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Unrelenting Abandon

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by designldg

Unrelenting Abandon

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“The pain is unrelenting; one does not abandon, even briefly, one’s bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes.”
(William Styron – American Writer and Novelist, 1925-2006)

This was shot along the Ganges at Venimadhava ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) on a Sunday morning.
This man was having a traditional ayurvedic foot massage and he was in a state of unrelenting abandon…
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that was developed in the Indian subcontinent hundreds of years ago.
According to the principle of Ayurveda, the human body is composed of a unique mixture of energies, called ‘dosha’.
This unique mixture differs from person to person.
person’s ‘dosha’ determines the kind of lifestyle that that person should lead, the ailments he or she will be susceptible to, the sort of food to be partaken, etc.
Thus Ayurveda bases treatment based on a person’s unique ‘dosha’.

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Being Well

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Being Well

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“Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well. ”
(Marcus Valerius Martialis- Latin poet from Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula), 40-103)

This was shot along the Ganges at Venimadhava ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) on a Sunday morning.
Those young men were having traditional ayurvedic massage from each other.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that was developed in the Indian subcontinent hundreds of years ago.
Ayurvedic massage therapy does not provide a complete therapeutic cure but it helps the organism to receive nitrient material from within the body and to expel toxins.
Certain ailments related to the muscles, ligaments and nervous system can be completely healed through good ayurvedic massage therapy, it is also an ideal remedy for pain.
The practisioner mostly works with the knowledge of the “marmas” or Indian pessure points.

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In Your Hands

Posted in Hands of Grace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by designldg

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“What can you ever really know of other people’s souls – of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles?
One soul in the whole creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands”.
(C.S. Lewis – British Scholar and Novelist, 1898-1963)

This is one more picture shot at Gai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (benaras) of a man receiving an ayurvedic massage treatment from one of his brahman friend.

With Steadfast Fidelity

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2010 by designldg

With Steadfast Fidelity

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“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.
The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.”
(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – German writer and polymath, 1749 –1832)

This is an other picture of a man receiving massage treatment by a brahman who is one of their friend.
It was shot at Gai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (benaras).
They allowed me to take several pictures and we spoke for a while about the importance of ayurvedic massage on our well being.

The Best Cleanser

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The Best Cleanser

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“The first most important thing in the world is breathing, the second most important thing in the world is cleansing, and massage is the best cleanser.
To dispel toxins from the body, and to recycle vital life fluid, there is nothing better than massage.
By working with muscles, you make the muscles work.
Then fluids move out and new fluids full of nourishment flow in.
In this way massage expels toxins.

Also, it strengthens the body.
It strengthens the immune system, and it’s soothing.
Even wild animals can be brought under control if you give them a little massage.
If you sit down with a wild animal, and rub its body, hug or touch it, and play with its spine and head, in a few minutes the animal will become very demanding, and say please, give me more massage.
So massage tames the wild beast.

This is the secret Indian women use to control their men.
To get massage, the man runs home.
The house is a heaven where he can relax.”
( Pearls of Wisdom by Harish Johari – Indian author, painter, sculptor, scholar and teacher, 1934-1999)

This was shot at Gai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (benaras).
Those men were receiving massage treatment by a brahman who was one of their friend.
They allowed me to take several pictures and the young man explained me the importance of ayurvedic massage on our well being.

With Every Dawn

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by designldg

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“Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.”
(John Ruskin – English Writer, 1819-1900)

At dawn, I took this picture along the Ganges at Assi Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
This lady was draping her silk sari after taking a bath in the holy waters melting with silver and gold at that peculiar hour.
This graceful choregraphy could be a kind of unconscious ritual which helps to face the new day starting as if it was a new beginning of life.
After all there is a new beginning coming with every dawn.

Under the Skin

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by designldg

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“I know you even under the skin”.
(Persius, Roman poet – Volterra, 34-62)

It was last Sunday at Lal ghat in Varanasi (Benaras), this young man took a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges and washed himself.
After that he treated several parts of his body with pressure, mostly his joints.
He used Ayurveda which is a natural health care system that incorporates massage.

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