Baraka by Ulises Charles Rodriguez
On display now, the exhibit, entitled “Baraka”, refers to an Islamic term that means the continuity of spiritual presence and revelation found in objects, places, animals, and people. Charles worked to capture the mystical presence, color, contrast and hidden perspectives of the City of San Francisco in his three part collection: city, children, and nature.
Charles included landscapes of human creation and creativity such as architecture and urban design that reflect the mystical and spiritual presence in life at large.
In the children’s photographs we can find the magical wonder, fearlessness, pride, energy and unconditional love expressed though play and dance. The nature photography contains mystical landscapes in short, medium and long perspectives – from the misty dance of the ocean with the mountains, to the detailed fragrance of tree’s leaves, to the mystical doors of river’s reflections.
The photographs were donated to be part of Sofia University’s permanent art collection. Says Charles, “It’s an honor to contribute to the life of Sofia’s community.”
Since 1975, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University has continued to be an international leader and pioneer, moving humanity forward in the areas of transpersonal research and transpersonal education. training clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings. The Sofia educational model offers students not only a solid intellectual foundation, but an extraordinary opportunity for deep transformational growth and personal experience of the subject matter. How does Sofia University accomplish this? The university builds upon its strong, whole-person psychological foundation to give students a greater understanding of the human condition.