Sriram Janak – Photography


Fade away…?


Life, it seems, will fade away

Drifting further every day

Getting lost within myself

Nothing matters, no one else…


No one but me can save myself, but it’s too late

Now I can’t think, think why I should even try…


    (~ ` ~ Metallica—fade to black)






Unbecoming everything…

 May be

The journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.

Maybe it’s unbecoming everything

that isn’t you

….so that you can

be who you were meant 

to be

in the first place…


                                     ~ ` ~ Unknown




A song…

I heard a song, a morning as I walked…
It came on as I passed…a song from far away, about a lost love. At least so I imagined,
I didn’t understand the words,
only the melody.
But in the low notes I could hear the loss one had suffered.. And in the
high notes understood too that it was a song about
something that could never be.
I had not wept in years.
But I did, there and then, on the side of a dusty street,
surrounded by strangers.
The melody stayed with me for years….

   ~ ` ~ (adapted from The memory of love, by Aminatta Forna)


To Love…

  To love is to suffer.
         to avoid suffering one must not love.
                 But then one suffers from not loving.
               Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer;
                                                                     to suffer is to suffer…
                                              ~ ` ~ Woody Allen







  It’s a love 



                the unknown

                                                       ~ ` ~ Osho




Too Busy…


                              You should sit in meditation for
                         twenty minutes every
                 day – unless you’re too busy;
                          then you should sit for an hour.
                                                          ~ ` ~  Zen






The torn boughs trailing

O’er the tusks…aslant

The saplings reeling in the path

He trod,

Declares his might- our lord

The Elephant

Chief of the ways of


~ ` ~ Tom Alter








I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant.
An elephant is faithful,
one hundred percent.

                                                       ~ ` ~ Dr Seuss



New course…



We lead our lives like water flowing

              down the hill,
    going more or less in one direction
        until we splash into something
           that forces us to find a
new course
                          ~ ` ~    Arthur Golden


( At corbett National park, India )






                        How impossible it is to walk though the forest 


                                        without telegraphing


                                 your presence…


                                                                                  ~ ` ~  Zen






A mother’s love for her child is like

                              nothing else in the world.

                   It knows no law, no pity

                                it dares all things & crushes

                     down remorselessly

                      all that stands in

                                 its path.

                                                                   ~ ` ~  Agatha Christie












  Being a full time mother

                             is one of the highest salaried jobs

                        in my field,

                    since the payment is

                                 pure love.


                                           ~ ` ~  Mildred B Vermont






A mum’s hug

                              lasts long after


                                              she lets go…








 A mother is not a person

                    to lean on,

                 But a person to make

                                      leaning unnecessary.

                                       ~ ` ~  Dorothy canfield Fisher








                    There are poems

                          inside you

                                that paper can’t






              Painting is silent 



                        poetry is painting

                          that speaks

                                            ~ ` ~  Nikos KAzantzakis




             You have your brush

                  you have your colors, you

                   paint paradise,

             then in you go.

                                                             ~ ` ~  Adrienne Rich 







                 When you Breathe ,

                          It’s because

                         Y O U  

                                 are a

                      T R E E


  Happy Earth Day…


                Every day is  E A R T H  day



   Set Free…

…I see within your heart
of hearts
where no masks are

A spirit waiting to be set free

as it always meant to be…

` ~ `  Mary Merrell









                            The journey to understand the

                               true nature of reality requires no paper map,

                         no metal compass, and no breadcrumb

                              left by others.


                                       The true journey is one that is travelled

                                           with an inner GPS fully activated,

                                  and a mind as open as a parachute

                                  … perfectly capable of landing exactly

                                                                             where you’re meant to be.



                                                        ` ~ ` Alex Brooks



The Bud…




   And the day came when the risk 

to remain tight in a bud was more

painful than the risk

it took to blossom.

~ ` ~   Anais Nin




Stop Looking…



                   Stop looking for happiness

                              in the same place you

                                           lost it.
                                                      ~ ` ~ Unknown  






 Memories of our childhood

                  are like images painted on

                        a wet canvas, they merge

                             until they lose all shape,

                      often remaining only as


                                                     ~ ` ~  Brian Mynott






 Eventually , all things

                        merge into one,

                         and a river runs through it


                                            ~ ` ~    Norman Maclean






 In greatness,

                   life and death


                                              ~ ` ~   Dejan Stojanovic








Surrender is the

                ultimate technique

                          to merge with


                                                 ~ ` ~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda








  Thought that can merge

                                       wholly into feeling,

                               feeling that can merge

                     wholly into thought-

                            these are the artist’s highest joy

                                                         ~ ` ~   Thomas Mann







 I merged so completely with


                                             and was so fused

                                              that I became


                                     and love became


–                                                  ~ ` ~   Rumi




A Seeker…



I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible non- believer.

in things.

I was as searching as I was sceptical.

I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place,

or even precisely what the faith meant ,

 in all its complexity.

Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.


” YOU ARE A SEEKER ” …..My mother said…

                                                               ~ ` ~   Cheryl Strayed  




To be Found




 You sometimes think

you want to
disappear, but all
you really want
is to be
~ ` ~ Yakkida





Cling to…


How we need another  S O U L 


                                                                to cling to.

                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath





                                                                       You can only L O V E 

                                                                       What you cling to.

                                                                                  ~ ` ~   Buddha





                                                                                            what did my arms

                                                                                do before they held

                                                                                                  Y O U .

                                                                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath





The Moment…


The moment in between what you once were,

                      and who you are becoming

                          is where the

                                dance of life

                                       really begins.

                                                                                    ~ ` ~   Barbara Deangelis










 “If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element,

                  changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the


                  opposite reason — its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself.

                                       To value gold over water is to

                         value economy over ecology, that which

                               can be locked up over that which connects all things.”
                                                                                              ~ ` ~     Rebecca Solnit
















Honk Honk…!!


                     H O N K    H O N K   H O N K….

                                  Make some   N O I S E   for the


                                   R H I N o S    !!!


                                 O N


                                                     World   Rhino    Day.












( Indian one horned Rhino….Kaziranga national park…India )

Stillness Speaks…


Be still

            stillness reveals

            the secret of



                      ` ~ `  Lao Tzu 







           That the mind 

            is in

                      abysmal stillness…


                                        ` ~ `   Lao Tzu  








            Nothing in all

                creation is 

                so like god



` ~ `  Meister Eckhart









               Learning how to 

                  be still,

                to really be still

                  and let life happen–

                   that stillness becomes a



                                         ` ~ `   Morgan Freeman







                   Even when in the midst 

                   of disturbance,

                      stillness of the mind can 




                                      ` ~ `   Stephen Richards






                In the stillness of headstones ,

                Darkness in my blanket.

               And forever in my song..

                   In the arms if stare angles,

                   I ‘m not afraid.

                  Because finally and


                       I belong

                                         ` ~ `  Jordan Dane 






Please also take a look at my other post..

( location : Aritappati village…near Madurai. Tamil Nadu,



Grey Visage…





                      “ There is mystery behind that masked grey visage,


                               and ancient life force, delicate and mighty,

                                                         awesome and enchanted,

                                commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks,

                                              great fires, and the sea.”

                                                                                                      ` ~ `      Peter Matthiessen,



It is beautiful to be


And if you are more


You will be more 







If you are more Alive,

then more life will

Enter your inner being.

You will be more












You can eat things with out

tasting; it is not difficult…

But…it is beautiful to taste….

become the taste of the food…








We are feeling vacant, empty and

we keep saying life is….empty


We are not filling it…

Be more alive, and you will be more Divine.

Be totally alive,

and there is no death for you…







(  Words : OSHO )

One Minute…







                            It is difficult to live in the present,
                                      ridiculous to live in the future

                                                               and impossible to live in the past.
                                                 Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

                                                                                                       ~ ` ~ Unknown







Black & white…


               “Color is everything,

                                          black and white is more.    


                                                                    ~`~ Dorninie Rouse




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                  “To see in color is a delight for the eye    

                          but to see in black and white is a      

                              delight for the soul.” 

~`~ Andri Cauldwell




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                    “I’ve been forty years discovering that    


                                              the queen of all colors is black.” 


                                                                                                     ~`~ Henri Mattise




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                 “One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this:  

                  in black and white you suggest;    

                               in color you state  .     

                             Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty…          

                       absolute certainty.”                                 

                                          ~`~ Paul Outerbridge




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               “Black and white are the colors of photography.


                 To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to


                        which mankind is forever subjected.”                                               

                                                                               ~`~  Robert Frank



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The world is in color

                       you have to work at B& W

                                                        ~`~  Andrew Maclean



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              Black and white are the colors of photography.


                                To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair


                                                        to which mankind is forever subjected.

                                                                                                                ~`~ Unknown



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                                               Black & white (photography) frees up the photographer to see the 
                                           World & recreate it in a fresh way, shifting the image from
                                                 “How it looked to” how it felt.”

                                                                                       ~`~ Gregory Heisler




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                      Life is like a good B&W photograph,


                                              there ‘s black , there’s white &

                                                                                 lots of shades in between


                                                                                                        ~`~ Karl Heiner



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Shadow & Soul…






                           “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, 

                                      in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

                                                                                                            ~`~ Pablo Neruda





A Hug…



           Hugging is the ideal gift.

               Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive,

                    shows you care, comes with its own wrapping and,

                    of course, is fully returnable. Hugging is practically perfect.

                       No batteries to wear out, inflation-proof, nonfattening,

                        no monthly payments, theft-proof and nontaxable.”


                                                                         ~~ Unknown



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                       “Hugs are a means of transferring energy to

                         another person who is dear to you.

                    This will replenish depleted energy

                         at any time particularly when a dear person is sick.”
                                                                                     ~~ Unknown




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                          “Hugs are to pull two

                               people closer together

                          but why is it that you can never see the other

                             person’s expression when it happens?”

                                                                ~~ Unknown





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                                           My favorite place to

                                                                     be is inside of your


                                                                         hugs where it’s warm and loving.”



                                                                                                                ~~  unknown




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                                        “As long as you hold me,

                                                         I am safe from all harm.”


                                                                                                      ~~ Unknown






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                                             “Hugs are great,
                                        but when they are from the
                                  people you care most about,
                          it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!”
                                           ~~ unknown
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                              “Sometimes it’s better to put
                                love into hugs than to
                                          put it into words.”
                                                                        ~~ Unknown
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Be Soft…

                                                 Be soft; don’t let the world make you hard.
                                                                              Do not let pain make you hate.
                                              Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.
                                                                       Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
                                                You still believe it to be a


                                              B E A U T I F U L …place

                                                                                       ~~ Anonymous



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A Tree…

          A tree says: My strength is trust.

                 I know nothing about my fathers,

               I know nothing about the thousand children that

              every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed 

          t o the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me.

                             I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.


~~ Hermann Hesse



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                I never saw a discontented tree. 

                       They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though

                    fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.

                                    They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,

                               going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day

                                    and through space heaven knows how fast and far!

                                                             ~ ~   John Muir


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                Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly

                        away without either inviting them to stay

                          or desiring them never to depart.

                                          If your heart can be like this,

                                                   you will be near to the way..

                                                                            ~~ Zen saying



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                 “Love the trees until their leaves fall off,

                                            then encourage them to try again next year.”

                                                                                             ~~ Chad Sugg



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(  A  Ficus mollis  tree )



                                     Be selective in your battles.



                                         Sometimes peace is better than being right.


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   “Choose your battles wisely.

                        After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight.

                  It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction.

                        Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.” 


                                                        C.JoyBell C




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                            “Teach not the lip such scorn,


                                        for it was made for kissing”


                                                                           ~ ~ William Shakespeare



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Being loved…



                                                                “Valentines day- a day to celebrate

                                                                                       loving and being loved “


                                                                                                                        ~ ~ Jane Goodall 



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                    It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb

                       that wear you out;

                                  It’s the pebble in

                                              your shoes.”


                                                            ~ ~ Mohammed Ali



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(Place : “yanna Malai”  A.K.A The elephant hill.  In my home town Madurai . India )









I don’t like formal gardens.

I like wild nature.

It’s just the wildness instinct in me,

I Guess.

~~ Walt Disney


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“There are four Qs that are of value in life,
                             What is sacred?

                                 Of what is the spirit made?

                              What is worth living for?
                             What is worth dying for?
                                          The answer to each is the same…

                                                                        L  O  V  E…
                                                                     ~~ Johnny Depp



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Mind seeing…



  I shut my eyes in order to see…

                    The poet, the painter, or the photographer who is locked into only the visual phenomena

                               may miss the heart of what was actually being experienced…



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                Internationalization closes


                                   many doors…



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                   Do not go where the path may lead,

                              go instead where there is no path and leave a trail


                                                                    ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



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                  Enjoy the mystery .

                        All the good stuff is hidden in the dark corners.


                                            It’s what gives life a sense of vitality…



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                The brush paints by itself,

                     the dance dances itself,

                             the poem writes itself.

                              There is no longer a gap between artist, subject,

                                      audience, and life…



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              Just see, just hear, just taste,

                just touch, just smell,

                just see a thought without the need to give it a name or identity.

                      This way of perceiving will then begin to translate


                         into the way you express yourself through your art…



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   Only that day dawns to which we are awake


                                     ~`Henry David Thoreau



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              Develop the ability to experience things directly, without evaluation.

                           You will be able to see, hear fell taste, smell…

                    As your attentiveness and awareness increase with practice….

                              you will begin to notice little things that you have been seeing everyday

                                   but barely noticed in passing…




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  Only that day dawns

                          to which we are awake


                                     ~`Henry David Thoreau



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Each one of us is n artist

   Whether we realize it or not…



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              When you learn to trust yourself implicitly,

                    you no longer need to prove something

                                  through your art…



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  If the energy is really flowing freely,

                   the brush paints by itself. the camera pictographs,…

                                    .the sculpture forms…the words write… 



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              To be nothing…to want nothing…

                     to do nothing…

                                      it has to be experienced…



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( Words: zen arts, Minor white, Ryoken, Zen creativity…)


    Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful new year…:-) 




   Travelers  ,

                           There are no paths…


                                    Paths are made by 



                                                                       ~~  Antonio Machado



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( location : walking after crossing( swimming ) the Ramganga river @ Corbett  national park, India )

Enjoy listening…


I am somewhat of a bullshitter

my self…

but occasionally I enjoy

listening to an expert (s )..

Please carry on !!



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check your mind

Be on your guard

Pull yourself out

as an Elephant from mud…

                   ~~ Buddha



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If the mud ain’t flying

You ain’t trying…



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Go through the mud

They said

It isn’t deep

they said…



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wish your daddy

could mud 

like mine ??



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The world is 

Mud luscious


puddle wonderful…



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If you pray

for rain

be prepared for 

some mud…



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make mud

not war…



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(words: internet posters…)

A drop…






You  are not a drop 

in the ocean


You are the entire Ocean,


In a drop   ” 



                   ~~ Rumi 




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              “How inappropriate to call this planet earth

                     When it is quite clearly Ocean “


                                                ~` Arthur .c. Clarke



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Life is always beautiful,

just find where you stand &

enjoy it…



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Every wave has a

story to tell….



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In a drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans….

in one aspect of you

are found all the aspects of existence “

                                 ~~ khalil Gibran



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Walking by the ocean…

following birth and death…




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Dreaming big….




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The wonder of nature

with it’s infinite form & colors ,

the sages call : Illusion “

                                        ~~ Upanishads



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( location : The Andaman, Havelock, Neil islands…India )





                      Think about it . Light , where would we be without it ? 

           Light we can capture it.

                          It is light that reveals,

                      Light that obscures,

                            Light that communicates.

                                       It is light I “listen ” to.

                                                                      ~~ Louis Daguerre 





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(On world photography day August 19th )

Living rocks -Jain hill – Aritapati


                                                Silence and Self-control is non-violence.

~~~ Lord Mahavira


     Half a mile to the north west of the village of Arittapatti is a hillock called Kalinjamalai

( Arittapatti  village is Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu, In India )

Arittapatti was to be a flourishing Jaina centre until the
Ninth century…
This is confirmed by the period rock carving of a seated Tirthankara, canopied by a triple umbrella over his head; 



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Non-injury to all living beings is the only religion.” (first truth of Jainism) “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.”

“This is the quintessence of wisdom; not to kill anything. All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable Law. Therefore, cease to injure living things.”

“All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.”
                      Yogashastra (Jain Scripture) (c. 500 BC)” 




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On the eastern face of the hill is a cavern with a drip-ledge cut into the outer face of the rock. 

On the brow of the cave is found a Bramhi  inscription which has been dated to between the second and first century B.C.

The inscription, engraved as a single line with 33 letters and running for 3.10 metres, reads as follows: ilanjiy vel mapparavan makan emayavan nalmuzhaukai kotupithavan.

It means, “Emayavan, son of Mapparavan, chief of Ilanji, has caused the carving of this auspicious cave.”


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“Mahavira proclaimed in India that religion is a reality and not a mere social convention.

  It is really true that salvation can not be had by merely observing external ceremonies. 

Religion cannot make any difference between man and man.”

                                                               ~~~Rabindranath Tagore


Jain Thirthankara sculpture is carved out with engravings  below.


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We learn from scriptures (Sashtras) and commentaries that Jainism is existing from beginningless time. 

This fact is indisputable and free from difference of opinion. 

There is much historical evidence on this point.”

                                         ‑‑ Lokamanya Bala Gangadhar Tilak



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The beautiful   rock formations   was what which drew me to this place…

do take a look at my post     Balance...    here


These rocks hide some deep meaning ..

only our eyes need to see  them…



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These rocks give you a Religious sense of Awe…



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The silence is very real….

You can feel it..





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Seemingly close enough to reach out

and touch…




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They don’t talk..

and that’s what I like about them…



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each rock has a story to tell…



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( Source: Jain heritage site; The Hindu )





                        Each Elephant has an individual personality__

                                                    It has Joy,

                                                          It has grief,

                                                                         It has communication….




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                    ” What I dream of is

                             an art of      balance…”

                                                        ~~ Henri Matisse




Life is     Balance….



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Everything that you see as life…



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                   Everything that you see as yourself is






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                  only when it is in





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    Your body, 

               Your thoughts….


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Your emotions…



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Everything is beautiful…

      only if it is    Balance…




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                  Balance    IS  


~~ Miyoko ohno



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(words : jaggi Vasudev )

Black or White…



Now I   believe in Miracles

  And a miracle ..

 Has happened..

It don’t matter if you’re

 Black or White…. ( Micheal Jackson )



   The  T I  G E R …is the symbol of power,

   Unbridled, elemental.



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And he lives alone,

unblemished, unmarred..




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The more you know about him,

the more he gets into your imagination….



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( words : Billy Arjan Singh )


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