Abstract

Self-realization has been an age old conceptual paradigm and echoes in almost all of the major religions mystical traditions and philosophical ideas. In an attempt to integrate man with the larger reality, the paradigm endorses an uplifting of self from a personal dimension of life towards an impersonal one. Sadequain has been one of the few painters who combined the art of painting with a vision to change man. A closer analysis of his works reveals that his intent has been to induce selfrealization in the viewer. This paper explores into the theme of self-realization as used by Sadequain. It suggests that Sadequain introduced this theme in three components. The first component established a critique of morally bankrupt man, the second, provided a vision to be actualized and third defined the nature of human strength required for achieving the goal. These components are observable in his poetry and paintings and together they define the mechanism of selfrealization.