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An Escape Route

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“I wanted it to provide an escape route, I wanted to make pictures that were fantastic and took you into another world, one that was brighter.
I started off with this idea”
(David LaChapelle – American photographer and film director, b.1963)

This was shot in the first courtyard of Amber fort located in Amer, a town nearby Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
These elephants allows to climb the hill on a narrow passage and to reach the palace.
It was early in the morning when the moon was still at sight…

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Happy Ganesh Chatrurthi

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

 

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“On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period.
Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha.
Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding.
Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path.
Worship Him at home, too.
You can get the assistance of a pundit.
Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your
house.
Feel His Presence in it.

Don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day; remember that it behaved unbecomingly towards the Lord.
This really means avoid the company of all those who have no faith in God, and who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day.

Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your undertakings.

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all!
May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path!
May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation!”
(Swami Sivananda – Hindu spiritual teacher, 1887 – 1963)

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival.
It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati.
Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.

This picture of Lord Ganesha was shot in a temple of Khajuraho located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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Nature’s Masterpiece

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by designldg

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“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant – the only harmless great thing.”
(John Donne – English poet, 1572-1631)

This is a close-up of a couple of elephants met in a street of New Delhi.
It is still the shaadi season (wedding season) and a few mahouts (persons who drive an elephant) come to the capital in order to make some money at Baraat, the bridegroom’s wedding procession.

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A Contrast in Attitude

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by designldg

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
(Charles R. Swindoll – American Writer and Clergyman, b.1934)

This picture was shot in New Delhi where it is still possible to see such a contrast in the streets.
Elephant and rickshaw…after all it is indeed a contrast in attitude…

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Carving Elephants out of Silver

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

“People are entangled in the enjoyment of fine clothes, but gold and silver are only dust. 
They acquire beautiful horses and elephants, and ornate carriages of many kinds.
They think of nothing else, and they forget all their relatives. 
They ignore their Creator; without the Name, they are impure.”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

As I was walking in Kashi, the oldest part of Varanasi (Benaras) I met this man who was carving elephants out of silver.
This quote is coming from The Guru Granth Sahib which is the holy scripture and the final Guru of the Sikhs.

The mahout

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by designldg

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“By a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant with a hair”
(Persian Proverb)

A mahout is a person who drives and look after an elephant.

The word mahout comes from the Hindi words mahaut and mahavat, derivatives of the Sanskrit word mahamatra, which means ” having great measure.”A mahout starts very young, usually at about ten years old, when he is assigned an elephant early in its life and they would be attached to each other for the rest of the elephant’s life.

The training of a mahout is similar to a family business, passed down from one generation to the next.
The art of training an elephant is gradually becoming extinct as the job of a mahout is extremely difficult.

This portrait was shot in Udaipur (Rajasthan) where I saw a beautiful “haathi” (elephant in Hindi), which was not making any noise, it was huge and walking in a narrow street with many shops.
Everybody around was smiling, elephants always give happiness to people.
On this image the mahout stands under his haathi’s trump and tusk.

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Haathi Mere Saathi

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by designldg

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Haathi Mere Saathi (Elephants my Friends) is an Indian film and a favourite with children in the early 1970s.

I love elephants (Haathi in Hindi) since I am a child, they are my favorite animals, maybe because of Kipling’s “Jungle Book” or Disney’s cartoon “Dumbo”.

Nowadays Lord Ganesha stays around my neck in order to protect me.

This was shot in Jaipur’s Amber Fort in Rajasthan where elephants carry people from the village down the hill to the palace.
That morning there were so many of them that I never saw as many in my whole life, it was an unforgettable moment of happiness…

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