The Circle of Life by Farhad Sadykhov

In Sanskrit, the word 'mandala' translates to "circle," "ring," or "completion." A mandala's pattern symbolizes the interconnectedness of all life processes. It is an ornament with intricate geometric symmetry, where all parts are arranged perfectly symmetrically to one another.

In many religious traditions, mandalas serve as symbols of spiritual growth and the path to enlightenment. They can act as meditative focal points, a gateway to perception, aiding in the development of consciousness and inner peace.

Each piece carries its own aroma, is accompanied by a musical scale, and emits its own vibrational wave. Just like the mandala symbol itself, its contemplation and creation can be considered a healing practice.

Through the crystalline forms of the Sun within the mandalas of the Circle of Life exhibition, we recreate a fractal model of the Universe. By being a part of it, individuals recall and recognize their connection and unity with the entire cosmos.

The mandala, as an archetypal element, is utilized across various world cultures. For instance, in Hinduism, mandalas are employed in religious and ritual practices, often representing deities such as Ganesha or Shiva, and adorning altars. An example is the Sri Yantra mandala, symbolizing the male and female principles and the image of completeness and wholeness.

In Buddhism, mandalas are frequently used for meditation and visualization, symbolizing the circle of life and death. The Kalachakra mandala represents a worldview suggesting that humans and the world are connected, mirroring the macrocosm and microcosm, and that by altering one's existence, one can change the energy relationships within the Universe.

In Russia, there were the so-called "naus" – woven thread ornaments and talismans for assistance and protection in various endeavors. Magical solar symbols were embroidered on the clothing of women, children, warriors, and hunters.

Among some Native American tribes, mandalas are crafted from natural materials like sand or stones and are used in rituals and ceremonies. They can symbolize a connection to nature and the spiritual realms.

Tibetan monks create intricate sand mandalas depicting deities and cosmic structures. These mandalas are then destroyed as a symbol of the impermanence of the world.

In Azerbaijan, a similar tradition is called "shebeke" – ornamental stained glass windows in temples. The architects who created them would begin work only after performing special rituals and reciting prayers.

In Christianity, mandalas may be used in stained glass windows of cathedrals and in labyrinth designs on the floor. They represent symbols of faith and the spiritual path, such as the cross or the rose window.

In summary, mandalas can be divided into two main types: ritual and personal.

Art and Psychology: In contemporary art and psychology, mandalas are utilized as tools for self-expression and therapy. People create and color mandalas to achieve relaxation and inner harmony.

Nine Senses Art Center is a place for creativity and self-development that embraces the traditions of many cultures and teachings. It expands horizons, consciousness, and physical experience. It serves as a retreat center, a space for creative self-expression, and a space for the body, mind, and spirit.

Therefore, the Circle of Life exhibition serves as the inaugural event and cornerstone for the upcoming Nine Senses Fest international festival in Baku, scheduled for October 6-8. The art center will be a meeting place for sharing experiences and conducting physical and spiritual practices among international and Azerbaijani experts.

Farhad Sadykhov:
Born in 1973 in Baku.
Active member of the Moscow Artists Association.
Holds a third-degree REIKI qualification (Japanese healing system).
Specialist in the technique of Tibetan energy massage, DZEN.
In 1997, he was awarded the title of PARAPSYCHOLOGIST, with permission to practice both within the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and beyond.
In 1997, he graduated from Western University, specializing in business administration.
1998 – Personal exhibition of cosmographic miniatures.
In 2003, the artist was included in the official catalog "Golden Youth of Azerbaijan," published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In 2002, a cultural project called "Spirit of Fire" took place at the Baku branch of the London gallery, opened by Tair Salahov. An essay about the artist was written by him.
In 2004, he presented the book "Other Times."
2004 – Exhibition of cosmographic miniatures.
Since 2004, his life and creative activity have been centered in Moscow, where he has focused on astropsychology, mandala art therapy, and the use of Tibetan mantras and singing bowls in human recovery. He has developed a new direction in contemporary art called "Ruhistan."
2014 – Exhibition "Mandalas: Songs of the Sun," Moscow.
2018 – Scientific article "Mandalas - Gifts of the Sun" in the journal "Science and Religion."
Author of the fundamental metaphysical work "Krima - Sacred Fire" as part of the Yoga of Eternity project.