A commonly used metaphor in Vedanta to illustrate the relation of the individual soul to the cosmic oneness is that of a mirror reflecting the sky. While the image in the mirror seems distinct from the sky, in reality it has no independent existence. Moving the mirror changes which part of the sky is reflected in it, but this change is an illusion – the sky remains undivided. The figure’s head is a mirror reflecting the moon, which here symbolizes the ultimate reality and oneness.
Anirudh has a PhD in Mathematics (2014-2018) and a MSc. Gravity, Particles and Fields (2012-2015) from the University of Nottingham. While there, he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence and the Developing Solutions Scholarship. He has been featured in the New Journal of Physics for two consecutive years, 2016-2017. He has earlier worked with APL Global, a Cambridge board school in Chennai to develop, design and formulate science projects that encourage semi-independent investigations by school children. His surreal work in the digital medium is about an internal environment and personal discovery, which is heavily influenced by his interest in Indian philosophy, and elements of home – the moon often symbolizing this influence. He currently lives and works in Chennai.