Yoga: The Art of Transformation
Jainism has employed the word “yoga” for more than two millennia and has been in constant dialogue with yoga as a spiritual discipline.Its greatest teachers are known as Jinas (victors), humans who conquered the difficulties inherent in the cycle of rebirth and ascended to an eternal abode of blissful consciousness. Perfectly still yet completely alert, this luminous Jina meditates in lotus posture (padmasana) with each foot folded onto the opposite thigh. The warmly radiant marble evokes the luminosity that imbues the realized body of a Jina; its whiteness signifies a soul unfettered by karma.
India, Rajasthan, probably vicinity of Mount Abu
1160 (Samvat 1217)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 2000.98
As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features
to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes