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Finding Happiness

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by designldg

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“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”
( Agnes Repplier – American Essayist and Writer, 1858-1950)

This lady was having fun in the Ganges nearby Jatar ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was early in the morning, during the only moment of the day when the air was more breathable and that might have been helping her to be so happy.
I remember that I felt the same happiness while I was taking this picture.
American radio host Bernard Meltzer was right when he said: “Happiness is like a kiss…you must share it to enjoy it”.
Let’s share this kiss all together, let’s be happy…

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The Eternal Changing of All Things

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by designldg

“Other nations have aimed to conquer, to amas wealth, to explore, to discover.
For Indians, who over the past two thousands years have neither invaded any countries, nor conquered any lands, the aim has always been knowledge.
Not knowledge of the world, but self-knowledge.
To know oneself means to know everything, because the core of this self, they believe, is what remains constant in the eternal changing of all things.”
(from “India Notes” by Tiziano Terzani – Italian journalist and writer,1938-2004)

At the end of Assi Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras), after bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges, those two young men were processing a puja, celebrating life through the elements.
They belong to the Brahman cast (aslo known as Brahmin) which according Hinduism, refers to the priestly caste in the Hindu caste system.

“Contained in She”

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“Is God a Man or a Woman ?
The answer to this question is neither—- God is That.
But if you must give God a gender, God is more female than male, for he is contained in She.”(Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), Indian Hindu guru known as Amma “Mother” and the “hugging saint” – Born 1953)

Those women were bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges at Gai Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
The Hindi word “gai’ means “cow”, in many civilizations the cow was venerated as the mother goddess, in India it is a representation of wealth and it is obviously a feminine symbol.
For the Vedic man cows were ‘the “real life” substratum of the goods of life’ (JC Heesterman in The Encyclopedia Of Religion, vol. 5).
This picture could have been shot at any ghat but this place gives emphasis to the character of womanhood which arises from this image.

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Joy to Share

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“All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.”
(Lord Byron – British poet, 1788–1824)

This quote by Lord Byron seems to fit this image so well, I just want to share the happiness of those two kids who were enjoying a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges at Prayag ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
The city of Light oftenly takes a state of joy and smiles which becomes a source of contentment for any photographer.

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Sharing Happiness

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Sharing Happiness

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
( Buddha, born as Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta and founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

This young man was bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges at Ahilyabai ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was glowing with happiness…

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In the Pure Water of the Name

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In the Pure Water of the Name

“O Siblings of Destiny, filth is washed away by bathing in the Pure Water of the Name.”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of sikhs)

This young man was bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges near Assi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) while I was around taking a few pictures with a group of ten amazing young photographers who were selected by FairMail.
We thought that the first subject of our photography session would be water drops.
Those kids asked me to spend some time with them in order that I could teach them a few things but I am sure that I have learnt more from them, from their talent and skills, from their kindness and humility and most of all from their unforgettable smiles…

FairMail is a company producing fair trade greeting cards in Peru and India.
The photos on FairMail cards are taken by underpriviliged Indian and Peruvian teenagers.
FairMail offers them photography training, part-time work, medical insurance and guidance in making their future plans.
The teenagers get 50 % of the profits of the sale of their own cards to finance their housing and education.

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An Ocean of Meanings

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An Ocean of Meanings

“Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings.”
(Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, known as Jelaluddin Rumi – Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and mystic, 1207–1273)

This was shot last Sunday at Prayag ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I believe that it was the last very hot day of the year here and many people came to river in order to find a way to feel fresh.
This woman was pouring the holy water on her, I took several pictures as the colours were coming so well.

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