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In the River of Teachings

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“The Guru is the ocean, and all His Teachings are the river. Bathing within it, glorious greatness is obtained.”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib, or Adi Granth, the religious text of Sikhism)

This man was having a ritual bath in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was early in the morning, the water was cold and the back lighting was providing an amazing atmosphere which can only be seen in winter.

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Infinity Everywhere

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by designldg

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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a rivermoving in you, a joy.
When actions come from another section, the feelingdisappears.
Don’t let others lead you.
They may be blind or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope of God.
And what is that?
Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied, fish sizzle in the skillet.
The anger of police is willfulness.
You’ve seen a magistrate inflict visible punishment.
Now see the invisible.
If you could leave your selfishness, you would see how you’ve been torturing your soul.
We are born and live inside black water in a well.
How could we know what an open field of sunlight is?
Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go.
Ask the way to the spring.
Your living pieces will form a harmony.
There is a moving palace that floats in the air with balconies and clear water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet contained under a single tent.”
(“Moving Water” from “The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting” by Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi – Sufi mystic & poet, 1207-1273)

This man was swimming in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) when a seagull came down and joined this moment of infinity…

With a Will

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by designldg

With a Will

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“Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will.
Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.”
(Paul Gauguin – French Post-Impressionist artist, 848–1903)

Those ladies took a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges at Tulsi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
They were echoing those Tahitian Women painted by Gauguin.
Revealing feminine nudity is very uneasy in the oldest living city in the world where it is still strictly taboo.
As I respect the Banarasi culture I always make sure that we can’t see faces, nor anything which could be taken as a lack of dignity.

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The Least of All Laws

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The Least of All Laws

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“Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed”.
(François de la Rochefoucauld – French classical author, 1613-1680)

It is uneasy to maintain the limits of decency while taking pictures of Banarsi women bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges.
Their wet sarees are very sensual and according to modern Indian customs and morality it is banned to show feminine nudity or anything which could suggest it.
By chance water drops were splashing around and covering what could have become a source of trouble in this picture and besides the faces of those ladies can’t be seen.
In a way it is ironical to think about this in the land of the kama sutra where ancient temples show sculptures with voluptuous and erotic carvings…

Healing Time

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Healing Time

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“Time heals what reason cannot”.
(Seneca – Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

Could time heal anything in a timeless city like Varanasi (Benaras)…
This place is the navel of the world, some call it the center of the universe…
There is no more time, it is gone forever and there is no reason neither, just a few souls lost along the river of eternity…
This was shot last morning under the akhara which stands at Panchganga ghat along the Ganges.

Of the Soul

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Of the Soul

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“Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”
(Jalal ad-Din Rumi – Persian Poet and Mystic, 1207-1273)

From a boat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) I saw this man who was putting his clothes on.
He was standing at Munshi ghat, a few kids were jumping in the holy waters and splashing around.
It was one more opportunity to attempt to capture a few colours of the human soul…

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Breath of the Almighty

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by designldg

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“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”
(The Holy Bible – Job 33:4)

This lady was worshiping at dawn nearby Assi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
At that time the Ganges take silver and gold shades in order to help the Eternal city to come back to life…