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“Bouddha” by Jean Boisselier and Trinh Xuan Thuan

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Bouddha

“May you all be happy!” is picture of a lotus flower at Bodh Gaya, in the Indian state of Bihar, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment).
It was selected to make the cover of “Bouddha” a book by Jean Boisselier and Trinh Xuan Thuan published by Gallimard and released the 7th May 2013.

ISBN : 9782070141579

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Within Your Own Heart

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

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“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib – or Adi Granth, the religious text of Sikhism)

This is the heart of Lolark Kund, one of the oldest sacred sites of Varanasi (Benaras).
This rectangular tank of 15m height below the ground level is a sacred pond for many Hindu devotees who come here during Lolark Shasthi to worship the Sun God.
The word Lolark means “trembling Sun” and there is an image of Surya, the Sun God, in the water of the tank.
This tank is attached to the most important of 12 temples of Aditya (Sun God) in the city.
The entrance to the kund can be reached from either of the three flight of steps which descend down towards it.
Aditya is believed to prevent and cure leprosy or sterile women and to favor blessings on couples particularly those wanting to bring forth male progeny for various reasons including carrying on family name, economic bonanza,…
This is the reason why many devotees and childless couples come to have a daily dip in the waters of this sacred pond.

This picture was shot during the night of Dev Diwali while two priest started to display lotus flowers and marigold garlands on the holy water of the Kund (tank).

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Hope

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

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“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.”
(Charles Livingstone Allen – American Pastor,1913–2005)

This is Lolark Kund, one of the oldest sacred sites of Varanasi (Benaras)which is not far from Tulsi ghat along the Ganges.
This tank is attached to the most important of 12 temples of Aditya (Sun God) in the city.
Aditya is believed to prevent and cure leprosy or sterile women and to favor blessings on couples particularly those wanting to bring forth male progeny for various reasons including carrying on family name, economic bonanza,…
This is the reason why many devotees and childless couples come to have a daily dip in the waters of this sacred pond.
This picture was shot during the night of Dev Diwali.
A lingam (symbol of Shiva) was floating in the tank among lotus flowers and garlands made of marigold.
Everywhere candles were lit as a mark of welcome to God who is believed to descend on earth on that special day…

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Fascinating White Lotus

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by designldg

Fascinating White Lotus

 

“O God, my mind is fascinated with Thy lotus feet as the bumble-bee with the flower; night and day I thirst for them.”
(Guru Nanak – 1469-1539)
Guru Nanak is the central figure in Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.

Monsonn is the lotus season, they bloom in many pounds, the roots are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight. 
For Hindus and Buddhists the pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.
According to the Lalitavistara, “the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the lotus in the muddy water which does not adhere to it.”
According to another scholar, “in esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossoms; that is why the Buddha sits on a lotus bloom.”

The Second Buddha

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The Second Buddha

 

This is a picture of the Padmasambhava statue shot in Hemis Monastery in the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.
The Lotus Born, is said to have transmitted Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet in the 8th century where he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Master”) or Lopon Rinpoche and where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha. 

He said: “My father is the intrinsic awareness, Samantabhadra. 
My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality, Samantrabhadri. 
I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere and awareness. 
My name is the Glorious Lotus Born. 
I am from the unborn sphere of all phenomena. 
I consume concepts of duality as my diet. 
I act in the way of the Buddhas of the three times.”

He is further considered an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and traditionally even venerated as “a second Buddha”.

Namaste Monsieur Monet…!

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Namaste Monsieur Monet...!

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This picture was shot in the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden in Delhi last May before a storm.
The Lodhis were a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century.

The lotusses in this pond were reminding me the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926).
This is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings which depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of the artist’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.
During the last years Monet suffered from cataracts.
In 1923, Monet had a lens removed from his right eye, correcting this but also allowing him to see ultraviolet light (which the lens usually blocks), and he began painting the water lilies in a more blue shade.

I found funny to work on this series of images as a kind of tribute to this artist and it is a new subject for me which allows me to play with colors.
Besides I enjoy making links into that Indo-Western topic that I usualy show in my photostream even if here it’s only coming from my imagination.

Although the title is an allusion to another impressionist painting “Bonjour Monsieur Courbet”.