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Hearing Voices

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

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“Dearest, I feel certain, that I’m going mad again.

I think we can’t go through another of these terrible times and I shan’t recover this time.
I begin to hear voices and can’t concentrate, so I’m doing what seems the best thing to do.”
(Virginia Woolf/Nicole Kidman in “The Hours”)

This was shot early in the morning in a little street of the oldest part of Varanasi (Benaras) not far from the Ganges.

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Unseen Forces

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2011 by designldg

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“No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.”
(Walter Savage Landor – English writer and poet, 1775-1864)

 

This Holy man was burning incense sticks, as a gesture to Agni, the God of Fire, while facing the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
For the sadhu the world is alive with unseen forces that must be continually propitiated with offerings and cleansing rituals.
Their sacred fireplaces, known as dhuni, perform the same function as incense, on a larger scale, which is to transform matter into aether.
Burning incense is thus a reminder, of the sacred power of fire to transform, and the ultimate journey of all physical matter towards spirit.
For most Indians, incense remains an important part of the daily puja ritual, which is a religious offering performed by all Hindus to their deities, especially during the beginning of a new venture, or to commemorate some special occasion.
The aspect of the ritual known as Dhupa involves the offering of incense before the picture of a deity, as a token of respect.

 

Indian incense-making involves a wide variety of ingredients.
In accordance with Ayurvedic principles, all the ingredients that go into incense-making are categorized into five classes:
1. Ether (fruits) – examples: Star anise
2. Water (stems and branches) – examples: Sandalwood, Aloeswood, Cedarwood, Cassia, Frankincense, Myrrh, Borneol
3. Earth (roots) – examples: Turmeric, Vetivert, Ginger, Costus root, Valerian, Indian Spikenard
4. Fire (flowers) – examples: Clove
5. Air (leaves) – examples: Patchouli

 

 

 

Sometimes

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by designldg

Sometimes

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“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”
(Fydor Dostoevsky – Russian writer, 1821–1881)

This couple was sitting at Munshi ghat, looking at the Ganges, in varanasi (Benaras).
I took several pictures of them and then we spoke for a short itme.
I found that the man had the features of the idea I had of what ancient egyptians could look.

Peace, Harmony and Happiness

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by designldg

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This picture was shot a few days ago along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) where this young devotee came to worship in front of the little Vishnu temple which is under Nepali ghat.
It is a simple image in order to start 2011 and to wish you all peace, harmony and happiness.
This is also an opportunity to thank everyone there for your constant support.
Your words, mails and comments give me a true energy to carry on my work, to wake up sometimes before sunrise and go to the river, to walk in the city under the unbearable heat of summers or during those endless monsoons of the rainy seasons.
Sometimes I do crazy things for a picture but I know that someone might enjoy this.
It is always a pleasure to read you even if I don’t answer back often, mostly because of the “very bad” internet connection that I have to face here in Varanasi and those long power cuts that I am dealing with.

(This is a private message for my close friends and family whom I can’t reach now as internet is not working, here it is 2:30 am, it is still “last year” for many of you.
It is raining heavily since this evening, a cold rain coming from the Himalayas reminding many new year’s eves of my past and my thoughts are with you, I wish you could all be there in this wild, fascinating and amazing place…!!!)

Once again, thank you for being there.
LOVE to everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR…!!!

From Within

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2010 by designldg

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“Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without”.
(Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, 563-483 B.C.)

This reader was sitting at the gate of the staircase leading to the Nepali Temple at Lalita ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was enjoying the winter sun after braving the cold that people have to brave since a few nights in the Eternal city.

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