Stories Washed Ashore…
Sometimes when I
think of life,
I feel like a
piece of driftwood…
on a shore…
like a driftwood…
No address, nothing…
just no more
A sea of possibilities…
beyond twilight zones…
( kovalam beach, Chennai, India)
(words from Harukami , Tuhin roy, Avinash , quotes…)
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 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
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
To be Found
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
The moment in between what you once were,
and who you are becoming
is where the
dance of life
~ ` ~ 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
the secret of
` ~ ` Lao Tzu
That the mind
` ~ ` Lao Tzu
Nothing in all
so like god
` ~ ` Meister Eckhart
Learning how to
to really be still
and let life happen–
that stillness becomes a
` ~ ` Morgan Freeman
Even when in the midst
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
` ~ ` Jordan Dane
Please also take a look at my other post..https://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/speaking-rocks/
( location : Aritappati village…near Madurai. Tamil Nadu,
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
“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
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; 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
“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 )
I don’t like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It’s just the wildness instinct in me,
~~ Walt Disney
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 ”
“How inappropriate to call this planet earth
When it is quite clearly Ocean “
~` Arthur .c. Clarke
Life is always beautiful,
just find where you stand &
Every wave has a
story to tell….
“ 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
Walking by the ocean…
following birth and death…
“The wonder of nature
with it’s infinite form & colors ,
the sages call : Illusion “
( 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
(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
This is confirmed by the period rock carving of a seated Tirthankara, canopied by a triple umbrella over his head;
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)”
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.”
“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.”
Jain Thirthankara sculpture is carved out with engravings below.
“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
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…
These rocks give you a Religious sense of Awe…
The silence is very real….
You can feel it..
Seemingly close enough to reach out
They don’t talk..
and that’s what I like about them…
each rock has a story to tell…
( Source: Jain heritage site; The Hindu )
Each Elephant has an individual personality__
It has Joy,
It has grief,
It has communication….
” 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 )
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
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 )
The most beautiful bas-relief of the Tirthankara in Madurai ( if not in Tamil nadu )
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.
Tamil-Brahmi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 .
Also Theerthangarar figures are seen near the spring at
the cave at the top of hillock.
Ancient inscriptions are seen below these figures.
Central Archaeological department preserves this hill.
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.
you just need to touch them…
in the southern part of the hillock. Inside the cave there
are 3 Theerthangarar and 2 Iyyakki Bas -relief figures
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
Also known as the
S M O K E T H A T T H U N D E R S
” The most wonderful sight
I had witnessed in Africa “
~~ Dr David Livingstone
He heard the roar
still miles away……
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 !
The spray shoots upward
like inverted rain….
Its nearly 2 k m wide…
Life is too short …..
not to be in the most exciting places in the
Nature has it’s own way of scripting
I shut my eyes…
wishing it would never end…
Every thing in this world
E V E R Y T H I N G…
( Victoria falls– Aerial shots from a chopper )
Just A reminder …
not to judge..
To do yours in your own P a c e….
Baby & I…
It’s exactly one year since I started my blog
Living with a damaged skull
I started with my first post.”unconditional love” .(.https://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/babys-day-out/)..about 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…
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
I am cute….
If you think
I am cute….
You should see my
I may be small..
But I am the Boss…
Babies are the link
Between angels & man
A baby is god’s opinion that
the world should go on…
~~ Carl Sandburg
Sometimes the smallest bundles bring
The greatest joy…
Every baby needs
~~ Henry Robin
Sometimes the smallest things shine
brightest in our lives…
Some times It’s the smallest things that
take up the most room in our
~~ Winnie the pooh
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 ..”
Really look …
You will …
( 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.
Do no dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on
the present moment..
Don’t let yesterday use up too much
~~~ Cherokee Indian Proverb
In the carriages of the past
you can’t go anywhere..
~~~ Maxim Gorky
The living moment
~~ D. H . Lawrence
Its not what if…
It’s what now
what you are is what you have been.
What you’ll be is what you do now.
“In decency ,
Vulgarity , Obscenity
are strictly confined to man ;
he invented them.
Among the higher animals,
there is no trace of them “
( 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…
There is nothing to achieve, nor to go
just let life flow.
“The silence has its language:
knows to be understood.”
Don’t look for anything
Life is now
only in deep contemplation.
Here and now!
It is the most
Zen is live everyday life
enjoy this moment without attachment.
This time is the only thing that exists
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…
“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
There is no hurry
Every place is here
It is now.
Not he meditates to get something
He meditates to get rid of everything.
I support you;
you I lean.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.
“being happy is simple how difficult is to be simple”….
is a five letter
T . I . G . E . R
From silence emerges
and everything returns
Just like …
everything emerges ..
and goes …
Back to darkness….
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
(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
you will see neither the sky nor the stars,
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
” 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
“ 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…
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 )
- There is a place, or so I’m told,
- With Landscapes lovelier than gold,
- And all who enter will never grow old–
- 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 )
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 where my truth lies…
Is where I can get into…
Oh My home….
( words : Rivera…)