as he did with his environments and as he did with us by showing how to live in the dignity, divinity and grace of Sikh Dharma.

In gratitude.

SS Gurufateh Kaur Khalsa

Manager – The Museum Project

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