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Peace on Earth

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by designldg

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“I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!”.
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American Poet, 1807-1882)

May you have the real spirit of Christmas and cherish peace and goodwill.
Merry Christmas.
This is another detail of the the sculptures around the main gate of the west facade of Notre Dame de Paris which is a Gothic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris in France.

 

A Good Time

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by designldg

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“I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas!”
(Charles Dickens – English novelist, 1812-1870)

I am wishing a Merry Christmas to everyone.
Here in Benaras Christmas always takes different shades of colours and the spirit of this celebration is almost in everything that comes along my way.
Christmas comes once a year but why not keeping it within the heart for the rest of the year…

(I take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind mails, comments and messages which I unfortunately can’t answer in time because of my awful internet connection which keeps on coming and going…)

This picture was two years ago, it is a detail of the the sculptures around the main gate of the west facade of Notre Dame de Paris which is a Gothic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris in France.

Blessings for Every One

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2010 by designldg

Blessings for Every One

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“You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet and writer, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This was shot before sunset at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh as I was walking in the galleries surrounding the Sufi saint mazaar (tomb).
The building, built in the late 16th century in the typical Mughal style, is enclosed on all sides by delicately carved lattices over which rises a large dome.
This place is a pilgrimage centre for both the Hindus and the Muslims and this is why I selected this picture in order to celebrate the happy coincidence which makes today Eid-ul-fitr, Ganesh Chaturthi and Rosh Hashanah happen in the same time.
This place of devotion is a symbol of brotherhood to my eyes, this is where anyone can express his faith.

– Eid Mubarak, I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid. May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe.
– Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah! I wish good luck and good fortune to every one on Ganesh Chaturthi.
– Shana Tova, wishing you all a New Year blessed with new biginnings, new hopes and joys…

Like a Squirrel

Posted in Caught up in a Mughal reverie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

“Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example – I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation”.
(Nâzım Hikmet Ran – commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet, 1902 – 1963)

This was shot last Friday at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
It was before sunset when people came to offer namaaz (prayer) and Ì was standing in front of the Sufi saint mazaar (tomb) which is a pilgrimage centre for both the Hindus and the Muslims when I saw this funny squirrel.

Patience and Prayer

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

Patience and Prayer

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“Seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones”.
(Quran – The Cow 2.45)

This was shot last Friday at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
A few people came to offer namaaz (prayer) in front of the Sufi saint mazaar (tomb).
It was quiet and peaceful, I was alone walking in the galleries inside this Mughal style building of the 16th century and I saw that bowl where was reflecting a carved lattice.
From the central dome a man was singing verses from the Quran, I stayed there till the begining of sunset enjoying this timeless moment.

Free from Passion

Posted in Jainism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

Free from Passion

“A man who is averse from harming even the wind knows the sorrow of all things living. . . .
He who knows what is bad for himself knows what is bad for others, and he who knows what is bad for others knows what is bad for himself.
This reciprocity should always be borne in mind.
Those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live [at the expense of others]. . . .
He who understands the nature of sin against wind is called a true sage who understands karma.

In short be who understands the nature of sin in respect of all the six types of living beings is called a true sage who understands karma.”
(Acaranga Sutra, Jainism – Prayer n°3944)

This is a close-up of a Jain thirthankara (saint) rockcut statue on the way from Gwalior Fort by the Urwahi Gate.
Gwalior is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and its fort stands on an isolated rock, overlooking the city.
24 Jain sculptures stands there and can be traced back to the seventh centurya.d..
The tallest of the lot is nearly 20 metres, and is characterised by its rigid posture and rounded modelling.

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A True Sage

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A True Sage

“Earth is afflicted and wretched, it is hard to teach, it has no discrimination.
Unenlightened men, who suffer from the effects of past deeds, cause great pain in a world full of pain already, for in earth souls are individually embodied.
If, thinking to gain praise, honour, or respect … or to achieve a good rebirth . . . or to win salvation, or to escape pain, a man sins against earth or causes or permits others to do so. . . . he will not gain joy or wisdom. . .
Injury to the earth is like striking, cutting, maiming, or killing a blind man . . .
Knowing this man should not sin against earth or cause or permit others to do so.
He who understands the nature of sin against earth is called a true sage who understands karma. . .”
(Acaranga Sutra, Jainism – Prayer n°3942)

This is a close-up of a Jain thirthankara (saint) rockcut statue on the way from Gwalior Fort by the Urwahi Gate.
Gwalior is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and its fort stands on an isolated rock, overlooking the city.
24 Jain sculptures stands there and can be traced back to the seventh century a.d..
The tallest of the lot is nearly 20 metres, and is characterised by its rigid posture and rounded modelling.

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Understanding Karma

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Understanding Karma

“All beings with two, three, four, or five senses…. in fact all creation, know individually pleasure and displeasure, pain, terror, and sorrow.
All are full of fears which come from all directions. And yet there exist people who would cause greater pain to them…
Some kill animals for sacrifice, some for their skin, flesh, blood, … feathers, teeth, or tusks; … some kill them intentionally and some unintentionally; some kill because they have been previously injured by them, … and some because they expect to be injured.
He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin…
He who understands the nature of sin against animals is called a true sage who understands karma… ”
(Acaranga Sutra, Jainism – Prayer n°3943)

A few hours ago I went back to take a few pictures of those huge Jain thirthankaras (saints) rockcut statues on the way to Gwalior Fort.
This is a close-up of the hand of one of the 24 statues which are standing there since the seventh century a.d..
It belongs to the tallest (about 20 meters) and it is overlooking the city of Gwalior which is located the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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Quintessence of Wisdom

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Quintessence of Wisdom

“Non-injury to all living beings is the only religion.”
“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.”
“This is the quintessence of wisdom; not to kill anything.
All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away.
This is the pure unchangeable Law.
Therefore, cease to injure living things.”

“All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.”
(Yogashastra – Jain Scripture, c. 500 BC)”

This picture was shot a few hours ago as the first shades of sunset started to give this golden light to the tallest Jain thirthankara (saint) rockcut statue (about 20 meters) which is standing under Gwalior Fort.
The 24 statues are overlooking the city of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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In an Inspirational Mood

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The creative process takes so many ways.
Sometimes inspiration is simply in front of my eyes, I just need to walk in the city and find an idea or a new concept from a small detail.
I saw this pattern on the door of an old house nearby Aurangzeb’s mosque in Kashi, the oldest part of Varanasi (Benaras).
Photography allows me to learn to look at things, my mind keeps being busy, this detail could become a throw with an embroidery and pipings…
It is this mental and social process which involves the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts that makes the training of the conception of creativness.
It is also an interpretation of the past or of what was done before and it often happens accidentally with serendipity…

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