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Adding Color To My Sunset Sky

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by designldg

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
(From “Stray Birds” by Rabindranath Tagore)

This parrot came at sunset nearby a window of the remains of a madrasa in the Hauz Khas complex in Delhi…

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The Absolute and The Particular

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“All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory — of the absolute and of the particular.
Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties.
The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions: and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty.”
(Charles Baudelaire – French Poet, 1821-1867)

I’ll never get tired of taking pictures of the Taj Mahal…
This is the absolute embodiment of everything on earth.

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Infinity Everywhere

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by designldg

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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…

Promise at Dawn

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by designldg

Promise at Dawn

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“Night’s darkness is the bag that bursts with the gold of the dawn.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This picture was shot early in the morning from Dashaswamedh (Main) Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) when the holy waters become gold and hold a promise at dawn…

From Within

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“Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without”.
(Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, 563-483 B.C.)

This reader was sitting at the gate of the staircase leading to the Nepali Temple at Lalita ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was enjoying the winter sun after braving the cold that people have to brave since a few nights in the Eternal city.

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Things as we are

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by designldg

Things as we are

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
(Anais Nin – French author, 1903-1977)

It was during a winter afternoon along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), a old man was sleeping enjoying the last minutes of heat before sunset, a younger one was striking a few poses as if he was ready for a fashion show, further a bird wanted to find its dinner while another was looking at all of us from the top of a flag.
Maybe nothing was really going on this way, maybe I was the only one to see all that in the composition of this scenery, as Anais Nin wrote, we see things as we are…

All That is Life

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All That is Life

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“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, andsuffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
(Jiddu Krishnamurti – Indian Theosophist Philosopher, 1895-1986)

Once I met those men at Gai ghat nearby the holy waters of the Ganges.
They were talking, laughing and enjoying the morning sun.
They didn’t have much nevertheless something in the attitude and in the state of happiness around them made me believe that they understood the whole of life referred by Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Banarsi Chicks

Posted in Hands of Grace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2010 by designldg

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.”
(Isaac Bashevis Singer – Polish-born American writer 1904-1991)

There are a few stores in the street where I live in Varanasi (Benaras) where people can buy chicks.
Each time I walk there I can hear them peeping inside their boxes.
A few days ago I took a few pictures of those baby birds and I felt happy that I am still a vegetarian…;)

Endowed with Attainments

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by designldg

Endowed with Attainments,

 

The Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava is a famous prayer that is recited by many Tibetans daily and is said to contain the most sacred and important teachings of Dzogchen:

“HUNG – ORGYEN YUL GYI NUB JANG TSAM
In the north-west of the land of Orgyen,
PEMA GESAR DONGPO LA
In the pollen heart of a lotus flower,
YATSEN CHOK GI NGÖ DRUP NYÉ
Possesssing astonishing, supreme spiritual attainments
PEMA JUNG NÉ SHYÉ SU DRAK
You are renowned as the Lotus-born,
KHOR DU KHANDRO MANGPÖ KOR
Surrounded by a retinue of many dakinis.
KHYÉ KYI JÉ SU DAK DRUP KYI
Emulating you, I practice.
CHIN GYI LAP CHIR SHEK SU SOL
PLease come forth to bestow blessings. 
GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUM”

This was shot at the upper terrace of Thiksey Gompa which is facing the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.
It was early in the morning, just after sunset, this bird was trying to find some heat and came to enjoy the first rays of light.

The Swan of my Mind

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The Swan of my Mind

 

“Oh! Hamsa! Being the auspicious vehicle of Goddess Saraswathi, you carry learning and art upon your shoulders. 
Give us that discriminating wisdom for which you are famous, such as your proverbial ability to separate the substance of milk from water”.

Swans are revered in Hinduism, and are compared to saintly persons whose chief characteristic is to be in the world without getting attached to it, just as a swan glides on water without getting its feathers wet. 
The Sanskrit word for swan is hamsa or hansa, and it is the vehicle of many deities like the goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, learning and art. 
It is mentioned several times in the Vedic literature, and persons who have attained great spiritual capabilities are sometimes called Paramahamsa (“Great Swan”) on account of their spiritual grace and ability to travel between various spiritual worlds. 
In the Vedas, swans are said to reside in the summer at the Manasarovar Lake near the Kailash Mountain and migrate to Indian lakes for the winter. In mythology, the bird is mute and believed to possess some powers such as the ability to eat pearls. 
They are also believed to be able to drink up the milk and leave the water from a saucer of milk adulterated with water.