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Life Itself

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by designldg

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“And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself ?”
(From “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera)

This picture was shot at Scindia ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) where a few young men were enjoying the freshness of dawn in the holy waters of the Ganges.

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With A Sprinkle Of Golden Dreams

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“Are you looking for gold, friend?
Look around you; anything useful to you is pure gold, pure silver!”
(Mehmet Murat ildan – Turkish author, b.1965)

This picture was shot at Scindia ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
Two friends were finishing their daily yoga exercises in the river.
It was at dawn when reality is still foggy with a sprinkle of dreams and allows the holy waters of the Ganges to become gold…

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Bathing in Unmined Gold

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“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”
(John Muir – Scottish-born American naturalist and author, 1838–1914)

At sunrise, this young man was doing yoga in the holy waters of the Ganges at Scindia ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was floating as quiet and still as possible in order to find a deep relaxation.

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Magical Varanasi 12-17 November 2013

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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MAGICAL VARANASI is a 5-day programme involving PHOTOGRAPHY, YOGA & INDIAN COOKING lessons in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world.
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M A G I C A L V A R A N A S I > > > I N D I A > > > 12 – 17 NOVEMBER 2013Join us for a FIRST EVER 5-day programme in VARANASI INDIA to coincide with DEV DIWALI, one of the most auspicious annual festivals in Varanasi dedicated to the Holy River Ganga (when it is believed the gods descend on earth). An experience not to be missed!The 5-day MAGICAL VARANASI programme involves PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCURSIONS with Laurent Goldstein, an internationally acclaimed French photographer based in Varanasi. We will explore sites off the beaten track, where very few tourists go.We’re including INDIAN COOKING LESSONS to learn the intricate art of blending and mixing spices.

To complete these experiences, we’re also including YOGA CLASSES with Norma Kidson, a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) from South Africa.
Don’t forget to pack your yoga mat!

You are FREE to participate in the 5-day MAGICAL VARANASI programme entirely AT YOUR OWN LEISURE!

This programme is limited to 15 people, so BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW by contacting us here on the MAGICAL VARANASI Facebook page.

COST: ONLY 600 € PER PERSON.

For more information you may visit the MAGICAL VARANASI page on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MagicalVaranasi
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” (Rumi, famous Sufi Poet of the 13th century)

Forgetfulness

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2013 by designldg

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“What is a man’s life but a prelude to his death?
And what is death but a long sleep, a most welcome forgetfulness.”
(From “Ophelia” by Lisa M. Klein)

This young man was not dying like Shakespeare’s Ophelia, he was simply doing yoga in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) and was floating as quiet and still as possible for deep relaxation.
This picture was shot early in the morning at Scindia ghat.

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Shedding the Old Skin

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Shedding the Old Skin

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”
(Joseph Campbell – American prolific Author, Editor, Philosopher and Teacher, 1904-1987)

I know an old man who comes almost everyday at Ahilyabai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He spends most of the time under an huge umbrella that he owns there on a little platform where many people come to visit and to spend some time with him.
Here I met among his visitors priests and palmists, an architect, a few students and a kind of magician.
It is always amazing to see him swimming in the holy waters and then doing yoga and exercise on the ghats as if he was a young man.
I took this picture while he was performing a strength training.
That daily activity maintains his physical fitness and overall his health besides he is a very nice solar person who has so much to give to others.
I made many of his portraits and so far I never dared this picture, in a few days I’ll upload more images in order to show how handsome this old man is.

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Transcendental Journey

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Transcendental Journey

 

“He who knows self as the enjoyer of the honey from the flowers of the senses, ever present within, ruler of time, goes beyond fear. 
For this self is supreme!”
(Veda Upanishads)

This man was floating in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was quiet but apparently his mind was traveling from his body to other places that I don’t know so far…
During summers I see more yogis doing the same, I believe that this spiritual practice helps to bear the heat.