This may not be all that relevant to the original question, but in a related topic...The Eastern Catholic Rite , Syro-Malabar of India has an icon of 'Christ the Guru
'. Sanskrit term guru
is a combination of gu
, "darkness," and ru
, "that which dispels".
It is not the most common icon among the Syro-Malabar by any means, but it is common.
This icon was written by Fr. Joy Elamkunnapuzha (a Syro-Malabar Catholic priest from the Carmelite order CMI) in 1977. There is a mosaic of this on the facade of the Chapel at Dharmaram College in Bangalore, India. Dharmaram College is a seminary of the CMI order with in the Syro-Malabar Eastern Rite.
In this icon Christ is seated in padmaasana
, the lotus posture. The hand gestures show jnaanamudra
, the sign of imparting knowledge and wisdom that dispel darkness.
The above is not a photograph of the original icon written by Fr. Joy in 1977 but rather is a photograph of an oil painting made by Mr.Manoj in 1993 based on the original icon written by Fr.Joy.