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A Splash Of Orange Spiritual Vibrations

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by designldg

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“Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness.”
(“The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy” by Tae Yun Kim)

There was a game of lights and shadows on a spectrum of spiritual orange vibrations at the small Hanuman temple standing at the edge of Manikarnika Ghat in front of the Ganges in Varnasi (Benaras).
In Hinduism orange or saffron is the most sacred color representing the fire that burns all kind of impurities, this is the reason why this color symbolizes purity.
It also represents religious abstinence and it is the color of holy men and ascetics who have renounced the world.
Wearing orange symbolizes the quest for light.
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The etymology of Orange is interesting, the word comes from the Old French “orenge” (c.1300), the old term for the fruit “pomme d’orenge” coming from Medieval Latin “pomum de orenge”.
It also comes from the Sanskrit word “naranga-s” which means “orange tree” as the tree was probably coming from northern India.
Later it gave «naarangi» in Hindi, “narang” in Persian, “naranj” in Arabic and “naranja” in Spanish.
The name is also related to the places where the orange tree was exported.
The bitter Persian orange, grown widely in southern Europe after its introduction in Italy during the XI° but it was replaced by sweet oranges brought to the rest of Europe in the XV° from India by some Portuguese traders.
Portuguese, Spanish, Arab, and Dutch sailors planted citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy.
On his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus brought the seeds of oranges, lemons and citrons to Haiti and the Caribbean.
I twas Introduced in Florida (along with lemons) in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and much later to Hawaii in 1792.
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In or Out

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“One thing that struck me very early is that you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out.
Or, vice versa, what comes out is not what you put in.”
(Diane Arbus – American photographer and writer, 1923–1971)

All the lines of Rana Mahal ghat make a mysterious canvas from where no one can tell what will come in or out…

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A Muscular Energy

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“There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.”
(Annie Dillard – American Author, b.1945)

This man was standing under the sunlight at Nandeshwar along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
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In Vishnu’s Highest Footstep

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“Him whose three places that are filled with sweetness, imperishable joy as it may list them, Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.
May I attain to His well-loved mansion where men devoted to the Gods are happy.
For there springs, close akin to the Wide-Strider, the well of meath in Vishnu’s highest footstep.”
(From the Rig-veda – 1.154.1-5)

This man was stepping down Nandeshwar Ghat towards the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This picture is a kind of metaphor in order to emphasize that the area along the ghats is eulogised as Vishnu’s body.

Varanasi has 98 sacred water fronts, which are believed to form the cosmic frame linking 14 bhavana kosas of the human body.
Among 84 ghats, 5 are considered to be supremely auspicious.
These are Asi, Dashashwamedha, Manikarnika, Panchganga and Adikeshava.
These are the Panchathirthas, and are believed to be symbols of the cosmic body of Lord Vishnu; Asi at the head, Dashashwamedha at the chest, Manikarnika at the navel, Panchganga at the thighs and Adikeshava at the feet.
Manikarnika is considered to be at the center of the 5 thirthas, the navel of the universe from which blooms life.

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Echoing the Sun

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Echoing the Sun

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“The marigold, whose courtier’s face
Echoes the sun, and doth unlace
Her at his rise, at his full stop
Packs and shuts up her gaudy shop”.
(John Cleveland – English poet, 1613–1658)

In my daydreams the ghats take the appearance of staves ready for musical notation and this young man is a clef indicating the pitch of written notes on this poetic music paper.
Then the marigold becomes a dotted note on the line.
With a little of imagination anything is possible along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

Good Rhythm

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Good Rhythm

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“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”(Plato – Ancient Greek Philosopher,428 BC-348 BC)

One more song with good rhythm and colours written on the ghats of Varanasi (Benaras).
This lady was shining in harmony with bright shades like a spring symphony.
She became a vibrant note on the staves made by the stairs which became music paper.
Sometimes this magic happens along the holy waters of the Ganges…

Music and Rhythm

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Music and Rhythm

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“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”.
(Plato – Ancient Greek Philosopher, 428 BC-348 BC)

Many ghats along river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras) seems to be music paper with staves ready for musical notation.
People become notes in order to give rhythm to the soul of the oldest living city of the world.
In India, as in Western solfege, there are names for the seven basic pitches of a major scale, Shadja, Rishabh, Gandhar, Madhyam, Pancham, Dhaivat and Nishad, usually shortened Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni.