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An Escape Route

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by designldg

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“I wanted it to provide an escape route, I wanted to make pictures that were fantastic and took you into another world, one that was brighter.
I started off with this idea”
(David LaChapelle – American photographer and film director, b.1963)

This was shot in the first courtyard of Amber fort located in Amer, a town nearby Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
These elephants allows to climb the hill on a narrow passage and to reach the palace.
It was early in the morning when the moon was still at sight…

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Eradicating Demons

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

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“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta known as Buddha, 563-483 B.C.)

This is a picture of Bhonsale Ghat during the night of Dev Diwali when the Lord comes down to Varanasi (Benaras).
After the moon is sighted everyone lights up Diyas (lamps) all over the ghats along the holy waters of the Ganges.
The meaning of this festival is to eradicate our inner demons while meeting the Lord.
Happy festival to eveyrone…!!!

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Devas and Men

Posted in Dev Diwali with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by designldg

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“… it is hard to realise that we are both human AND devic in the most profound aspects of our humanity.
We are indeed human and deva and the two inseperatable parts are needed to make a whole person – one part totally unable to function without the other.”
(From “Devas and Men” by Southern Centre of Theosophy, 1977)

Dev Diwali, or Dev Deepavali, as the name indicates is the Diwali celebration of the Devas (Demi Gods).
It is believed that Lord Vishnu returned to Vaikunta, his abode on this day after the Vamana incarnation and visiting King Bali.
Another legend has it that Lord Shiva killed the three demons, who were killing the Devas and humans, and destroyed the three cities built by them on this day.
The day is also known as Kartik poonam or Karthik Purnima and Tripurari Poornima.
Dev Diwali is observed tonight on the full moon day in the month of Kartik in traditional Hindu calendar and this is the most important festival in Varanasi (Benaras).
It marks the end of the fortnight of Diwali celebrations and a major event on the day is the lighting of Diyas (lamps) during night after the moon is sighted.
The meaning of this festival is to eradicate our inner demons while meeting the Lord.
After leaving king Bali, the Lord rejoined the devas on this day, the devas celebrated His arrival in jubilation and thus Dev Diwali came into being.
Though the devas celebrated the Lord’s return, we mortals celebrate Dev Diwali by eradicating our inner demons – the base instincts of ego, anger, greed, lust, … and the resulting manifestation of divinity within.

This picture was shot at the begining of the celebrations when the moon was reflecting in the holy waters of the Ganges, showing this boat carrying a few pilgrims to the main ghats.

Happy festival to eveyrone…!!!

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Shiva’s Moon

Posted in Dev Diwali with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by designldg

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“I lost you out of ignorant attachment to my body.
Then I wasted my time searching high and low.
Finally I found you within, O Shiva, then we united in Bliss.
Only though the grace and compassion of Siddhanath could this have happened.

When the mirror of my mind became clear, I realized the fundamental principle that resides in my relatives and others dear to me.
And this non-dual knowledge completely destroyed all thoughts of ‘you’ and ‘I’.
I came to know that the entire world is not different from the divine.”
(Lalleshwari – a 14th century poetess saint)

Dev Diwali is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Kartik in a traditional Hindu calendar and is the Diwali of the Devas or Gods.
Dev Diwali, or Dev Deepavali, as the name indicates is the Diwali celebration of the Devas (Demi Gods).
It is believed that Lord Vishnu returned to Vaikunta, his abode on this day after the Vamana incarnation and visiting King Bali.
Another legend has it that Lord Shiva killed the three demons, who were killing the Devas and humans, and destroyed the three cities built by them on this day.

Dev Diwali marks the end of the fortnight of Diwali celebrations and a major event on the day is the lighting of Diyas (lamps) during night after the moon is sighted.
This is a picture of the famous Akashadeep festival which takes place on all Varanasi Ghats at the end of the day, it was shot at Rivan ghat.
The moon was reflecting in the holy waters, we could feel the eternal breath of Shiva…

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A Believing Soul

Posted in Hearts & Souls with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by designldg

“Every single life only becomes great when the individual sets upon a goal or goals which they really believe in, which they can really commit themselves to, which they can put their whole heart and soul into.”

(Brian Tracy – American television host)

This is a portrait of French opera singer, Christian.

Thiksey Gompa by Moonlight

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by designldg

Thiksey Gompa by Moonlight

 

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
(Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

This is Thiksey Gompa (monastery), a 15th century architectural complex crowning the crest of a hill.
It is a Gelugpa monastery which also has a modern Maitreya temple, consecrated by the Dalai Lama.

I took the picture from the road along River Sindh (Indus) a few minutes before seven o’clock in the morning.
It seemed that the moon didn’t want to leave, provoking the sun which was already high in a cloudless blue sky above the Ladakhi Himalayan hills.

In the crystal light I could listen to the sound of silence, a prelude to the beautiful Tibetan chants which had already started in the temple situated on the top of the monastery.

The echo of God on the human wall

Posted in Ethereal Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by designldg

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“Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect.
Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate.
So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming — the echo of God on the human wall!”
Victor Hugo (French romantic Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, 1802-1885)

I shot this picture a few hours ago as I was passing by this mosque which is located nearby Sigra in Varanasi (Benaras).
My Indian dreams have oftenly been under the influence of those bulbous domes with slender minarets and cupolas…

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