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God of Wisdom by molee God of Wisdom by molee

This piece particularly took me a long time, because I was experiencing a bad art-block for the past 3 months. 
I am still planning on improving certain elements considering I am not 100% satisfied with this yet. 


anyways.. here's the description:


Vipratamahkavinam - the greatest sage among sages

Throughout the Vedas, Indra - the lord of gods, is praised as one foremost in wisdom and as the one highest sage.

In Rig Veda Mandala 10 Sukta 112, sloka 9 it says:

नि षु सीद गणपते गणेषु तवामाहुर्विप्रतमंकवीनाम | 
न रते तवत करियते किं चनारे महामर्कंमघवञ्चित्रमर्च ||

Lord of the hosts, sit down among us, they call thee the greatest sage among sages; without thee nothing is done in the distance; great, wondrous, Maghavan, is the hymn I sing thee.
(note: he is praised as Ganapathi - lord of hosts. )

He is again praised as the sage among sages in mandala 6, Sukta 32, sloka 3:

स वह्निभिर्र्क्वभिर्गोषु शश्वन मितज्ञुभिः पुरुक्र्त्वा जिगाय | 
पुरः पुरोहा सखिभिः सखीयन दर्ळ्हा रुरोज कविभिः कविः सन ||

Achiever of great deeds, with priests who kneel and laud him, he hath conquered in the frays for cattle,
And broken down the forts, the Fort-destroyer, a Friend with friends, a Sage among the sages.

In Mandala 6, Sukta 30, sloka 1, Sage Bharadvaja says:

Indra increased in might in display of valour; He the lord of all, the imperishable, bestows felicity to his worshipers. Indra surpasses both the worlds, a mere portion of him is equal to both heaven and earth.

In Mandala 7, Sukta 20, sloka 6, Sage Vasishta says:

He who devotes himself to the mighty Indra never falls to ruin, nor will he perish!;
The protector of sacred rites, the progeny of sacrifice, bestows prosperity on him who offers to Indra praises and prayers with sacrifice.

In Mandala 8 , Sukta 1, sloka 6, Sage Kanva says:

You are more precious Indra, than my own father, or than my unaffectionate brother; you oh giver of dwellings are equal to my mother, for you both bless me with prosperity.

In Satapatha Brahmana Kanda 6, Adhyaya 1, Brahmana 1 , it is written:

Verily, in the beginning there was here the non-existent . As to this they say, 'What was that non-existent?' The Rishis, assuredly,it is they that were the non-existent . As to this they say, 'Who were those Rishis?' The Rishis, doubtless, were the vital airs: inasmuch as before (the existence of) this universe, they, desiring it, wore themselves out (rish) with toil and austerity, therefore (they are called) Rishis.
This same vital air in the midst doubtless is Indra. He, by his power (indriya), kindled those vital airs from the midst; and inasmuch as he kindled (indh), he is the kindler (indha): the kindler indeed, him they call 'Indra' mystically , for the gods love the mystic. They (the vital airs), being kindled, created seven separate persons (purusha).

In the Tamil text Thirukural by Thirvalluvar, Indra is used as the paradigm for one who has conquered the five senses. 
Kural 25:

ஐந்தவித்தான் ஆற்றல் அகல்விசும்பு ளார்கோமான்
இந்திரனே சாலுங் கரி

Aindhaviththaan Aatral Akalvisumpu Laarkomaan
Indhirane Saalung Kari

and indirectly praised here:

பொறிவாயில் ஐந்தவித்தான் பொய்தீர் ஒழுக்க
நெறிநின்றார் நீடுவாழ் வார்

Porivaayil Aindhaviththaan Poidheer Ozhukka
Nerinindraar Neetuvaazh Vaar

Those shall long proposer who abide in the faultless way of Him who has destroyed the five desires of the senses

The "Him" here is clearly Indra, taking verse number 25 into consideration.

It is amazing to note that in whole of Thirukural, the only god ever mentioned is Indra.

as for Garuda on Indra's shoulder:

In the Vedas, Garuda is described as Indra's messenger, who brings to him the divine Soma.


Some of you folks might not be aware of the characters in this image, I would suggest that you can start from my earlier artworks where I've shared info on the gods.
but to put it shortly

Indra - the one sitting atop the mountain, is the king of gods, god of wisdom and felicity, god of war etc. basically he's multifaceted and he's akin to Zeus in Greek mythology but a lot nicer. The reason he's golden haired is because he represents the sun as well.
 
The seven men are the seven sages or the Saptarishis(sapta-seven, rishi-sage), they are godly men of wisdom who are revered even today, and many trace their lineage back to some of these sages.  Starting from right the seven sages here are : Gautama, Bharadwaja, Agastya, Vishwamitra, Atri, Vasishta, Jamadagni
Also the asterism "big dipper" is said to represent the seven sages.  


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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
I'm a little confused, is this Indra or another deity?
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molee Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Indra
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Cheers!
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COLD9HARD9TRUTH Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
I actually really like this.  It looks like something from Final Fantasy.  Like a Titan of some sort.  Good stuff!
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molee Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks: 
Speaking of Final Fantasy..  I think Indra is already there as Ramuh. 

And yeah for some odd reason spammers have become a thing here on dA. It’s very annoying. 
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COLD9HARD9TRUTH Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
Wow!  What an amazing idea!  Please tell me more and then kill yourself!
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krypticstudio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
wow man ... young AND talented, where did u learn this rendering style ... looks pretty cool 
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I learned this on my own, I've been drawing/painting since I was small. :thanks: 
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2zongraphic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
Great job! What software did you use to create this? It's amazing.
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww: I used Adobe Photoshop CC 
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SaiyanSageAshish Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful creation !
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :thanks: 
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YahannRomero Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!  Quite inspiring!  Congrats on this awesome piece.
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww: 
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Mandroz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Student General Artist
Very beautiful !! LazyIcon I wanna use - 12 
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :aww:
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kiamikadze Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
any hd version there?
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CongenialVirus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hare Krishna!
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SyfyreShadow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, that is some real detail.
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You :thanks:
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salahalbloushi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Student Artist
this is spectacular. just wow
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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salahalbloushi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Student Artist
anytime. keep up the good work 
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Fae-Ray-Anthem Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
Great work as always!
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! :thanks:
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NickProkoArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work!
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Edo555 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
Looks like Shiva.
Bu I think he must be thiner, not like well fed american;) but like Ghandi.
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Nearys Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
this is a masterpiece
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :thanks: 
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Elenluin Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2018
It's divine that's for sure :D I like the lightning playing around him too.
Can I ask what the intent behind the halo and the eagle/hawk is?
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The halo is to emphasize that he is a solar deity, and is a personification if the sun(the sun within(our sub—conscious/higher mind - which is closest to consciousness) and the sun outside). 
The eagle is Garuda that brings him Soma(the elixir of the gods). 
Garuda symbolizes thought or will, and soma is enlightenment, the reason it’s called the nectar of immortality(as an enlightened understands that this mortal body isn’t them and that they are the eternal consciousness, the eye that sees what the physical eyes show and the brain computes) . Consciousness(Prajnana/Brahma) is almighty in Hinduism, considering that all reality is dependent on a consciousness observer. The idea is that if there isn’t anyone to experience/observe the universe, does the universe exist at all? 
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Elenluin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Oh I wasn't thinking of Garuda. I'm guessing my immediate idea of Garuda is the one depicted in statues of Vishnu. 
I've heard of the connection between observation and creation before linked to Yggdrasil, as in from the top of the world tree you could observe all creation and change it how you will. Thanks for the enlightening explanation.

I see now you have a whole galley of intriguing creations. I'll have to go through it all when I've got time. It's great to have come to know your work.
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blueovercast Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this type of art. :D
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww: 
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KehXKeova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful!! :wow:
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :aww: 
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KehXKeova Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome!! :hug:
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EggmanSenpai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I dont understand why god hates me
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YoshiCrusader Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
God doesn't hate anyone.
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LulystalgiaNature Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterful piece of art! And what a great time to post it! Seriously, this is inspiring! :D
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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LaPrettySage Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely stuning!
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww: 
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UmbraeCalamitas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Professional Writer
This is phenomenal! Wow!
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