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Many Ways to Worship

Posted in Buddhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2013 by designldg

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“I’ve learned much from the land of many gods and many ways to worship. 
From Buddhism the power to begin to manage my mind, from Jainism the desire to make peace in all aspects of life, while Islam has taught me to desire goodness and to let go of that which cannot be controlled. 
I thank Judaism for teaching me the power of transcendence in rituals and the Sufis for affirming my ability to find answers within and reconnecting me with the power of music. 
Here’s to the Parsis for teaching me that nature must be touched lightly, and the Sikhs for the importance of spiritual strength….
And most of all, I thank Hinduism for showing me that there are millions of paths to the divine.” 
(From “Holy Cow” by Sarah Macdonald)

This is a close-up of a part of the Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath located at 13 km away from Varanasi (Benaras).
The Dhamek Stupa is said to mark the spot of a deer park (Rishipattana) where the Buddha gave the first sermon to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment, “revealing his Eightfold Path leading to nirvana”.
In its current shape, the stupa is an impressive cylinder of bricks and stone reaching a height of 43.6 meters and having a diameter of 28 meters (128 feet high and 93 feet in diameter).
The basement seems to have survived from Ashoka’s structure: the stone facing is chiseled and displays delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin. 
The wall is covered with exquisitely carved figures of humans and birds, as well as inscriptions in the Brāhmī script.
This picture was shot at the time of a visit of his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Deep In His Eyes

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by designldg

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“That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.”
(Swami Vivekananda – Indian Spiritual leader of the Hindu religion (Vedanta), 1863-1902)

This is a picture of Lal Baba who is a Saivite (follower of Shiva) sādhu.
He was born in the Indian state of Bihar but he stays most of the time in Varanasi (Benaras).
People call him Lal Baba because he mostly wears garments in red shades, in Hindi “lal” means red.
His huge turban keeps a few meters of dreadlocks and gives him an impressive presence.
Sometimes people think that he can’t see much because of cataract but in fact his eyes have an amazing deep blue colour.
He is a well-known figure along the Ganges however nowadays he only accepts to pose for people he knows.
Whenever I meet him we share a few words and he gives me his blessings while putting his hands on my head…
(Deep in his eyes there is my reflection taking this picture)

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Remembrance & Confidence

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

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“There are stars who’s light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart.
There are people who’s remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away.
This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.”
(The Talmud)

There is no editing on this picture shot at dawn near Assi ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
The holy waters melted in silver and gold offering a confident sanctuary to this diya (candle) which was carried away towards the rising sun.
In the oldest living city in the world people light up those floating candles for death anniversaries known as “shraadh”.
The religious environment made of many cultural influences allows people to become peaceful with death.
This serenity might be one of the greatest gift anyone could ever find in the Eternal city.
The more people remember stronger they become and they can carry on their way in peace and tranquillity…
(This week I am performing shraadh for my parents, this picture is in their memory)

An Oasis in the Heart

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2010 by designldg

An Oasis in the Heart

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“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
(Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, 1883–1931)

This is the back yard of a house in a little village neaby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where I went recently in order to take some pictures of ladies making Chikan embroideries.
I was happy to see that in this peaceful and simple place Muslim and Hindu families are living with a true sense of harmony and unity.
The spirit of happiness shared by everyone gave me faith, faith in humanity, faith in the will to see one day my dream of people living anywhere like brothers and sisters…

Nonattachment

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by designldg

Nonattachment

“The main motive for ”nonattachment” is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work”.
(George Orwell – British Author, 1903-1950)

Since a few weeks those sadhus are staying at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) living in self-denial and showing the practice of their asceticism.

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The Dark Night of the Soul

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The Dark Night of the Soul

This picture was shot at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world, where a group of sadhus decided to stay since a few weeks.
This child is living among them following the rules of asceticism.
I wonder if this boy decided himself to become such and then where did he find this enormous amount of energy and the wiseness to understand the moral overscrupulousness of the ascetic which made him doubt the propriety of pleasure…
I wonder what happened in order that he had this feeling of inadequacy to the demands of life.
His journey makes him fly from the world and from life therein and allows him to live an immersion of the self in a fantastic world where maybe he sees the dark night of the soul…

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A Dreamer Among the Humblest

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“I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.”
(Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, 1883 – 1931)

This Sadhu was sleeping at Munsi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was before sunset when the golden light was reflecting from the holy waters of the Ganges providing a dreamy atmosphere to the oldest living city in the world.
Whenever I talk to those ascetic men I find out that most of them had a diferent life before, sometimes with a wife and children, and a job.
One day they left the modern world for this life where they realize their dreams with visions…

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