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The Humanity Of The Moment

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“Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
Most of my photographs are of people; they are seen simply, as through the eyes of the man in the street.
There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.
This kind of photography is realism.
But realism is not enough–there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.
It is difficult to describe this thin line where matter ends and mind begins.
(Robert Frank – American photographer and filmaker, b.1924)

This sadhu was walking at Scindia ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), it was after sunrise and he was holding a traditional tiffin-box containing a meal prepared by some generous soul…

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The Wizard of Gold

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“What is magic?
There is the wizard’s explanation… wizards talk about candles, circles, planets, stars, bananas, chants, runes and the importance of having at least four good meals every day.”
(From “Lords and Ladies” by Terry Pratchett)

Sometimes in my enchanted dreams the eternal city is wrapped with a golden coat where fascinating people spread magic along the Ganges.
Some are palmists, others are fortunetellers, ice-cream sellers, sādhus or wizards.
Recently I met one at Shitla ghat, I still have stardust in my eyes…

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There is a Santa Claus

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There is a Santa Claus

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“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus!…
There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence”.
(Francis Pharcellus Church in the New York Sun, Sep. 21, 1897 – American publisher and editor, 1839-1906)

For those who want to see poetry and romance in the Eternel city, they will meet Santa Claus along the Ganges and, if they are lucky they might even see many on Christmas day…
This picture was shot a few hours ago at Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
Merry Christmas to all of you…!!!

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The Soul Keeper

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The Soul Keeper

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“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This man was sitting at the gate of the center of the universe which is the shrine standing at Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) where burns the oldest fire since the begining of mankind.
This is the place where any Hindu comes face to face with life and death, it is called “the great cremation ground” (Mahasmasana) and a legend says that there Lord Shiva gives Taraka mantra ( “Prayer of the crossing”) in the ear of the dead.
The name Manikarnika derives its origin from the dropping rings of Siva during His transcendental dance here.
“Having become Time itself, I destroy the world here, O Goddess !” (Lord Shiva – Padma Purana 1.33.14)

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O Arjuna, be a Yogi

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“The Yogi is greater than the ascetics; he is thought greater than even men of knowledge.
The Yogi is greater than men of action.
Therefore, O Arjuna, be a Yogi.”
(From the Gita, Upanishad, the Ordinance of Yoga, the discourse between Krishna and Arjuna)

A yogi (Sanskrit, feminine root: yogini) is a term for a male practitioner of various forms of the path of Yoga, maintaining a steadfast mind, the process of transcending the lower self through daily practices.
This word is often used to describe a monk or a householder who is devoted to meditation.
The Shiva-Samhita text defines the yogi as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogins: those who pierce through the “sun” (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar.

This Yogi who seems to be ageless was in a little house made of one single room with opened walls which is near river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras).

I was rooming around the ghats with my friends Rajesh, Eloise and Prabhat, showing them a few places I like in the city and by chance we met this Yogi.
There was so much of peace around him, he was smiling gently as if  he was in another space, in another  time, as if we were not really there.

He didn’t mind that we took his portrait.

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