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Forgetfulness

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2013 by designldg

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“What is a man’s life but a prelude to his death?
And what is death but a long sleep, a most welcome forgetfulness.”
(From “Ophelia” by Lisa M. Klein)

This young man was not dying like Shakespeare’s Ophelia, he was simply doing yoga in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) and was floating as quiet and still as possible for deep relaxation.
This picture was shot early in the morning at Scindia ghat.

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Unfolding Wings

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“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall”
(Ray Bradbury – American writer, b.1920)

This man was wrapping his boby with a piece of fabric after taking a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges at Scindia ghat in Vanranasi (Benaras).

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Rummaged Souls

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“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed.”
(From “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy)

Those men are ship carpenters working all day along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

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A Certain Instinct

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“There is in the human body a certain instinct for what is beneficial to us, as there is in the heart for what is our moral duty, an instinct which no authorisation by a doctor of medecine or divinity can replace.
We know that cold baths are bad for us, but we like them: we can always find a doctor to recommend them, not to prevent them from doing us harm.”
(from “The Captive” by Marcel Proust – French novelist, 1871-1922)

This man was stepping into the cold holy waters of the Ganges at Lal ghat in Varanasi (Benaras)…
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“Il y a dans notre corps un certain instinct de ce qui nous est salutaire, comme dans le cœur de ce qui est le devoir moral, et qu’aucune autorisation du docteur en médecine ou en théologie ne peut suppléer.
Nous savons que les bains froids nous font mal, nous les aimons, nous trouverons toujours un médecin pour nous les conseiller, non pour empêcher qu’ils ne nous fassent mal.”
(“La Prisonnière” de Marcel Proust – Ecrivain français 1871-1922)

Cet homme pénétrait dans les eaux glacées et sacrées du Ganges en bas de Lal ghat à Benares…
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What You Seek

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What You Seek

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“The place you seek, is seeking you.
The place you need, needs you.
Divine Principle brings need and supply together for mutual good.
God wisely, and intelligently, and lovingly controls, guides, protects, prospers, and blesses this union of His idea (man) and this normal joyous activity (work).”
(Mary Baker Eddy – American author and founder of Christian Science, 1821-1910)

This man took a bath at Tulsi ghat among the milkmen who often come there to wash their metal jugs in the holy waters of the Ganges.
According the Vedas this place is the navel of the universe.
Benaras is so special to many of us, what you seek there is also what is seeking you…
“What you seek is seeking you.” (Rumi – Persian Poet, 1207-1273)

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Reflections

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“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.”
(William Makepeace Thackeray – Indian born English Author and Novelist of ‘Vanity Fair’, 1811-1863)

As I was leaving the workshop of some weavers with whom I am working in Pili Kothi, an area of Varanasi (Benaras), I saw this young man who had an haircut in the street.
He was looking in the mirror and gave me a side glance in order to know if the work was well done.
I guess he must have felt much more reassured when he saw me taking a few pictures…

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A Hundred Voices

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A Hundred Voices

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“Silence is the root of everything.
If you spiral into it’s void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.”
(Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi – Sufi mystic & poet, 1207-1273)

On the Agra-Delhi highway, near Vrindavan, I saw this lady standing in a truck.
A few minutes earlier we met at a gaz station, she was among a group of villagers and we were all pouring water from a fontain in order to refresh as the heat was becoming unbearable.
We did’t share a word but everyone allowed me to take several pictures.
They were happy.
When I saw her in the back of the truck I could almost listen to those “hundred voices” coming from the silence of her eyes…

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