taj = that (OM) japah = repetition tad = that (OM) artha = meaning bhavanam = reflection
This is an abstract one where the bright colours represent everyday life and the paler background represents the palatable peace you feel when chanting and meditating on OM, it also represents the fact that it is always there too.
ishvara = god pranidhana = devotion / surrender / contemplation va = also
While thinking of what to draw for this one, I was trying to explain what it means to my son Dan and said something like “When you try to work hard to reach illumination by doing good, meditating, study, etc and it doesn’t work or you just can’t work out what to do or practice, you can just leave it up to god.” He said “Why don’t you draw those?” (pointing to the yuzu on the table) and went on to explain it was because we didn’t expose them to sunlight which is what makes them turn yellow, yet they turned yellow anyway. So perhaps there is hope for all of us!
This one seems to say that if there is vigorous enthusiasm then you will get nearer to illumination. The fire is to represent vigorous enthusiasm and the people (and dog) around the fire are illuminated by it.
I drew a picture of mount Fuji to represent the feeling when you see something beautiful and it takes your breathe away and you disappear for a moment and only the beautiful view exists – maybe that’s touching the edge of merging with nature.