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Being Well

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Being Well

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“Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well. ”
(Marcus Valerius Martialis- Latin poet from Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula), 40-103)

This was shot along the Ganges at Venimadhava ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) on a Sunday morning.
Those young men were having traditional ayurvedic massage from each other.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that was developed in the Indian subcontinent hundreds of years ago.
Ayurvedic massage therapy does not provide a complete therapeutic cure but it helps the organism to receive nitrient material from within the body and to expel toxins.
Certain ailments related to the muscles, ligaments and nervous system can be completely healed through good ayurvedic massage therapy, it is also an ideal remedy for pain.
The practisioner mostly works with the knowledge of the “marmas” or Indian pessure points.

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Applying Kohl

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Applying Kohl

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“The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something.”
(Gene Simmons – singer and musician, bassist/vocalist of Kiss, b.1949)

At Sri Hanumangarhi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras), this man was applying kājal (kohl) on his son’s eyes after they both had a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges.

kājal is the Hindi and Urdu word for Kohl.
This an ancient eye cosmetic was made by grinding galena (lead sulfide) and other ingredients.
It is still used in India by women, but also some men and children, to darken the eyelids as a very good coolant and as a protection against eye ailment and from the harsh rays of the sun.

Kohl contains lead and antimony that are toxic to bacteria carried by flies and contaminated water.
Applying it around the eyes provided some relief from conjunctivitis and other bacterial eye infections and keeps the eyes bright because the irritation from having soot in one’s eyes causes tearing so the eyes are kept continuously washed clean of contaminants, grit, and bacteria.
Some more scientific details suggest that it may produce beneficial effects in eyes in three different ways (Adsorptive, astringent and anti-infective) or directions because of the primary and natural properties of it’s major constituent, galena (lead sulphide).

Mothers apply kohl to their infants’ eyes soon after birth to enlarge their eyes and grant them better vision.
Some women also add a dot of kajal on the left side of the foreheads or under the right ear of babies and children, to protect them from “buri nazar”.
“Buri nazar” literally means “bad glance” and is comparable to the “evil eye”, although it can be interpreted as ill-wishes of people or even lustful eyes.

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Infinity Everywhere

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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a rivermoving in you, a joy.
When actions come from another section, the feelingdisappears.
Don’t let others lead you.
They may be blind or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope of God.
And what is that?
Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied, fish sizzle in the skillet.
The anger of police is willfulness.
You’ve seen a magistrate inflict visible punishment.
Now see the invisible.
If you could leave your selfishness, you would see how you’ve been torturing your soul.
We are born and live inside black water in a well.
How could we know what an open field of sunlight is?
Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go.
Ask the way to the spring.
Your living pieces will form a harmony.
There is a moving palace that floats in the air with balconies and clear water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet contained under a single tent.”
(“Moving Water” from “The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting” by Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi – Sufi mystic & poet, 1207-1273)

This man was swimming in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) when a seagull came down and joined this moment of infinity…

Spectrum of Colors

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Spectrum of Colors

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“Life is a specter – a spectrum of colors: changing hues from end-to-end, shifting shades at every stage.”
(Poem by Melchor (Chito) L. Aguilar from “Shifting Shades and In-between”)

This lady was enjoying a summer bath in the holy waters of the Ganges at Shitla Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was early in the morning after sunrise but anyone could already feel the heat rising up.
Her expressions were showing a wide spectrum of colours just like the sari she was wearing, all the beautiful clolors of life…

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A Restless Dream

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A Restless Dream

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“What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you? ”
(By Kahlil Gibran in “The Voice of the Poet”)

At the end of a Sunday afternoon this man was washing in the Ganges at Shitla Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Corporeal Frames

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Corporeal Frames

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“It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames…
We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us.
Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.”
(Oliver Wendell Holmes – American Physician, Poet, Writer and Professor at Harvard, 1809-1894)

A few minutes after sunrise this young man was washing in the Ganges at Shitla Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Escape Into Sleep

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Escape Into Sleep

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“Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.”
(Emile M. Cioran – French philosopher, b.1911)

This man was sleeping along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was at 6:30 in the morning when the sun was still bearable.
He was laying on the top of the stairs leading to the entrance of the palace wich stands at Chet Singh Ghat.