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Elevation

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2013 by designldg

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In Varanasi (Benaras) there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva between Scindia ghat and Manikarnika ghat which doesn’t look like any other in the city because of its amazing sculptures with angels which are all around the shrine playing different music instruments.
This place is a kind of gate to after death as the cremation ghat is underneath with funeral pyres burning day and night.
It is not easy to climb the high and narrow staircase plunged in total darkness.
However each stair allows to ascend towards the light and to take the time to elevate oneself…

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Sanctifying Ourselves

Posted in Dev Diwali with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by designldg

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“People should not worry as much about what they do but rather about what they are.
If they and their ways are good, then their deeds are radiant.
If you are righteous, then what you do will also be righteous.
We should not think that holiness is based on what we do but rather on what we are, for it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works.”
(Meister Eckhart – German Writer and Theologian, 1260-1328)

This picture was shot along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), at the junction of Manikarnika Ghat and Scindia Ghat, during the celebrations of Dev Diwali.
Everywhere candles are lit as a mark of welcome to God who is believed to descend on earth on that special day.
The meaning of this festival is to eradicate our inner demons while meeting the Lord.
After leaving king Bali, the Lord rejoined the devas on this day, the devas celebrated His arrival in jubilation and thus Dev Diwali came into being.
Though the devas celebrated the Lord’s return, we mortals celebrate Dev Diwali by eradicating our inner demons – the base instincts of ego, anger, greed, lust, … and the resulting manifestation of divinity within.

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Divine Love Alone

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Divine Love Alone

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“PRAYER is divine love alone.
When this highest ideal of love is reached, philosophy is thrown away.
Who will then care of it ?
Freedom, salvation, nirvana- all are thrown away.
Who cares to become free while in the enjoyment of divine love?”
(Swami Vivekananda – Indian Spiritual leader, 1863-1902)

Those two men were praying on a platform facing the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was before sunset.
One opened the fabrics of his dhoti and stretched his body on it, as if he was coming from a composition in a painting by Zurbarán.

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Day is Come

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Day is Come

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“Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle.
It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

Those Rajsthani villagers came a long way in order to worship in Varanasi (Benaras).
I saw them leaving a small boat on the holy waters of the Ganges nearby Manikarnika Ghat where all earthy lives are ending, it was at dusk.
Suddenly the words of Tagore are giving deeper colours to the souls living in this image…

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The Soul Cleaner

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by designldg

The Soul Cleaner

 

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”. (Berthold Auerbach (1812-1882), German poet and author)

I tried several times to make a portrait of my friend Gopal but I was never really satisfied with what I was getting.
However last morning something worked out well, maybe it was because of the turban, or the heat which didn’t allow him to control his expression, I can’t really tell.
Anyway I was talking to him since a while and I started to take pictures.
Gopal has a small music shop at Dasaswamedh Ghat, along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) called “Ganges C.D. Gallery”.
Several years ago I met him as I was walking there in the mist, early in a winter morning before sunrise, he was playing the mesmerising music of Prem Joshua which was connecting to the place and the hour so well.
Ever since he has been teaching me many things about Indian music, classical, sufi, fusion, rock, and most of all Shujaat Husain Khan whome I became addicted to.
He is also proudly showing the last album of Erik Truffaz, “Benares”, which he doesn’t sell but leaves in the middle of the wall in order to show people what means an Indo-Western fusion.

“Without music life would be a mistake”. 
(Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)