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Dayatas – 108 paintings for developing the divine origins in


For a long time it has been know that colors have an effect 
on people: some bring joy, some sadness, some excite, some relax. Similarly geometrical shapes have 
also been known to possess these effects. Their viewing can bring tranquility or anxiety, a feeling 
of satisfaction or a state of worrying etc. And without a doubt there is no denying the effects of
sound as it has been said – "… first there was a word…"
   Because of the knowledge of these aspects of human nature special paintings, called Dayatas came 
to exist, which were used to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual states of a person. Their
number was always strictly limited and always equaled 108. They were paintings of geometrical shapes 
of different colors. In addition special mantras would be written on the front and the back of each 
painting. These mantras had to be pronounced while viewing the paintings in order to magnify their
   The secret of creating Dayatas was closely guarded and revealed only to enlighten Students by 
liberated Teachers, which is the case with many things in Yoga. The origin of each painting was the 
subject of legends that helped to better understand their hidden meanings.
  Every 150 to 200 years Dayatas would appear to a Teacher unchanged in their essence and their 
appearance, which was created using special techniques and practices.
   Access to viewing Dayatas was limited but partial information about Dayatas would reach wider
population in a form of yantras - images that represent portions of Dayatas and unlike the originals
did not possess the effects of a complete painting.
   Who knows how long this would have continued if it wasn’t for the permission of Shiva, the Teacher
of all Teachers, that the opportunity arose to put an end to the principle: “Dayatas – for the 
chosen, yantras – for everyone!” Between 1981 and 1989 during yogic practice I was shown and received
an explanation about all 108 Dayatas with the intention of their next creation. After this I drew 
their sketches and described the rules of creating the shapes, color combinations, and the individual
mantras for each painting. 
   The actual creation of each painting was delegated to my follower – Zabgaev A. V. as one of the
most gifted yoga students. He successfully completed the task.
   For many long years the paintings were used exclusively among my students in order to receive the
desired effects.  
   The permission to make Dayatas accessible to the public was received in 2002 after which the first
24 paintings were exhibited for public viewing between 02.19.2002 and 03.19.2002 at the Odessa museum
of Eastern and Western arts.
   Between 09/17/2002 and 10/06/2002 a second exhibition was held at the same location, at which time
36 paintings were presented.
   The third showing took place between 07.20.2003 and 08.03.2003 at the Odessa museum of Literature
where 40 paintings were exhibited. 
   With the goal of spreading the knowledge and in order to help larger groups of people a decision 
has been made to make Dayatas available for purchase to anyone anywhere in the world. Information
about the main effects of Dayatas and rules of their usage that could be made public has been made
available at along with the reproductions of the exhibited paintings. 
    Recommendations for the individuals who came to the exhibition in order to benefit from the 
healing and other effects provided by Dayatas. 
    Take the following steps: 
    1. Briefly glance over all the paintings exhibited without going into too much detail.
    2. Choose one of the paintings that you liked the most, stand in front of it approximately 3.5 to
5 feet away, take seven regular, relaxed breaths while looking at the center of the painting, after 
this close your eyes and take another seven breaths without straining while trying to recall the 
selected painting. Repeat this simple exercise 2 more times. Even this would be enough to receive
the necessary benefits from the practice!!!
    3. Now come closer to the painting and read the displayed information about it. The information
shows the following: Concepts that become clearer and which are divided into two levels:

    Level 1 - three words the meaning of which You should think about in the near future in order for
Your Soul not to loose compassion, for the life to have a meaning, and to not loose the pure and
divine in You that is given to all of us from birth. 

    Level 2 - seven words whose meanings you should think about in order for your mind not to become
senseless, egotistical, self-centered.And finally the healing effect shows the list of illnesses on
which viewing the selected Dayata has been noted to have a positive effect most often.
    4. Repeat step 2 but this time while your eyes are closed in your mind say any one of the words 
read on the painting. Try to come up with your own understanding and definition of the word.
    5. This is enough for the first time. Take a more detailed look around the exhibition. Try to
pay more attention to the paintings, try to memorize them.
    6. Leave the exhibition… Come back the next day if you can and continue working with Dayatas.
Recommendations for individuals who purchased Dayatas
The rules of viewing Dayatas: 
1. Lighting – preferred source of light is from the lower left or the lower right corner of the
painting, two candles located a half the diagonal of the picture away.
    2. The number of viewers – no more then four at the same time (with - the fewer the better 
understanding in mind).
    3. Viewing distance – minimum – 3. 5 feet, maximum – five diagonals of the picture, optimal -
three diagonals of the picture away.
    4. Direction of the look – upward.
    5. Mantra reading order – first pronounce the mantra written on the front of the painting, after
a minute pronounce the one written on the reverse side.
    Only if the rules described above are followed will the desired effect be achieved, whether it is
a therapeutic effect for health purposes or a meditative one for the self-development purposes.
        With respect yours truly, S. N. Gromov.