In 1984, on a visit to New York, Davie passed by a gallery specialising in Indian art and was struck by a Jain image on display in the window. He had not previously seen such work but was immediately impressed. He acquired a book on Jain cosmology and subsequently incorporated some of the motifs into his paintings, including this work. Some of the quotations in the present work are very direct. There are five works in the 'Meditations on Jain Cosmology' series, all of them oil paintings, and all of them dating from autumn 1984.