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There is no greater 


than to know who you


~ ` ~ osho






Burst forth…


There is something fierce &

terrible in me,

eligible to burst forth.

I dare not tell it in


                         ~ ` ~ Walt Whitman



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





To Love…

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









The torn boughs trailing

O’er the tusks…aslant

The saplings reeling in the path

He trod,

Declares his might- our lord

The Elephant

Chief of the ways of


~ ` ~ Tom Alter









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

                                                       ~ ` ~ Dr Seuss




New course…



We lead our lives like water flowing

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


( At corbett National park, India )





A mother’s love for her child is like

                              nothing else in the world.

                   It knows no law, no pity

                                it dares all things & crushes

                     down remorselessly

                      all that stands in

                                 its path.

                                                                   ~ ` ~  Agatha Christie












  Being a full time mother

                             is one of the highest salaried jobs

                        in my field,

                    since the payment is

                                 pure love.


                                           ~ ` ~  Mildred B Vermont






A mum’s hug

                              lasts long after


                                              she lets go…








 A mother is not a person

                    to lean on,

                 But a person to make

                                      leaning unnecessary.

                                       ~ ` ~  Dorothy canfield Fisher








Stop Looking…



                   Stop looking for happiness

                              in the same place you

                                           lost it.
                                                      ~ ` ~ Unknown  






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  





Grey Visage…





                      “ There is mystery behind that masked grey visage,


                               and ancient life force, delicate and mighty,

                                                         awesome and enchanted,

                                commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks,

                                              great fires, and the sea.”

                                                                                                      ` ~ `      Peter Matthiessen,




                                     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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“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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check your mind

Be on your guard

Pull yourself out

as an Elephant from mud…

                   ~~ Buddha



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If the mud ain’t flying

You ain’t trying…



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Go through the mud

They said

It isn’t deep

they said…



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wish your daddy

could mud 

like mine ??



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The world is 

Mud luscious


puddle wonderful…



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If you pray

for rain

be prepared for 

some mud…



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make mud

not war…



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(words: internet posters…)






                        Each Elephant has an individual personality__

                                                    It has Joy,

                                                          It has grief,

                                                                         It has communication….




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                                  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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                 “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 )


Inner peace…



    ”   Do not let the behavior of others


                                                             destroy your inner peace.


                                                                                                                     ~~ Dalai lama


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                                    My wishes for a beautiful & peaceful New year…





               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 )


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 )


Makhna in musth…





” excitement , swiftness, odour, love, passion,

complete florescence of the body, wrath , prowess ,

and fearlessness are declared

to the  eight excellences of musth ”


~~~ matangalila






tuskless male elephants….






During musth the temporal gland


of the male swells and secretes a fluid….


During this period the males seek out and mate with cows.


Musth is sometimes described as


” an instinctive desire in the male elephants to fight and even kill, before mating ”






They are generally


big fellows with powerful trunks….





A big makhna is generally feared


by the members of any herd….





They seem to make up in size


of body & trunk for the lack of tusks &


are generally enormously powerful elephants….





It has been recorded that in the case


of a fight between a good sized tusker & a makhna…


the makhna snapped off one of the tusks of its


opponent with its trunk…





many males in musth also have a continual discharge or


dribble of urine , with damp patches on their hind legs…..







              ” 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





Tusker in rain…


    ” only that day dawns to


                                    which we are awake “


                                                                            ~~Henry David Thoreau


                                 I always wanted to photograph a Tusker in rain……

                                                               early  morning ride….

                                                we were just entering the forest through the bamboo thickets…..when

                                                   we heard  the sound of bamboo cracking….& the bamboo near the road swayed….


                                                        It was raining…   


                                                                           and I was praying….


                                                              the camera was ready…and we saw this handsome fellow emerge …






In the forest …

                                            they say everything happens suddenly &


                                                                                  all at once…





cutting off….   


    all speech…



                        cutting off…


                                                     all thoughts…






   He emerged…..









                    “…….the painter is in love with colours,

                                        The poet is in love with words…….”

                                                                 ~~~  Osho



                                                      and I was in love with this gentle gaint…











                      ” 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…




Unconditional love…


   “There are times in life , you can count them in minutes ,

                   when you experience an awareness far  greater than you usually

                                                                        Find in a whole year “



                                                           ~~ Dostoevsky

As soon as we started our   trip by boat…we sighted a herd of elephants. and started moving towards  them  immediately..We saw the herd moving towards the jungle…

       and went as fast as we could .

      We noticed there was one little baby which suddenly decided that it needed to sleep..!!…

                               We lost our hearts to this baby. the herd had no option but to stay put…& 

                                    we spent a glorious 2 hrs with this baby and the herd…..







These are moments…


I counted… and kept counting…









      A smell can carry a








       expressing care…. 






                                   This   IS 














               “….like humans , the animal should be permitted to speak its




                                                 own emotional language, which is up to the beholder to understand……….”






     That low nice















…” to understand animals …it is essential to


                                             understand what they  F E E L…..”








               There is a great deal…



                                           it does not speak…..