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Happy Divali – Happy New Year

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Divali, or Deepavali (in Hindi – दिवाली or दीपावली), is a major Indian festival, significant in Hinduism , Jainism and Sikhism.
Celebrated by Hindus,Jains and Sikhs across the globe, as the “Festival of Light,” where the lights or lamps signify the uplighting of darkness and victory of good over the evil within.

The celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dīpa or deeya (earthen lamp), and fireworks. Though colloquially called Divali in North India, in South India it is called Deepavali.
Divali is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of Hindu month of Ashwayuja (amanta).
It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India.
Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships.
For Hindus it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the year in some Hindu calendars, especially in North India.

This image was shot in Sarnath in front of Lord Buddha’s tree (which was grown from a cutting of the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya) where he met his first five disciples.

On this auspicious day of Diwali and in the coming New year may you all be blessed with success, prosperity and happiness…

Divali ki shubhkamnayen.

 
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The Khanda ☬

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“I have made this body and mind a sacrifice, a sacrificial offering to the Lord.
Dedicating my body and mind, I have crossed over the terrifying world-ocean, and shaken off the fear of death.”
(Guru Arjan, Chant, pg. 576)

The Khanda is the symbol of the Sikhs, as the Cross is to Christians or the Star of David is to Jews.
The khanda is like a “coat of arms’ for Sikhs.
It was introduced by the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji.
It reflects some of the fundamental concepts of Sikhism.
The symbol derives its name from the double-edged sword (also called a Khanda) which appears at the center of the logo.
This double-edged sword is a metaphor of Divine Knowledge, its sharp edges cleaving Truth from Falsehood.
The Chakar around the Khanda is a circle without a beginning or an end, it symbolizes the perfection of God who is eternal.
The Chakar is surrounded by two curved swords called Kirpans, they symbolize the twin concepts of Meeri and Peeri – Temporal and Spiritual authority introduced by Guru Hargobind.
They emphasize the equal emphasis that a Sikh must place on spiritual aspirations as well as obligations to society.
(www.sikhs.org)

This picture wa shot at the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which is located near Connaught Place in Delhi.

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Supreme Bliss

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“Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.”
(Guru Nanak – Founder of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus, 1469–1539)

This man was sitting before sunset along the samovar of the Golden Temple which is located in Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab.
The amazing spiritual presence coming from the Harmandir Sahib makes anyone easily feel that this place is Heaven’s gate.
The expression on the face of most of the pilgrims there shows a supreme bliss…

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With His Grace

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“The Lord God, the Giver of peace, has granted His Grace, I am rid of pain, sin and disease.”
(Guru Nanak – Founder of the religion of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus, 1469-1539)

This guard holding a spear was walking along the samovar of the Golden Temple which is located in Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab.
The Harmandir Sahib is the place to go for anyone in search of spirituality as it is under the Grace of God…

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Illuminated

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“From its brilliancy everything is illuminated.”
(Guru Nanak – founder of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus, 1469-1539)

This young man was bathing in the holy tank of the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhism, located in the Indian state of Punjab.
He left his Kirpan (steel sword) in his turban in order to keep this symbol of his faith with him and, like most of the people who come to the Harmandir Sahib, there was a real happiness flowing around him.

Songs of Joy

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Songs of Joy

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“Sing the songs of joy to the Lord, serve the Name of the Lord, and become the servant of His servants.”
(Guru Nanak – founder of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus, 1469-1539)
This musician was among a group of people playing music in front of the Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhism located in the Indian state of Punjab.
It was a moment of bliss at Heaven’s gate…

A beautiful prayer sung by Satinder Sartaj:

The True One

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“Those who conquer their minds are beings of renunciation and detachment.
They are beings of renunciation and detachment they are lovingly focused on the True One, they realize and understand themselves.”
(Guru Nanak – founder of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus, 1469-1539)

After taking a deep in the Immortal Nectar of the Harmandir Sahib, this man was putting his clothes back on him.
He spread that fabric over his head which allowed to give a deeper significance to this portrait.
The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhism, in the Indian state of Punjab.

‎”In the Dust of the Lord’s Feet”

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In the Dust of the Lord's Feet

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“Bathing in the dust of the Lord’s Feet, one contemplates the Lord and comes not again into the world of form.
And, dedicated to the Guru’s Feet, dispelled are one’s fears and doubts, and one gathers the fruit of one’s heart desire.”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib – Suhi, M. 5)

I was in Gwalior, which is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, during one of the hotest days of summer and one morning I was on my way to the top of the hill where stands the fort and the temples complex when I met a lady who asked me for a drive.
She was going to the Gurdwara Data Bandi Chor Sahib in order to pay homage to Guru Hargobind.
She told me that she was going there every day and that most of the time she was walking along that long road leading to the temple.
She was very touching, her attitude was showing that she was a simple women, naive and innocent however she had that kind of class and dignity that I often see among Sikh ladies.
Her faith means everything to her, she is devoted to the Almighty.
I came with her inside the Gurdwara where she was meeting two old men.
We all sat nearby this door which was opened and allowing us to be in a stream of air and we shared a few words for a while.
I took some pictures, they enjoyed to see them.
It was very peaceful, no one else came to disturb that moment of grace where I felt I was “in the dust of the Lord’s Feet”…

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“Within Your Own Heart”

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“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”
( From the Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

The Guru Granth Sahib, or Adi Granth, is the holy scripture and the final Guru of the Sikhs.
It is a voluminous text of 1430 angs (pages), compiled and composed during the period of Sikh Gurus, from 1469 to 1708.
It is a collection of hymns or shabad, which describe the qualities of God and why one should meditate on God’s name.

This picture was shot at the door opening to the Causeway to the Harmandir Sahib, in the Golden Temple complex located in Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab.
This child sitting on his father’s shoulders manage to see the colourful crowd from a higher level.
It was easy to feel then that this priceless jewel is within the heart of everyone there.

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In the Silence of the Heart

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“God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Listening is the beginning of prayer.”
(Mother Teresa)

This picture is the first of a triptych showing a Sikh devotee taking a deep and praying in the Immortal Nectar of the Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhism located in the Indian state of Punjab.
The temple is surrounded by a large Sarovar which is a Punjabi terms used for a manmade lake.
It is known as the AmritSar, the Lake of Holy Water or the Immortal Nectar.
Like many devotees who visit this shrine this young man is bathing in the pool as the Sikhs believe that spiritual and worldly benefits are gained by immersing in the holy waters of this Sarovar.

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