Sriram Janak – Photography

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I smell with my ears





I taste with my eyes





I see with my hands






I touch with my tongue





I hear with my nose





I know 

I am in my senses now.





( Poem : Kabir das < location : Kodaikanal, a small hill town near Madurai, Tamil nadu, South India )





 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

















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,




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






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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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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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…:-) 




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 )


Living rocks -Jain hill – Keelakuyilkudi


Climbing over the zenith of the Rocky Mountains,

I caught my first glimpse of this bass relief,

which is arguably the most beautiful of its kind, in southern India.

And right then, right there, I was hooked…..Actually I  had fallen in love with the rock formations  around Madurai

you can see some of the photos here..

I live in madurai , a city ,in the state of Tamil nadu , in the south of India.

It is famously known as the temple city  or the Athens of the east.
Madurai is surrounded by several mountains.  Madurai city has 3 hills as its city boundary.

Yanaimalai, Nagamalai, Pasumalai named after Elephant, Snake and Cow respectively.

Many stone statues and other artifacts are present in these hill

I have been exploring these hills alone and with friends for the past year or so.

I will share photos of these  beautiful statues , inscriptions and the rock formations on these hills in the series

“ Living rocks“…

I will start this series  with…

Jain hill  at Keelakuyilkudi


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An 8 feet high Theerthangarar figure with an inscription at its foot is seen

at the cave known as in the southern part of the hillock.

(Jain scriptures define the term tirthankara as follows: the contrivance which help to cross the great ocean of worldly life is called Tirtha and the person who makes that tirtha is known as tirthankara )

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The most beautiful bas-relief of the Tirthankara in Madurai ( if not in Tamil nadu )

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A Jain temple prospered here from 1st century to 10th century with large number of students.

It remained as a worship place for Jains during 8th century.

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Tamil-Brahmi (  )    script on a boulder on the hill’s terrace.

The script is engraved on the boulder in which a drip-ledge has been cut and

beds excavated on the rock floor for the Jain monks to rest .

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Also Theerthangarar figures are seen near the spring at

the cave at the top of hillock.

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Ancient inscriptions are seen below these figures.

Central Archaeological department preserves this hill.

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Archaeologists consider that once a Theerthangarar temple should have been present at the top of this hillock.

Kings, landlords and village heads had supported this Jain temple. 

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Speaking rocks….

you just need to touch them…

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in the southern part of the hillock. Inside the cave there

are 3 Theerthangarar and 2 Iyyakki Bas -relief figures

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The smoke…



   I know , I know we’ll never forget

                                                     Smoke on the water & fire in the sky.

                                            smoke on the water…..

                                                                               ~~ Deep purple


                                                                                                                          MOSI– OA — TUNYA



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                                                                              Also known as the



                                                                                         S M O K E    T H A T  T H U N D E R S




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                                                                ” The most wonderful sight 


                                                                                                      I had witnessed in Africa “


                                                                                                                                           ~~ Dr David Livingstone



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                                                      He heard the roar 


                                                                                     still miles away……



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                        the spray from the falls rises to a 

                                                            height of over 400 m–sometimes even twice as high & 


                                                                                                                      is visible up to 50 km away !



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                                                                   The spray shoots upward   


                                                                                                            like inverted rain….



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                                                                  Its nearly 2 k m wide…



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                                       Life is too short …..

                                                         not to be in the most exciting places in the 




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                                                 Nature has it’s own way of scripting 



                                                                                                                                    her story….



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                                                I shut my eyes…


                                                                        wishing it would never end…


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                                    Every thing in this world 


                                                                         is beautiful…


                                                                                             E V E R Y T H I N G…



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( Victoria falls– Aerial shots from a chopper ) 






                                  Just  A reminder …


                                                             not to judge..


                                                                     another’s journey…


                                                                           To do yours in your own P a c e….



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Baby & I…


Dear Friends…

It’s exactly one year since I started my blog  

Living with a damaged skull

I started with my first post.”unconditional love” .(. elephants babies…

And I thought It would be appropriate to  celebrate this I st anniversary  with another post about them …

 My thanks to all my blogger friends who have supported me through out…..taken time to be here with me and also  like /comment on my posts..

The past one year has been a great learning experience  for me and I also did damage my skull ( literally  ).. 🙂 .which I hope makes me better in the coming years… :-).

This post is for you my friends…


Take care

Sriram Janak



     A wee bit of heaven

                               Drifted down from above—

                            A handful of happiness,A heart full of love…

                       The mystery of life,

                              So sacred and sweet—

                                      The giver of joy,

                                    So deep & complete.

                        Precious & priceless,

                   So lovable, too –

                     The world‘s sweetest miracle,

                               Baby, is YOU..

                                                         ~~ Helen Steiner Rice

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                  Mommy says

                                            I am cute….

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                       If you think

                                                        I am cute….

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                                  You should see my


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                        I may be small..

                                        But I am the Boss…

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                          Babies are the link

                         Between angels & man

                                                               ~~ unknown

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                         A baby is god’s opinion that

                                                                   the world should go on…

                                                                               ~~ Carl Sandburg

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                                    Sometimes the smallest bundles bring

                                                                 The greatest joy…

                                                  ~~  Unknown

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                         Every baby needs

                                                               A lap…

                                                                     ~~ Henry Robin

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                               Sometimes the smallest things shine

                                          brightest in our lives…

                                                                                             ~~ unknown

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                              Some times It’s the smallest things that

                                                                take up the most room in our


                                                                                            ~~ Winnie the pooh

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If they breath they live….



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If they live they feel….




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If they feel they love….



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If they love they are aware…



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If they are aware ..



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They have a  SOUL….



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( words : Anthony Douglas Williams )


Own company



                         ”  If you cannot enjoy your own company,


                                                               who else is going to enjoy it ..”


                                                                                                                            ~~ OSHO


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Really look…


                    When You


                           Really look …


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For me……


                        You will



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                          See me





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( words : Kabir dass )




      Learn to be in the present,

                    withdraw your energy from

                            the past . Don’t waste your

                        time in Memories , what is


                          gone is gone__say goodbye

                                        to it & close the chapter.


                                                                                        ~~~    Osho


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                  Do no dwell in the past,

                                      do not dream of the future,


                                                          concentrate the mind on

                                             the present moment..


                                                                                      ~~~~ Buddha


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                          Don’t let yesterday use up too much


                                                                                                of today.


                                                                                                    ~~~  Cherokee Indian Proverb


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                                   In the carriages of the past 


                                                  you can’t go anywhere.. 


                                                                              ~~~ Maxim Gorky


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                             The living moment


                                                 is everything


                                                                                 ~~ D. H . Lawrence


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                         Its not what if…

                                                               It’s what now 


                                                                                         ~~~ unknown


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                                  what you are is what you have been.

                                                What you’ll be is what you do now.


                                                                                                            ~~~ Buddha


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                 “In decency ,


                             Vulgarity , Obscenity


                                are strictly confined to man ;


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                                      he invented them.


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     Among the higher animals, 


                                      there is no trace of them “



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( words : Mark Twain )





Moving away from Nature …

I am presenting  something different..



      There is no special teaching:

      The most ordinary things in our daily


                     Life hide some deep meaning that is yet

                        Most plain and explicit; only our eyes


                                                 Need to see where there is a meaning…


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                   There is nothing to achieve, nor to go

just let life flow.



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                     “The silence has its language:


                                        knows to be understood.”




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                    Don’t look for anything
Life is now
Time passes.


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                         Without rejecting,


                                       or obtain
only in deep contemplation.


                                                   Here and now!


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                    Not knowing

                                      It is the most


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                       Zen is live everyday life

                                  enjoy this moment without attachment.
This time is the only thing that exists



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                Silence is something that comes from your heart,

                     not from the outside. Does not mean not to mention,

                            means that nothing disturbs you inside you,

                            there is no internal conversation…

                                    The practice consists of finding silence in everything you do…



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                            “If you’re going to walk, walk.
If you’re going to eat, eat.
He lives simple.
                    Make your life a ritual

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The hatred with non-violence, beat”

                  defeat the evil with goodness,
conquer the miser with a gift
“and a liar with truth” Buddha


                                       All we need is love &heart


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                There is no hurry
Every place is here
all times
It is now.


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                                                 Not he meditates to get something

                                                  He meditates to get rid of everything.



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I support you;
you I lean.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.



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“being happy is simple how difficult is to be simple”….






                is a five letter




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                                                                                T  .  I   . G   .  E  .  R



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                      From silence emerges





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                        and everything returns


                                                                                   To silence…..




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                                        Just like …


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                                                   everything emerges ..



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                         and goes …



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                                     Back to darkness….




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Walk away…


                  Don’t turn round

                            ‘Cause you’re gonna see my heart


                                        Don’t turn around I don’t want you see me cry

                                                     Just walk away….

                                                 It’s tearing me apart you are


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(words : Ace Of Base )




                      Every child is born with trust.

                         You came with trust

                               trust was there ,

                                        trust is there,

                                       trust will be there…..



You are trust…







 You think the shadow is the substance:

                so to you the substance has become a cheap toy.

               Wait until the day when that substance

                     freely unfolds its wings.
                       Then you will see the mountains become as soft as wool,
                              and this earth of heat and ice b

                              become as nothing;
                          you will see neither the sky nor the stars,
                     nor any existence but God – the One, the Living, the Loving.






E very blade of grass has its angel



                     that bends over it and whispers, 


                                          “grow , Grow “

                                                                                         ~~  The Talmud







          ” Until lions have their historians ,


                               tales of the hunt shall always glorify the humans.”


                                                                                                        ~~ African Proverb







               To follow the path

                               Look to the master

                                      Follow the master

                              Walk with the master

                        See through the master

                                        Become the master


                                                                                ~~ zen 








  ” To use silence so well:  If I could choose for people one attribute of Elephants,


                                                      I ‘d choose this:


                                                                                        ~~ Katy Payne 



                          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 god…











( poem by : John Lockwood Kipling )


Whisper a wish…

As the Indian Legend goes;


    Whisper a wish to a butterfly,

since a butterfly can make no sound,



the butterfly cannot reveal….





The wish to anyone but the great spirit.





In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom,


The great spirit always grants the wish…





   So , according to legend, by making a wish & giving


   The butterfly its freedom…






  The wish will be taken to the heavens








Be Granted…..




Understand them…




The beast which passeth all others


                                                                       in wit & mind “



                                                                         ~~ Aristotle





                              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…





Inner sun…



   As I walked on my way, I realized that it is not only the sun


               which can make a day much brighter.


                How is it that we deny ourselves an inner sun, shinning through the silent words of








                     Even your inner colors change as the patterns of



                  your inner self dance to a new rhythm in life.



               This must now be part of your daily movement: to recognize, greet, and


             listen to all forms of nature, from the lowly moss to the greatest tree.






                     All share in he one life , all dance to tha same rhythm , all blend



             their notes in the song of the universe.







    We rejoice, our brother, for soon that song will blend  into your pattern of color ,



      and the doors of a new and deeper sharing will be thrown wide open…






You listen to the silent song of my 







( words : Michael J . Roads )


Heaven’s gate…

    • There is a place, or so I’m told,
    •                   With Landscapes lovelier than gold,
    •                                  And all who enter will never grow old–


    •                    Again




  •              There’s only one door to this land so fair,
  •                                  Enter with a true heart, a dream and a prayer,


  •                                     And only love can bring you there —
  •                                                                              For love is the only key.  





(  Poem :     by Christine B. 1966 )


Better day…

I’m walking away from the troubles in my life,


I’m walking away oh to find a better day …’


~~ Craig David






 ” 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.












is safety…





Is soul…





Is naked….







Is where my truth lies…






Is where I can get into…






Is home

my home….

my home….

Oh My home….



( words : Rivera…)


No ripples…



The pond stood still


No ripples



To grow lilies


We must leave it dirty




The water invites the frogs


Croaking singing now every night





To grow lilies in the still pond


We must create an entire world



Create a






is this how it all began ?

to grow lilies

( words : Divyam Surabhi )