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“A Guit Your” – “Shana Tova”

Posted in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2013 by designldg

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
(From “A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches” by Martin Luther King Jr.)

Amazing symbols gathered all together on a huge bowl in the gardens of the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in New Delhi.
With “Om” everything begins, it is a mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin sacred and important in various Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Like Ganesha who is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, he is the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom, the god of beginnings and therefore he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies.
Then the hexagram which has deep significance in most of the Dharmic and Abrahamic religions.
In Christianity it is often called the star of creation, while it is known as Najmat Dāwūd (Star of David) or Khātem Sulaymān (Seal of Solomon) in Islam and becomes the Magen David when it is recognized as the symbol of Judaism.

In many ways this picture unites us all and allows me to wish everyone, whatever your faith is, “A Guit Your”, “Shana Tova” or, in other words, a Happy New Year.
It is easier to love than to hate, and as we are at the edge of a new conflict I truly want peace to prevail.
May this year be peaceful for all of us…

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Blessings for Every One

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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…

Over All Things

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Over All Things

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“Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians and the Magians and those who associate (others with Allah) – surely Allah will decide between them on the day of resurrection; surely Allah is a witness over all things.”
(The Qur’an [22.17])

“Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.”
(The Qur’an [2.62])

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people.
According to those verses of the Qur’an, mentioned above, if you are Jewish or Christian you are Muslim as long as you do God’s will.
A Muslim is an adherent of Islam, it can be translate by “one who submits (to God)”.
Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, “peace be upon them”.
The ten commandments from the Torah are in the Qur’an, and Islam holds the belief that Mohamed was the one Jesus predicted would finish the prophesies (temple and Kaaba) that where expected of the Messiah, himself, although Judaic prophesies disagree with any mesiah who performed miracles.

For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life.
Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness and the majority have nothing to do with all events which have come to be associated with their faith.

This is a close-up of a wall painting at the entrance of the Chhota Imambara, also known as Hussainabad Imambara or the Palace of Lights, located in Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

A Philosophy which I made mine

Posted in 1 - FAITH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by designldg

 

As a photographer I don’t find easy to write about my work or what makes me take pictures.

I usually prefer to speak about the people who come in front of my camera.

However I found in the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna a few words that explain in a way why I am doing all this, why I am trying to show that we are all brothers and sisters in this world.

Ramakrishna

Gadadhar Chattopadhyay was born in a poor Brahmin Vaishnava family in rural Bengal and became a famous Indian mystic of 19th-century known as Sri Ramakrishna (February 18, 1836 – August 16, 1886).

Ramakrishna practised several religions, including Islam and Christianity, and recognized that in spite of the differences, all religions are valid and true and they lead to the same ultimate goal—God.

Ramakrishna

“Many are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached.

In whatever name and form you worship Him, through that you will realize Him.

 

God has made different religions to suit different aspirants, times and countries.

All doctrines are so many paths; but a path is by no means God Himself.

Indeed, one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with whole hearted devotion.

One may eat pastry with icing either straight or sidewise.

It will taste sweet either way.

 

A truly religious man should think that other religions are also so many paths leading to the Truth.

One should always maintain an attitude of respect towards other religions.

 

Different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God.

 

Various types of jewelry are made of gold.

Although they are made of the same substance they have different forms, and they are given different names.

So also the one and the same God is worshiped in different countries under different names and forms.

 

Every man should follow his own religion.

A Christian should follow Christianity, a Muslim should follow Islam, and so on.

For a Hindu, the ancient path, the path of the Aryan sages, is the best.

 

Dispute not.

As you rest firmly on your own faith and opinion, allow others also the equal liberty to stand by their own faiths and opinions.

By mere disputation you will never succeed in convincing another of his error.

When the grace of God descends, each one will understand his own mistakes.

 

God Himself has provided different forms of worship.

He who is the Lord of the Universe has arranged all these forms to suit different men in different stages of knowledge.

The mother cooks different dishes to suit the stomachs of her children.

Suppose she has five children.

If there is a fish to cook, she prepares various dishes from it – pilau, pickled fish, friend fish, and so on – to suit their different tastes and powers of digestion.

 

God is formless and yet He can assume forms.

One monk went to visit the temple of Lord Jagannath in the holy city of Puri.

While inside the temple, doubts came to his mind.

He started wondering if God had form, or He was formless.

As he was a wandering monk, he was carrying a staff in his hand.

With his staff he wanted to touch the image of Lord Jagannath.

He put one end of his staff to the left of the image and moved it to the right.

The staff passed unobstructed through the image, as if it was not there.

But when he tried to move the staff from right to left, the image obstructed it.

Thus, he realized that God is formless and yet He can have form.

 

A man went to a forest.

There, for the first time in his life, he saw a chameleon sitting on a tree.

Later he said to someone, “Brother, in that forest I saw a strange creature on a tree.

It’s red in color.”

The other man said, “I’ve also seen that creature, it certainly isn’t red. It’s green.”

Another person said, “Why should it be green? I’ve seen it too, it’s yellow.”

Someone else claimed that it was violet, while others insisted that it was either blue or black.

Thus they started quarreling.

Then they decided to go back to that tree and found a man sitting under it.

That man said, “I live under this tree; I know this creature very well.

What you all have been saying is quite true.

It is sometimes red, sometimes green, sometimes yellow and sometimes blue.”

One who contemplates God all the time – he alone knows what God is really like.

He alone knows that God reveals Himself in so many different ways.

God sometimes assumes different forms.

Sometimes He has attributes, sometimes none.

One who lives under the tree alone knows that the chameleon has many colors.

He also knows that sometimes it doesn’t have any color at all.

Others who don’t know, quarrel and suffer unnecessarily.

God has form, then again He is formless.

He is like the infinite ocean.

The cooling influence of the spiritual aspirant’s devotion for God causes the water to freeze and become ice.

But when the sun of true knowledge rises, the ice melts and becomes formless water again.”

Ramakrishna