Madhur Dhingra

Śūnyatā – The Ultimate Void

The images shown here are the first in a series of a personal journey where I seek answers to some fundamental questions about life, its meaning and purpose, and later my understanding of the nature of “reality”. This quest takes me to every nook and cranny of India to meet sadhus, monks, philosophers, scientists and charlatans.

Footage of this story was shot in different parts of Ladakh and Zanskar, including ancient Buddhist monasteries dating back over 3000 years. These monasteries are located in the most remote regions of the Indian Himalayas.

I am an abstract street photographer, passionate about photographing random events and unfamiliar faces in the streets. Photography comes to me like the fulfillment of a void that has eaten away at me since my childhood. You will find this void reflected in most of my images and style. The isolation resulting from the pandemic made me rigorously search for a style that I could call entirely my own. My current work is the result of this very research. Many international magazines and galleries have published and exhibited my recent works.

Constant interaction with brilliant Vedic and Buddhist scholars and philosophers made me realize that the concept of a “Creator God” offered by organized religion is childish. He failed to fully comprehend this all-pervading, unconditioned, non-dual, eternal force. God is not a glorified being sitting somewhere in the universe, directing the lives of his people or attending to the minute details of their daily operations. We must understand that the “Universal Mind” does not exist separately in the universe but in it and as it.

The universe was not arbitrarily created by outside intervention, but was born of itself and governed by the eternal law of cause and effect or karma. The impressions of all objects in the universe sleep in the inner depths of the Universal Mind, until they become active through the work of Karma. They are then projected into our familiar spatio-temporal dimension which we call the material world. The universe is not only self-active but also self-determined.

Madhur Dhingra

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