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“Being Kind”

Posted in Buddhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2017 by designldg

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“Be kind to all creatures; this is the true religion.”
(Siddhārtha Gautama, known as the Buddha – c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE)

This is a close-up of one of the statues of the Buddha inside the Tibetan temple in Sarnath which is located at 13 km away from Varanasi (Benaras).

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Becoming Everything

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
(Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi) – Persian poet and Sufi mystic, 1207-1273)

This picture was shot at the entrance of a little temple which is on the last floor of the massive palace standing at Balaji Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I was standing at the end of a long dark staircase where I could listen to some bat echolocation calls providing a mysterious atmosphere and suddenly a man opened the door.
The shrine was absorbed by a warm light, there was a feeling of deep quietness and devotion, maybe it was led by the breath of the Divine.
Then from nothing everything became possible…

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With Love, Admiration And Respect

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“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it.
But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”
(From “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse)

This statue of Buddha is on the south side of the central tower which rises 55 metres (180 ft) of the Mahabodhi Temple (“Great Awakening Temple”) in Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar.
It is the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment.
The temple, a Buddhist stupa, the most sacred site in Buddhism is visited regularly by both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims (many Hindus honor the Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu).
The holy Bodhi tree is near to the temple to the western side.
According UNESCO, “the present temple is one of the earliest and most imposing structures built entirely in brick from Gupta period”.

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The Sanctuary’s Hidden Mysteries

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“Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.”
(The Holy Bible – Daniel 9:17)

This is the sanctuary inside the Nepalese Temple known as Kathwala Temple which is on the top of Nepali ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

The Lingam, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva, stands in the center of the shrine next to the Lord’s trishul (Trident, “three spear” in Sanskrit).
The Lingam symbolizes the male creative energy, of the power of fertility and strength and represents the phallus.
“Shiva as the undivided causal principle is worshiped in the linga.
His more manifest aspects are represented in anthropomorphic images.
All other deities are part of a multiplicity and are thus worshiped as images.”
(Karapatri, “Shri Shiva Tattva”, Siddhanta)

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“God has no religion”

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2009 by designldg

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“God has no religion”
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)

Those words by Gandhiji take their plain meaning when I have the chance to be among so many religions which are so different and yet so close…
I took this picture of Shiva temples roofs as I was stepping down the narrow staircase which leads to Ahilyabai ghat which is along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

In my Soul

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by designldg

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“The oldest living city in the world”.

This temple as I said on many other images is my favorite in Varanasi (Benaras).

Each time I go on the ghats of river Ganga I keep on going there as if this temple had a magnet field which is strongly attracting me.

The legend of this temple says that once a woman asked her son to go to Benaras and have a temple built.
Once it was done he came back to see his mother and told her that as he did it he paid her back all that she did for him.
The mother was furious, saying that a son can’t pay back nine months pregnancy, an education and most of all, a mother’s love.
So she decided to curse this temple and then its structure slowly began to collapse.
Nowadays it’s a kind of Tower of Pisa in Benaras.

The architecture of the roof is amazing, I can’t help dreaming when I see it.

This picture is dedicated to Arantxa (Cottonfields) a Flickr member who has been shooting this temple as well.
We never met but during a few days in several places in Rajasthan and in Uttar Pradesh, one was the shadow of the other….

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