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Related To the whole world

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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“As a woman I have no country.
As a woman I want no country.
As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
(Virginia Woolf – English writer, 1882–1941)

This lady was changing clothes after having a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

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The Khanda ☬

Posted in Sikhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by designldg

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“I have made this body and mind a sacrifice, a sacrificial offering to the Lord.
Dedicating my body and mind, I have crossed over the terrifying world-ocean, and shaken off the fear of death.”
(Guru Arjan, Chant, pg. 576)

The Khanda is the symbol of the Sikhs, as the Cross is to Christians or the Star of David is to Jews.
The khanda is like a “coat of arms’ for Sikhs.
It was introduced by the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji.
It reflects some of the fundamental concepts of Sikhism.
The symbol derives its name from the double-edged sword (also called a Khanda) which appears at the center of the logo.
This double-edged sword is a metaphor of Divine Knowledge, its sharp edges cleaving Truth from Falsehood.
The Chakar around the Khanda is a circle without a beginning or an end, it symbolizes the perfection of God who is eternal.
The Chakar is surrounded by two curved swords called Kirpans, they symbolize the twin concepts of Meeri and Peeri – Temporal and Spiritual authority introduced by Guru Hargobind.
They emphasize the equal emphasis that a Sikh must place on spiritual aspirations as well as obligations to society.
(www.sikhs.org)

This picture wa shot at the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which is located near Connaught Place in Delhi.

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Into my Own Heart

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by designldg

Into my Own Heart

“I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not.
I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there.
I entered the mountain cave of Hira and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not.
With set purpose I fared to the summit of Mount Caucasus and found there only ‘anqa’s habitation.
Then I directed my search to the Kaaba, the resort of old and young; God was not there even.
Turning to philosophy I inquired about him from ibn Sina but found Him not within his range.
I fared then to the scene of the Prophet’s experience of a great divine manifestation only a “two bow-lengths’ distance from him” but God was not there even in that exalted court.
Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else.”
(Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, known as Jelaluddin Rumi – Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and mystic, 1207–1273)

This picture was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) where so many things reflect the divine consciousness of human life.

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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.

Learning Humility

Posted in Sikhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2009 by designldg

Learning Humility

 

I met this young Punjabi a few weeks ago in front of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhism, located in the state of Punjab (India). He was with two of his friends, they were bathing in the holy tank where I saw them for the first time and then they followed me for a while asking many things about photography. They were really funny and full of energy. I took many pictures, on this portrait he didn’t want to smile because he broke a tooth in the front and this is why he looks so serious. I told him that I could fix this with Photoshop untill he goes to the dentist and I had to explain what this software is. Like many Sikh children he is wearing a Patka. It is is a simple cloth head covering, consisting of about two square feet of fabric with strings to secure it. The Patka is also worn by many adult Sikhs as a under-turban as well. It may be kept at bed-time as well, and during swimming and sports. In Sikhism covering your head is an action with the attitude that there is something greater than you know. Covering your head is also a declaration of humility, of your surrender to God.

Bestowing Blessings

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2009 by designldg

Bestowing Blessings

 

I met this lady at Hemis Gompa which is a secluded Tibetan monastery in the Himalayan hills of Ladakh. she came with her husband and their new born baby. We visited several temples and rooms together and we met again later in an old temple where some lamas and priests, in the presence of the oracle, where performing a ceremony. They asked blessings for their child, it was done with oil and water. According the Buddhist point of view, this first function is a way to celebrate a great occasion, a human rebirth who has the great potential to do something for others. They allowed me to take as many pictures I wanted and I even did several videos with my camera. I didn’t speak much to them but we shared many things with our eyes and many smiles that I might keep in a corner of my mind forever…

A Beautiful Soul

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2009 by designldg

A Beautiful Soul

I met Chemet Nameyail at Hemis Monastery which is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh (within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir). 
Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Senge Namgyal.

This young man is a monk, when I first saw him he was blowing into a spectacular Rag-Dung trumpet during a ceremony which was taking place in the inner courtyard of the monastery.
The loud engrossing sound has the amalgamation of mystery and produces meditative, imagination and healing power. 

Later we spoke of several things while he took us inside the building in order to visit a few temples and museum.
I did several pictures of him, sometimes it was difficult as he has a very solar personality and he has many expressions, he knew that I wanted him to smile and he gave me many smiles but I selected this portrait where he is very quiet, maybe this is his inner side.
I wish I could have spent more time with him, there was so much of happiness, contentment and felicity around him, I was happy to feel all this.
He might read those words as I gave him the link of this website and I want to thank him again for the time he gave us and to tell him that I am printing and sending him the pictures very soon.

La Celestina Gujarati

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by designldg

La Celestina GujaratiTwo days ago I met this lady in front of a temple in Varanasi (Benaras), she was among a group of other ladies coming from the Indian state of Gujarat.
They were buying bangles and necklaces to some jewel sellers who were standing outside in the street.
I started to take a few pictures of them trying to catch natural expressions but after a short while they kept on asking me to take portraits while posing in a very classic way.
I had to make them laugh in order to get more natural poses and I was showing the result on my camera.
We all had a good time.
I don’t really know why this lady reminded me ‘La Celestina’, which Pablo Picasso painted in 1903.
She looks much better than the lady in the painting.

I am travelling in the north for two weeks, to Armitsar and then to Ladakh, and I might not find internet on my way but as soon as possible I’ll start uploading new pictures. 
Thank you all for your many comments and mails, I’ll answer you when I am back to Benaras.
Namaste.

Yielding Lasting Benefit

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Yielding Lasting Benefit

“Human life is beset with ups and downs, joys and sorrows. 
These experiences are intended to serve as guideposts for man. Life would be stale if there were no trials and difficulties. 
It is these difficulties which bring out the human values in man.
Only that which is got by hard effort will yield lasting benefit.”
(Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 2 September 1991)

Today in the begining of the afternoon I was crossing the chawk of Varanasi (Benaras) and I stopped again for a short while at the flower market where the light and shades always provide a great chiaroscuro (clair-obscur).
Among many people there was this man selling marigolds, in a glance I could guess the trials and difficulties which bring out the human values in a man.

Contemplating the Name

Posted in Ethereal Dreams, Sikhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by designldg

Contemplating the Name

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“Contemplate the Name yourself; inspire it to others;
By attending to it, discoursing of it, living by it, obtain liberation.
The true essence, eternal is the Lord’s Name:
By spontaneous devotion, says Nanak, chant the Lord’s praise.”
(Guru Granth Sahib Adi Granth)

This image was shot last Friday at the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which is located near Connaught Place in Delhi.
It was at sunset, those two young men were praying facing the Temple.
I took several pictures that I showed them after.

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