Colours….

Colours of the rainbow, colours of the wind. One of the vivid memories of my holiday is the  abundance of colours in India. “Colour” is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, etc. Colour derives from the spectrum of light interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Colour categories and physical specifications of colour are also associated with objects or materials based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra.

The science of colour is called chromatics or colour science. Colours give meaning, red unmistakably associated with warm, and blue for example with cool or cold, green with pure and nature. Colours play an important part in how we perceive and interact with the world.

In hinduism colours play a very important role and have deep significance. The Hindu meaning of the different colours:

Red: sensuality and purity

Saffron: the most sacred colour for the hindu. It represents fire, and as impurities are burnt by fire, this symbolises purity.

Green: life and happiness

Yellow: knowledge and learning

White: is a mixture of colours, it therefore represents a bit of everything: purity, cleanliness, peace and knowledge. white is also the colour of mourning.

Blue: nature: sky, river, lake, ocean. the deity who has the quality of bravery, manliness, determination, ability to deal with difficult situations, stable mind and depth of character is pictured blue.

The abundance of colours in daily life deepens the experience.

 

 

 

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