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“A Lamp Placed in Darkness”

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by designldg

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“Thomas was a lamp placed in darkness to illuminate the earth filled with the smoke of false sacrifices.
It was to a land of dark people he was sent, to clothe them by Baptism in white robes.
His grateful dawn dispelled India’s painful darkness.
He, one of the Twelve, like a great lamp with oil from the Cross replenished, flooded India’s dark night with light.It was his mission to espouse India to the One-Begotten…
Edessa thus became the blessed city by possessing the greatest pearl India could yield.
Thomas works miracles in India, and at Edessa Thomas is destined to baptize peoples perverse and steeped in darkness, and that in the land of India.”
(From the “Hymns of Saint Ephraem (Ephrem) the Syrian, on Apostle Thomas and India” – Ephr. Hymni et Sermones, IV)

Christianity is India’s third-largest religion, with approximately 24 million followers, constituting 2.3% of India’s population.
The works of scholars and Eastern Christian writings state that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle, who visited Muziris (Kodungallur ) in Kerala in 52 CE to proselytize amongst Kerala’s Jewish settlements.
As with early Christianity in the Roman Empire, it is assumed that the initial converts were largely Jewish proselytes among the Cochin Jews who are believed to have arrived in India around 562BC, after the destruction of the First Temple.
Many of these Jews presumably spoke Aramaic like St. Thomas, also a Jew by birth, who is credited by tradition with evangelizing India.
Therefore Christianity in India is almost as old as Christianity itself and spread in India even before it spread in many predominantly Christian nations of Europe.
Today most Christians in India are Catholic following the Latin rite.
The Christian Church runs thousands of educational institutions and hospitals contributing significantly to the development of the nation.

This picture was shot at All Saints Cathedral ( known as Patthar Girja Ghar) in Allahabad in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, it was built in the 19th century in Gothic style and designed by Sir William Emerson, the eminent architect who designed the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and it figures among the finest Cathedrals of India.

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Over All Things

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2010 by designldg

Over All Things

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“Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians and the Magians and those who associate (others with Allah) – surely Allah will decide between them on the day of resurrection; surely Allah is a witness over all things.”
(The Qur’an [22.17])

“Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.”
(The Qur’an [2.62])

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people.
According to those verses of the Qur’an, mentioned above, if you are Jewish or Christian you are Muslim as long as you do God’s will.
A Muslim is an adherent of Islam, it can be translate by “one who submits (to God)”.
Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, “peace be upon them”.
The ten commandments from the Torah are in the Qur’an, and Islam holds the belief that Mohamed was the one Jesus predicted would finish the prophesies (temple and Kaaba) that where expected of the Messiah, himself, although Judaic prophesies disagree with any mesiah who performed miracles.

For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life.
Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness and the majority have nothing to do with all events which have come to be associated with their faith.

This is a close-up of a wall painting at the entrance of the Chhota Imambara, also known as Hussainabad Imambara or the Palace of Lights, located in Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

“Hallelujah is Our Song”

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by designldg

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
(Pope John Paul II, 1920 – 2005)

This Bell, known in Sanskrit as Ghanti is in a Shiva temple facing the Ganges on the way to Gai Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
It is used in all poojas for invoking God, producing the auspicious sound “Om”, the universal name of the Lord.
“Agamaarthamtu devaanaam Gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam Kurve ghantaaravam tatra Devataahvaahna lakshanam, 
(I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, So that virtuous and noble forces enter (my home and heart); And the demonic and evil forces from within and without, depart)”. 

In some Christian countries, the ringing of the church bells on every day of the week of Easter represents the announcement of the new life spring brings and also frightens off the spirits of darkness and evil.
Easter is the central religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.
According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

Happy easter to all of you.

Having New Eyes

Posted in Mobilis in Mobile with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2010 by designldg

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
(Marcel Proust – French Novelist and Author, 1871-1922)

Phileas Fogg’s balloon was now reaching the top of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
Everyone was happy up there knowing that the real voyage was only starting, they didn’t know yet which amazing landscapes they would see nor who would join them onboard.
So far Phileas Fogg and Passepartout invited Jules Verne, Marcel Proust, Tulsidas and the great Kabir to join them among the ship of dreams and this was of great promise…

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Posted in Mobilis in Mobile with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by designldg

“But ’tis the devil who rings the Angelus!”
“(“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo)

For a change I felt like showing a view of Paris from Notre Dame which is matching the new series of pictures on which I am working.”

The Art of Seeing

Posted in Mobilis in Mobile with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by designldg

“When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door.”
(“The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, a novel by Victor Hugo published in 1831)

In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo makes frequent reference to the architecture of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
The enormous popularity of the book in France spurred the nascent historical preservation movement in that country and strongly encouraged Gothic revival architecture.
Ultimately it led to major renovations at Notre-Dame in the 19th century led by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
Much of the cathedral’s present appearance is a result of this renovation.

I don’t show many images of Paris in my photostream however there is a connection with a series of pictures about Gothicism in Varanasi (Benaras) on which I am working actuallyand that I’ll be uploading soon.

Let the Flower of Gods Bless You

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by designldg

Let the Flower of Gods Bless You

 

”The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ th’ sun.
And with him rises weeping.”
(William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale – Perdita at IV, iv) 

I often display pictures shot at the flower market which is located in the chowk of Varanasi (Benaras) but I almost never show its flowers.
The courtyard is mostly over-powered by the fragrance of fresh marigolds.

It is one of the traditional flowers used in garlands, offerings and social functions.
In India, the common Hindi name used for marigold is Gendha and it is Sthulapushpa in Sanskrit. 
It symbolizes a trust in the divine and a will to overcome obstacles
The saffron/orange colour signifies renunciation and hence is offered to God as a symbol of surrender. 

It is said to be in bloom on the calends of every month, this would be why the Romans named the flower Calendula and one of the names by which it is known in Italy, “fiore d’ogni mese”, countenances this derivation. 
However it was not named after the Virgin even if the flower is offered to Mother Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, in fact its name is a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon merso-meargealla, the Marsh Marigold. 
Old English authors called it Golds or Ruddes. 
Being an edible flower marigolds were used in cookery and medicine and in the old times they were used to color hair yellow

Magical lore tells that putting marigolds under the matress will induce prophetic dreams. 
The herb is also said to have the power to make dreams come true.
The marigold was also believed to be protective and was used in wreathes to keep a home safe. 
Similar to St. John’s Wort, it was thought that marigold could strip a witch of her will.