From the clamor of crowds I flee,
my heart seeks
The kind of silence that would
mesmerize speech itself.
~ ` ~ An Urdu poem
Art is the journey of
~ ` ~ Alev Oguz
take your journey
change your body
U don’t have a soul
you are a soul
You have a body
~ ` ~ C.S Lewis
Quiet the mind
the soul will
~ ` ~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
In a world where
everyone wears a
It’s a privilege to see
~ ` ~ Anon
You have a
You were born to be a fisherman as the
fish was born to be a
You loved him when
and you loved him
Fishing kills me exactly
as it keeps me
( words: Ernest Hemingway ~ ` ~ The old man & the sea )
~ ` ~ Rumi
The deep layers
of art contains
the soul of the
~ ` ~ Vladimir Kandelaki
There is no greater
than to know who you
~ ` ~ osho
Art is both love and friendship and
the desire to give.
It is not charity, which is the giving
It is more than kindness, which is
the giving of self.
It is both taking and giving of beauty, the turning
out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness
of the spirit.
It is the recreation on another plane of
the realities of the world;
The tragic and wonderful realities of earth
and all the interrelations
(words: Ansel Adams)
A wise man
If you are
~ ` ~ Joseph Campbell
There is something fierce &
terrible in me,
eligible to burst forth.
I dare not tell it in
~ ` ~ Walt Whitman
Being with you & not
being with you
is the only way I
have to measure
~ ` ~ Jorge Luis Borges
On a cloudy day, the clouds hide the sun,
but the sun is always there in
Like the sun, happiness is often hidden by
the clouds of thoughts & worries…
You have to scatter &dissolve the clouds to
All you have to do is calm down your mind &
feelings, because when there is a quiet mind
& inner peace, happiness emerges
from within you…
You don’t have to create happiness, because though
you may not believe it, it is a part of your
essence , but is just hidden…
…happiness is there within you.
just calm your mind & stay relaxed...
…what you need to do is strive not to allow
your feelings get upset by
Inner peace & happiness are inter connected.
you want more happiness ?
Learn to calm your mind make
it less restless…
It is an inseparable part of your consciousness,
of your essence, & comes out
where your mind
is free from disturbing &
...when the mind gets quiet you experience the
happiness in you…
...the treasure is there , whether you see it
or not. so is happiness.
…it is always here , only hidden by
Do not let worries
Location : Samanar Hills ( Jain hills) keelakuilkudi, Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. India (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samanar_Hills)
Words: adapted from an article by Remez Sasson
Witness & stand back
that is the first step to
~ ` ~ Sri Aurobindo
One day I stopped, I listened and
I heard the most beautiful sound
~ ` ~ Zen
Souls recognize each
Where ever you
be the soul
of the place.
~ ` ~ Rumi
Friendship is composed
of a single soul.
~ ` ~ Plautus
live without love.
You are a spirit , you
have a soul and you
live in a body.
~ ` ~ Pedro Okoro
( Picture : Indian Gaur )
May be you are searching
among the branches
for what only appears
in the roots.
~ ` ~ Rumi
If art is to nourish the roots of our
culture, society must set the artist free to
follow his vision wherever it takes him.
~ ` ~ john. F. Kennedy
Everything you see has its
roots in the unseen
The forms may change, yet the essence
remains the same.
~ ` ~ Rumi
You can have more than
You can carry your roots with you & decide
where they grow.
~ ` ~ Henning Mankell
Each person leaves a legacy — a single,
small piece of herself, which makes richer
each individual life & the collective life of
humanity as a whole.
~ ` ~ Unknown
To be rooted is perhaps
the most important
and least recognised need
of a human soul.
~ ` ~ Simone Weil
It’s a love
~ ` ~ Osho
I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant.
An elephant is faithful,
one hundred percent.
~ ` ~ Dr Seuss
When you Breathe ,
Y O U
T R E E
Happy Earth Day…
Every day is E A R T H day
…I see within your heart
where no masks are
A spirit waiting to be set free
as it always meant to be…
` ~ ` Mary Merrell
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
life and death
~ ` ~ Dejan Stojanovic
Surrender is the
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
I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible non- believer.
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
You sometimes think
you want to
disappear, but all
you really want
is to be
~ ` ~ Yakkida
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
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 !!!
World Rhino Day.
( Indian one horned Rhino….Kaziranga national park…India )
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 )
“Color is everything,
black and white is more.
~`~ Dorninie Rouse
“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
“I’ve been forty years discovering that
the queen of all colors is black.”
~`~ Henri Mattise
“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…
~`~ Paul Outerbridge
“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
The world is in color
you have to work at B& W
~`~ Andrew Maclean
Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair
to which mankind is forever subjected.
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
Life is like a good B&W photograph,
there ‘s black , there’s white &
lots of shades in between
~`~ Karl Heiner
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
~`~ Pablo Neruda
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
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
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
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off,
then encourage them to try again next year.”
~~ Chad Sugg
( A Ficus mollis tree )
Be selective in your battles.
Sometimes peace is better than being right.
“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.”
“Valentines day- a day to celebrate
loving and being loved “
~ ~ Jane Goodall
It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb
that wear you out;
It’s the pebble in
~ ~ Mohammed Ali
(Place : “yanna Malai” A.K.A The elephant hill. In my home town Madurai . India )
“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
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…
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Enjoy the mystery .
All the good stuff is hidden in the dark corners.
It’s what gives life a sense of vitality…
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…
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…
Only that day dawns to which we are awake
~`Henry David Thoreau
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…
Only that day dawns
to which we are awake
~`Henry David Thoreau
Each one of us is n artist
Whether we realize it or not…
When you learn to trust yourself implicitly,
you no longer need to prove something
through your art…
If the energy is really flowing freely,
the brush paints by itself. the camera pictographs,…
.the sculpture forms…the words write…
To be nothing…to want nothing…
to do nothing…
it has to be experienced…
( Words: zen arts, Minor white, Ryoken, Zen creativity…)
Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful new year…:-)
“ You are not a drop
in the ocean
You are the entire Ocean,
In a drop ”
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
(On world photography day August 19th )
” What I dream of is
an art of balance…”
~~ Henri Matisse
Life is Balance….
Everything that you see as life…
Everything that you see as yourself is
only when it is in
Everything is beautiful…
only if it is Balance…
~~ Miyoko ohno
(words : jaggi Vasudev )
If they breath they live….
If they live they feel….
If they feel they love….
If they love they are aware…
If they are aware ..
They have a SOUL….
( words : Anthony Douglas Williams )
” If you cannot enjoy your own company,
who else is going to enjoy it ..”
From silence emerges
and everything returns
Just like …
everything emerges ..
and goes …
Back to darkness….
E very blade of grass has its angel
that bends over it and whispers,
“grow , Grow “
~~ The Talmud
“ The beast which passeth all others
in wit & mind “
to understand them…
Just intellect is not enough…
To Understand them…
you will have to go on the same path they traveled…..
To understand them …
it is essential to understand what they feel….
To understand them…
without including their emotions is not right…
” Every art has its mystery
its Spiritual rhythm”
~~ D.T Suzuki
is usually associated with the darker side of life….
In religion & art , mystery is light itself …its the life blood that pumps through true religion & artistic practice…….”
“…Mystery is the itch that you can’t Scratch ,
the driving force of spiritual & creative
” Mystery is the seed of
” having a spiritual meaning that is neither apparent to
the senses nor obvious to the intellect .
It is direct subjective communication with ultimate reality…”
( words : John Daido Loori )
Sharing your blissfulness is the only charity.
Sharing your joy is the only gratitude.
Existence has given you too much, share it.
The more you share the more you will have it
The less you share the less you will have it.
If you don’t share it you won’t have it at all.
Recognise that the
other person is Y O U
Let me not grope in vain in the dark
but keep my mind still in the faith
that the day will break
and the truth will appear
in it’s simplicity.
” The little ear,
like the map of India,
were cocked forward listening to the only sounds
The call of the mother…”
” …every creature on the face of the earth seems to know how to be quiet and
but we seem to have lost the ability just to be quiet, to simply be
present in the stillness that is the basis of our existence……”
~~john daido loori
Stillness is very natural
it is incredibly
“…still , calm ,even
in the midst of chaos……”
” To be still means…
to empty yourself from the incessant flow of thoughts
and create a state of consciousness that is open and
” The stilled mind is like a mirror.
It doesn’t process ; it just reflects.
at any moment it is free…”
” Nothing that grieves us can be called little : by eternel laws of propotions
a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown
are events of the same size…”
~~ Mark Twain
Pain is inevitable..suffering optional
it points out to us …….
what we are holding on to the most …..
Every thing changes , yet what is most
true & real always remain…
Rather than thinking of liberation at a some future time…
Let go.… of little things , one at a time…
The R O C K S …..They are visible ..but invisible…
This happens .only when you put your whole energy into it…
You start looking into the inside of things….then a rock is not ..just a rock
When I saw this rock, the first thing that stuck me was they that they were friends…brothers ?…probably
S O U L M A T E S …
May be it was one rock …which became three… over the years…
You can feel they are Breathing.…& that it is
looking at you…
I touched it and I could feel it was
I touched it and could feel its
I touched it …could feel it was
There is a great deal …it does not
There is life here …ready to be
The words comes from the very heart of it…
It comes from its very
The moment you start listening to
You will hear what is being said more importantly
There are no use of words….but
Gaps in between…
When you have become fully alert & there is no
‘ Hearing is possible for everybody ; listening is possible
only for those who are silent…”