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The Energies of the Universe

Posted in Studies & Sketches through the lens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by designldg


“To the question “What am I? The scripture replies “Tat tvamasi” it means ” You are that”.
Throwing another question “You are that? ….what does the THAT signify?”, the scriptures replies “Aham Brahmasmi” it means “You are part of the Universe”.
Throwing in the last question “Which part of the Universe”, the scriptures replies ” Antaryami” it means ” the super soul within you aka the God which resides within you”.
The quintessential seeker bluntly wonders “The God within me? Is God a thing or a concept? Is God a “He” or a “She”? If God is within me, am I God? How can I be God? Is God working through me?”
( From an article by Saumya Suresh –… )

This is a contemporary Ardhanarishvara statue which stands in front of the main building of the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi (Benaras).
Ardhanarishvara is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati (also known as Devi, Shakti and Uma).
Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle, it represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God.
The union of these principles is exalted as the root of all creation.
Another view is that Ardhanarishvara as a symbol of Shiva’s all-pervasive nature.

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Salaam Namaste

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by designldg

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“We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
C.S. Lewis – British Novelist, 1898-1963)

I often take several pictures of those two boys whenever I go to the chawk in Varanasi (Benaras).
After school, Abdulaim doesn’t take the time to get rid of his tie as he is rushing to meet his best friend who is waiting for him in order to play at the upper terrace of his father’s shop.
One is Muslim and the other is Hindu.
Those boys mean so much to me, they are like a symbol for now and for the future and I wish them to cherish this precious friendship forever.

I wanted to upload their portraits now, at a few hours from the final verdict which will be delivered by Allahabad High Court concerning the Ayodhya Judgement.
The Ayodhya debate is a political, historical and socio-religious debate that was most prevalent in the 1990s in Ayodhya, a city located in the Faizabad district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The main issues revolve around access to a site traditionally regarded as the birthplace of the Hindu God Rama, the history and location of the Babri Mosque at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque in 1527 by order of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India.

Before the 1940s, the mosque was called Masjid-i Janmasthan (“mosque of the birthplace”) acknowledging the site as the birthplace of the Hindu deity, Lord Rama.
The mosque was little used by the Muslim community of the district and Hindu worshippers’ of Rama gained access to the site.
However the Babri Masjid (or Mosque of Babur) was destroyed by hardline Hindu activists during a political rally involving 150,000 people which turned into a riot on December 6, 1992.
More than 2,000 people were killed in ensuing riots in many major Indian cities including Mumbai and Delhi.

The final verdict will be delivered on September 30th at 3.30 pm.
There is a palpable tension across the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the schools are closed, stores and offices will be closed during the afternoon as well, fearing communal flareup.

Nevertheless our office will remain opened in order to shelter anyone in case of trouble, may they be Muslims or Hindus.
UNITY shall prevail whatever happens…!!!

(“Salaam Namaste” is a Bollywood film of 2005, using Urdu and Hindi greetings, respectively).

Hindustan Zindabad & Vive la France

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by designldg

Hindustan Zindabad & Vive la France


Today is Bastille Day, the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. 
In France, it is called Fête Nationale (“National Celebration”), or more commonly quatorze juillet (“14 July”). 
It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

For the first time India is the guest of honour and 400 soldiers who belong to several troops from the Indian army were invited to open the parade avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. 
At the end of this parade a paratrooper landed place de la Concorde in front of the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh holding an Indian flag.

“Hindustan zindabad & vive la France !!!”

I met this soldier in Chandigarh the capital of Punjab he was in duty in front of the Capitol Complex and he accepted that I made his portrait.