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Strings of Tension

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“The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson – American Poet and Essayist, 1803-1882)

This is a close-up of the foot of a Sanskrit university student, trained to become a Hindu priest, while he was performing a religious ritual ceremony in order to worship the elements at Dasaswamedh ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
At that time he was manipulating a heavy “Aarti lamp” making a tension on his foot while he had to twist his body in clockwise manner.
Marigold petals were spread all around the platform.

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Dum Spiro, Spero

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“Dum spiro, spero (Latin), “While I breath, I hope””
(Latin Proverb)

This is a picture of a student from the Sanskrit University, trained to become a Hindu priest, performing the daily Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
This religious ritual ceremony worships the elements and it is easy to make a link to any faith.

“While I breath, I hope”…prayers for all of us…special prayers for Japan.

Light in Darkness

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“God be prais’d, that to believing souls, Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair”
(William Shakespeare – English Dramatist, Playwright and Poet, 1564-1616)

This is a picture of one of the students from the Sanskrit University performing the daily Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
After a few years they will become Hindu priests and they will be sent anywhere in the world.

 

To an Imperfect Sight and Hearing

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“God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake, nor through the ocean and the stars, but through the Son of Man, and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing.”
(William Lyon Phelps – American Educator, Journalist and Professor, 1865-1943)

This picture was shot during the Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
Each evening along the holy waters of the Ganges, a few students from the sanskrist university, trained to become Hindu priests, perform a religious ritual ceremony in order to worship the elements.
It is called Ganga Aarti.
This picture shows the opening with flames which is supposed to acquire the power of the river Ganges as Goddess Ganga, it is accompanied by the singing of songs and bells from the audience.
Whatever people’s beliefs can be it is easy to make a link between the essence of that piece of humanity that we all share and the powers of nature.

The world is in pain, this is an image of all who are suffering tonight…

The Serenity to Accept

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“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
(Reinhold Niebuhr – American theologian, 1892-1971)

Each evening some students from the sanskrist university, trained to become Hindu priests, perform a religious ritual ceremony along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) in order to worship the elements.
This Ganga Aarti accompanied by the singing of songs and bells from the audience symbolises the five elements: ether (akash), wind (vayu), fire (agni), water (jal), and earth (pruthvi).
It is dedicated to the river, personified as a goddess.

Faith in Small Things

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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
(Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Albanian born Indian Missionary and Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. 1910-1997)

Every evening, Sanskrit university students, trained to become a Hindu priests, perform a religious ritual ceremony in order to worship the elements at Dasaswamedh ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

This is a Hindu Ceremony however anyone can feel a connection to his own faith.
The oldest living city in the world is one of the holiest places and targets of pilgrimage for Hindus.
As the place where Siddhārtha Gautama gave his first sermon to his disciples, Varanasi is the city where Buddhism was founded.
It is the birthplace of Suparshvanath, Shreyansanath, and Parshva, who are respectively the seventh, eleventh, and twenty-third Jain Tirthankars and as such Varanasi is a holy city for Jains.
Guru Nanak Dev visited Varanasi for Shivratri in 1507 and had an encounter which with other events forms the basis for the story of the founding of Sikhism.
The city has a sizeable native Muslim population and shelters many sanctuaries, it hosts the Roman Catholic Diocese of Varanasi, and has a significant Jewish expatriate community.
The city is a place of pilgrimage for many faiths.

“Why do All Good Things Come to an End?”

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by designldg

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“Honestly what will become of me

don’t like reality

It’s way too clear to me

But really life is dandy

We are what we don’t see

Missed everything daydreaming

Flames to dust

Lovers to friends

Why do all good things come to an end?”

(From “All Good Things (Come To An End)” by Nelly Furtado)

This man kept my attention as he was coming back from a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges.
I took several shots like this one as he was standing at Ahilyabai ghat washing his colourful dhoti.
I don’t know what was on his mind, the wings of the soul carry everything away in Vanarasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world…

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