We had the good fortune of connecting with Sriram Thiruvengadam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sriram, what makes you happy? Why?
There is nothing that gives me happiness, because happiness is abundantly available within. My happiness doesn’t have any conditions, so I just live from moment to moment pouring happiness into everything that I do. It was my unlimited desires that put conditions on my happiness. So logically, if I got rid of them with a certain care and effort, I’d be left with only happiness. I didn’t need to suffer the endless cycle of thoughts, the mind always chattering about something or the other. I freed myself from the conditioning that happiness happens at a specific place and a specific time and I would have to tirelessly seek to find it. No one explicitly told me that it was Right Here and Right Now.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art and life are merely just reflections of each other. Sometimes art reflects life and other times life reflects art. When people throw themselves into an art school they assume you only have to study art to become a great artist. But art occurs as a result of life, so no matter how much you study art, you can only get so far. No one teaches you how to study life, most of us are just thrown into a new life hoping to figure it out on the way. My art can only ever reflect how to live, because I didn’t want to know how to be a great artist as much as I wanted to know how to live a good life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting the area, I wouldn’t plan a single thing. Because we both understand that us having a great time wouldn’t matter on what we do but much rather the time we spend. We would just fill a tank up with gas and allow the spontaneity of the the moment take us around LA. There is beauty in every moment and we just have to calm down and allow our selves to be sensitive to it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to the question “Who am I?”. The question used to scare me because no matter how much I tried filling it up with words or traits or memories, I would always answer around it. I would always know that whatever I answer wouldn’t ever explain what it meant to be me. If the body can be seen and if thoughts and mental objects can be seen and feelings can be felt, I didn’t know who was the one doing the seeing and feeling. I didn’t know who the seer was. I spent 2 years trying to find the answer to that question and now, its the only thing I know. Hence, I dedicate my shoutout to the question “Who am I?”