Artist to Re-create Destroyed Buddhas
AP: Artist to re-create destroyed Buddhas
Posted 8/8/2005 6:25 PM
By Solvej Schou, Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley's soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures. Now, artist Hiro Yamagata plans to commemorate the towering Buddhas by projecting multicolored laser images onto the clay cliffsides where the figures once stood.
So Krsna has given us the facility to worship Him in the way as we can understand. It is not that Krsna.... Krsna is stone, because Krsna says bhumir apo 'nalo vayuh. He can take service from this, any form. There are eight kinds of forms. Either you paint, either you make a form from wood, from stone, from jewels, and according to Vedic system there are so many different types of Deities.
Bhagavad-gita 9.4 -- Calcutta, March 9, 1972 (new98)
Regarding your questions about the difference between the picture of Krsna and the Deity, Krsna is equally there in both these forms. Krsna is so kind that he agrees to appear, for the benefit of the conditioned soul, in eight different kinds of forms. Such form is called arca or the form of the Lord manifested through material agency as metal, earth, wood, painting, stone, jewel, drawing, and mind.
Letter to: Linda -- Los Angeles 19 February, 1970