“Anjana timarandhasya jnananjana saklakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai
Sri Guruve Namah”


I’m born in complete ignorance
but my spiritual teacher opened my eyes
with the ointment of the transcedental knowledge.
I bring my humble worship to him.

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An inexhaustible source of light and truth

Sitã Devi makes spiritual and devotional art, for herself and for everyone who feels charmed or interested by it. Passionately she explains how she came in contact with the divine breath through mantra- and bahkti yoga and devotional service, pranava, and how this encounter changed her life and her work. While talking about her work, she enhances her words with wide gestures, which make her bracelets jingle rhythmically.

Elisabeth Sengers, alias Sitã Devi Dasi Sengers, was born in Rotterdam in 1957, the daughter of an artist, well known for his paintings of Harborview's of the port of Rotterdam. As a young girl she assisted her father in his studio, mixing paint and cleaning brushes. Drawing, painting and design runs in the family and plays an important role in her life. “As a young girl, I dreamed of making fresco's and wall paintings of naturalistic sceneries. I wanted to study at the art academy, but the situation at home didn't allow it. So I just got going and got to work.”

“In 2004 I surprisely stumbled upon chakra yoga and mantra-singing. I was deeply touched, and it became clear to me that this was my path. Plus I realised I could combine spirituality with my artistic talents and my experience as a social worker. That's how Atelier Pranava came to be.”

Prana in Sanskrit means divine breath; the contact with the universe through breath. The divine sound va, which Sitã Devi derived from the universe, slowly gained her own personal filling in and grew to be the denominator from which all her present activities sprout, and particularly the connexion between all her separate activities. It woke her up and strengthened her confidence. Sitã Devi started to believe in her own work and her capacities as an artist, as she derived her creativity and inspiration from an inexhaustible source of light and truth. “That's how, for me, my way backwards started; the path to myself, the path to my inner source. At first I consumed spirituality to come to self-realisation. And then, with these new insights, I started to look outward. That's the path of Prana, the way of the divine breath.”

Sitã Devi became inspired by the Vedas and the Bhagavad-Gita, as she discovered how this contributed to her development as a human being and an artist. This was so nourishing for her, she started to paint devotional and spiritual paintings. Pictures thousands of years old. By drawing and painting Isvara's, divine representations of the Divine, Sitã Devi depicts how she experiences her self-realisation. “Especially my bigger paintings, which are based on Hinduism and Buddhism, show these experiences. They are purely representations of my divine experience, my divine awareness. They are my personal expression of my Isvara.”

Sita Devi is also willing to paint to order, for those who are personally touched by her work, but would prefer a different size or colouring.

Sitã Devi is more then happy to oblige to individual preferences or wishes. “That's how I incorporate someone's own experiences, if they lack the skills to do it themselves. So, if you are aware of your own Isvara, then I'd love to help and together we will explore it, discover it and visualise it. And to be honest, there's nothing I would rather do…”

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An inexhaustible source of light and truth

Sitã Devi makes spiritual and devotional art, for herself and for everyone who feels charmed or interested by it. Passionately she explains how she came in contact with de divine breath and how this changed her life and work. She enhances her words with wide gestures, which make her bracelets jingle rhythmically.

Sitã Devi manifests her divine awareness, through her work at Atelier Pranava and by doing so she gives others the possibility to become acquainted with (the discovery and development of) ones own self awareness. Atelier Pranava offers workshops spiritual and meditative painting, workshops palm leaf engraving and etching, workshops silk-painting. All workshops can be combined with the workshops mantra singing and mantra yoga.

There's more information about the workshops at Atelier Pranava and the art of Sitã Devi available at this website in Atelier Vishudi