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…)
Wherever crows are, there is magic.
They are symbols of creation & spiritual strenghth….
They remind us to look for oppurtunities to
create & manifest the magic of life.
They are messengers calling to us…
about the creation & magic…
that is alive within our world everyday & available to us.
words : Ted Andrews , Animal Speak
Take something irregular,rough-hewn,
off-kilter,incomplete…and it’s all the more desirable
for it’s flaws…
~ ` ~ Oliver Burkeman
( Alamparai Fort..(ruins) chennai, India,
Alaramparai lies on the east coast called the coramandal coast,
served as fort as well as sea port in ancient tamilnadu.
the existing ruined fort and dock yard was built by
the muslim rulers during the
18th century A.D. )
“ 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
Every day is a new day.
It is better to be lucky…
but I would rather be exact.
Then when luck comes
you are ready…
To hell with
I ‘ll bring the luck
My big fish must be
As wave is driven by
The world breaks everyone..
some are strong at
the broken place…
But man is not made
of defeat …
a man can be destroyed..
Men go fishing all their
its not the fish
they are after
(~ ` ~ Henry David )
Fishing is much more than
It is the great occasion when we may
return to the fine simplicity
of our forefathers…
( ~ ` ~ Herbert Hoover )
( Words: Ernest Hemingway )
A wise man
Lead the mind…
By the mind…
bring it to silence…
In the quiet…
state of mind…
when all the sound..
The job is done…
( location: Eravikulam National Park , Kerala, South India )
(Words : Adapted from an article by Bramachari Chaitanya )
On GLOBAL TIGER DAY…
No one will protect what they don’t
care about ; & no one will care about
what they have never experienced.
~ ` ~ David Attenborough
( At Kanha National park, central India )
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 )
There is something fierce &
terrible in me,
eligible to burst forth.
I dare not tell it in
~ ` ~ Walt Whitman
Being with you & not
being with you
is the only way I
have to measure
~ ` ~ Jorge Luis Borges
On a cloudy day, the clouds hide the sun,
but the sun is always there in
Like the sun, happiness is often hidden by
the clouds of thoughts & worries…
You have to scatter &dissolve the clouds to
All you have to do is calm down your mind &
feelings, because when there is a quiet mind
& inner peace, happiness emerges
from within you…
You don’t have to create happiness, because though
you may not believe it, it is a part of your
essence , but is just hidden…
…happiness is there within you.
just calm your mind & stay relaxed...
…what you need to do is strive not to allow
your feelings get upset by
Inner peace & happiness are inter connected.
you want more happiness ?
Learn to calm your mind make
it less restless…
It is an inseparable part of your consciousness,
of your essence, & comes out
where your mind
is free from disturbing &
...when the mind gets quiet you experience the
happiness in you…
...the treasure is there , whether you see it
or not. so is happiness.
…it is always here , only hidden by
Do not let worries
Location : Samanar Hills ( Jain hills) keelakuilkudi, Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. India (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samanar_Hills)
Words: adapted from an article by Remez Sasson
Souls recognize each
Where ever you
be the soul
of the place.
~ ` ~ Rumi
Friendship is composed
of a single soul.
~ ` ~ Plautus
live without love.
You are a spirit , you
have a soul and you
live in a body.
~ ` ~ Pedro Okoro
( Picture : Indian Gaur )
How impossible it is to walk though the forest
~ ` ~ Zen
Stop looking for happiness
in the same place you
~ ` ~ Unknown
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
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
“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
H O N K H O N K H O N K….
Make some N O I S E for the
R H I N o S !!!
World Rhino Day.
( Indian one horned Rhino….Kaziranga national park…India )
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,
“ 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,
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 )
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
“Color is everything,
black and white is more.
~`~ Dorninie Rouse
“To see in color is a delight for the eye
but to see in black and white is a
delight for the soul.”
~`~ Andri Cauldwell
“I’ve been forty years discovering that
the queen of all colors is black.”
~`~ Henri Mattise
“One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this:
in black and white you suggest;
in color you state .
Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty…
~`~ Paul Outerbridge
“Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to
which mankind is forever subjected.”
~`~ Robert Frank
The world is in color
you have to work at B& W
~`~ Andrew Maclean
Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair
to which mankind is forever subjected.
Black & white (photography) frees up the photographer to see the
World & recreate it in a fresh way, shifting the image from
“How it looked to” how it felt.”
~`~ Gregory Heisler
Life is like a good B&W photograph,
there ‘s black , there’s white &
lots of shades in between
~`~ Karl Heiner
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
~`~ Pablo Neruda
Hugging is the ideal gift.
Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive,
shows you care, comes with its own wrapping and,
of course, is fully returnable. Hugging is practically perfect.
No batteries to wear out, inflation-proof, nonfattening,
no monthly payments, theft-proof and nontaxable.”
“Hugs are a means of transferring energy to
another person who is dear to you.
This will replenish depleted energy
at any time particularly when a dear person is sick.”
“Hugs are to pull two
people closer together
but why is it that you can never see the other
person’s expression when it happens?”
My favorite place to
be is inside of your
hugs where it’s warm and loving.”
“As long as you hold me,
I am safe from all harm.”
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
A tree says: My strength is trust.
I know nothing about my fathers,
I know nothing about the thousand children that
every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed
t o the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me.
I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.
~~ Hermann Hesse
I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though
fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
~ ~ John Muir
Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly
away without either inviting them to stay
or desiring them never to depart.
If your heart can be like this,
you will be near to the way..
~~ Zen saying
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off,
then encourage them to try again next year.”
~~ Chad Sugg
( A Ficus mollis tree )
Be selective in your battles.
Sometimes peace is better than being right.
“Choose your battles wisely.
After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight.
It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction.
Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.”
“Teach not the lip such scorn,
for it was made for kissing”
~ ~ William Shakespeare
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
“There are four Qs that are of value in life,
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for?
What is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same…
L O V E…
~~ Johnny Depp
I shut my eyes in order to see…
The poet, the painter, or the photographer who is locked into only the visual phenomena
may miss the heart of what was actually being experienced…
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Enjoy the mystery .
All the good stuff is hidden in the dark corners.
It’s what gives life a sense of vitality…
The brush paints by itself,
the dance dances itself,
the poem writes itself.
There is no longer a gap between artist, subject,
audience, and life…
Just see, just hear, just taste,
just touch, just smell,
just see a thought without the need to give it a name or identity.
This way of perceiving will then begin to translate
into the way you express yourself through your art…
Only that day dawns to which we are awake
~`Henry David Thoreau
Develop the ability to experience things directly, without evaluation.
You will be able to see, hear fell taste, smell…
As your attentiveness and awareness increase with practice….
you will begin to notice little things that you have been seeing everyday
but barely noticed in passing…
Only that day dawns
to which we are awake
~`Henry David Thoreau
Each one of us is n artist
Whether we realize it or not…
When you learn to trust yourself implicitly,
you no longer need to prove something
through your art…
If the energy is really flowing freely,
the brush paints by itself. the camera pictographs,…
.the sculpture forms…the words write…
To be nothing…to want nothing…
to do nothing…
it has to be experienced…
( Words: zen arts, Minor white, Ryoken, Zen creativity…)
Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful new year…:-)
There are no paths…
Paths are made by
~~ Antonio Machado
( location : walking after crossing( swimming ) the Ramganga river @ Corbett national park, India )
I am somewhat of a bullshitter
but occasionally I enjoy
listening to an expert (s )..
Please carry on !!
check your mind
Be on your guard
Pull yourself out
as an Elephant from mud…
If the mud ain’t flying
You ain’t trying…
Go through the mud
It isn’t deep
wish your daddy
like mine ??
The world is
If you pray
be prepared for
(words: internet posters…)
“ 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 )
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 )
Now I believe in Miracles
And a miracle ..
It don’t matter if you’re
Black or White…. ( Micheal Jackson )
The T I G E R …is the symbol of power,
And he lives alone,
The more you know about him,
the more he gets into your imagination….
( words : Billy Arjan Singh )
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
It’s exactly one year since I started my blog
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 ..”