Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns… Then Just Brush Them Away!

This is an amazing story. The monks pictured below are from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India. They have launched a tour by the name “The Mystical Arts of Tibet” and are now traveling the world showing off their incredible skill at creating intricate works of art from millions of colored grains of sand.

It takes them 30 hours to complete a design as the one you will see below, but the most astonishing act follows the completion of the project. Once they are done, the monks just brush the painstakingly arranged sand away. Why they do that? Well, the monks’ message is that nothing lasts forever. (Scroll down for the fascinating video.)

1. Each of the monks’ sand-painted works begins with a drawing process. These examples were created at Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. The group of travelling monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka State, India, tour by the name of The Mystical Arts of Tibet.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. The colored sand is then poured from traditional metal funnels, called chak-purs. This technique takes a long time to perfect and the monks have to a great deal of patience.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. The monks hold the chak-purs in one hand, running the metal rod across a grated surface, which creates a vibration to make the sand flow.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. The monks use millions of colorful grains of sand only to brush them away once complete to promote the understanding nothing lasts forever.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. Monks need to learn how to breathe gently and team works because all the monks have to work together with lots mindfulness and mutual understanding.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. The group of travelling monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka State, India, tour by the name of The Mystical Arts of Tibet.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. Gala Rinpoche, a spokesperson for the Mystical Arts of Tibet, said the artwork must be swept away after completion to teach that everything comes with expiration date.

Monks Spend 30 Hours Arranging Millions Of Sand Grains In Intricate Patterns... Then Just Brush Them Away!

Source: The Daily Mail.

And now here is the promised video:

Share these monks amazingly intricate creations with your friends below — they may even take the monks’ message to heart.