“The Multifaceted Reality” by Surbhi Pandya
Anekanta is the appreciation of the manifold attributes of a substance. Recognizing the incredibly rich and complex nature of reality, Jainism recognized the concept of “Many sidedness”. The Diamond with multiple facets denotes Anekanta. Truth is relative to the perspective from which it is known. Thus, the concept of Absolute truth (the nature of substance that comprises of different but opposite attributes) and Relative truth (description of the substance from a particular viewpoint) were formed. In the painting, brilliancy of the Diamond represents Absolute truth. Reflection of light through a particular facet signifies Relative truth.