Sriram Janak – Photography

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Wise man…


 A wise man


                         Once said 






Silence within…



Lead the mind…





By the mind…





bring it to silence…





In the quiet…






state of mind…





when all the sound..





ripples cease…







The job is done…





( location: Eravikulam National Park , Kerala, South India )

(Words : Adapted from an article by  Bramachari Chaitanya )

He & I

When words run dry,

     he does not try,

   nor do I.


 We are on par .

He just is.

   I just am

   & we just are.

                          ~ ` ~  Lang Leav





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 )





If you are 




   ~ ` ~  Joseph Campbell 






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

the sky…

Like the sun, happiness is often hidden by

the clouds of thoughts & worries…





You have to scatter &dissolve the clouds to

experience it…






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

your memories...






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 &

constant thinking…







...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

constant thinking

& worries…






Do not let worries 










Location : Samanar Hills ( Jain hills) keelakuilkudi, Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. India (

Words: adapted from an article by  Remez Sasson



I heard…


One day I stopped, I listened and

              I heard the most beautiful sound

                    …My soul.

                                               ~ ` ~ Zen

















     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

                              one home.

               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






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






  It’s a love 



                the unknown

                                                       ~ ` ~ Osho







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






                 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









 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






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,





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 )


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 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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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 )









“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…:-) 








                      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 )






                    ” 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 )





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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                      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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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…





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.







The other person Is Y O U …


Recognise that the


other person is Y O U














Day will break…



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.


~~Rabindranath Tagore







              ” The little ear,


                            like the map of India,


                             were cocked forward listening to the only sounds


                               that mattered….


                               The call of  the mother…”


                                                               ~~j.H williams





Standing still…




”   …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


                                                                    and uncomplicated..





                                                   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…”






     “….so  silent    &   so alive that his

                                        Silence     is a song ,


                                  that this song is nothing but

                                       his    Silence..…”

~~~  Osho


There are moments   in life when


  some kind of magic happens..


This is one of them…..








                      ” Spirit… always stands still……


                                   long enough for the photographer it has chosen “


~~ M inor White





                       S P I R I T …..


                                 ……it was allowing me to be in it’s presence





                             S P I R I T …….


                           It allowed me to photograph…posing , still & dignified…..




where the   S P I R I T   


                                   does not work with hand….there is no art ”


                                                                                     ~~~~ Leonardo  da  Vinci




Trust   the    S P I R I T ..

.even if we can’t explai

  W H Ywe do …..W H A T ...we do…





                            ”   The state of mind of the photographer while

                                creating is a blank….(but ) it is a very active state

                             of mind really, a very receptive state of mind, ready

                                        at an instant to grasp an image, yet with no image

                                                        pre-formed in it at any time. “

                                                                                   ~~~~ Minor white

    Every blade of grass has it’s angel that bends over it & whispers,

                                               Grow …grow……………………….                       

                                                                                ~~~~The Talmud


  A fallen  F L o W e R ….

              returning to the branch

     it was a B U T T e  F L Y……


                           Only our eyes need to see

                             where  …there is a

                                 M  E  A N I N G…..

                     O f t e n ……. we overlook ….


                 Without looking forward to tomorrow………

                               T H I N K …….of this moment……

T R U E …. strength

                                      I s …Delicate……

                  ” When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity,

                               your very efforills you with activity ”   

                                                                                             ~~~~Jianzhi Sengca