Sriram Janak – Photography

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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…:-) 





   Travelers  ,

                           There are no paths…


                                    Paths are made by 



                                                                       ~~  Antonio Machado



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( location : walking after crossing( swimming ) the Ramganga river @ Corbett  national park, India )

Enjoy listening…


I am somewhat of a bullshitter

my self…

but occasionally I enjoy

listening to an expert (s )..

Please carry on !!



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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…)


A drop…






You  are not a drop 

in the ocean


You are the entire Ocean,


In a drop   ” 



                   ~~ Rumi 




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              “How inappropriate to call this planet earth

                     When it is quite clearly Ocean “


                                                ~` Arthur .c. Clarke



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Life is always beautiful,

just find where you stand &

enjoy it…



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Every wave has a

story to tell….



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In a drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans….

in one aspect of you

are found all the aspects of existence “

                                 ~~ khalil Gibran



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Walking by the ocean…

following birth and death…




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Dreaming big….




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The wonder of nature

with it’s infinite form & colors ,

the sages call : Illusion “

                                        ~~ Upanishads



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( location : The Andaman, Havelock, Neil islands…India )






                      Think about it . Light , where would we be without it ? 

           Light we can capture it.

                          It is light that reveals,

                      Light that obscures,

                            Light that communicates.

                                       It is light I “listen ” to.

                                                                      ~~ Louis Daguerre 





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(On world photography day August 19th )


Living rocks -Jain hill – Aritapati


                                                Silence and Self-control is non-violence.

~~~ Lord Mahavira


     Half a mile to the north west of the village of Arittapatti is a hillock called Kalinjamalai

( Arittapatti  village is Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu, In India )

Arittapatti was to be a flourishing Jaina centre until the
Ninth century…
This is confirmed by the period rock carving of a seated Tirthankara, canopied by a triple umbrella over his head; 



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Non-injury to all living beings is the only religion.” (first truth of Jainism) “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.”

“This is the quintessence of wisdom; not to kill anything. All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable Law. Therefore, cease to injure living things.”

“All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.”
                      Yogashastra (Jain Scripture) (c. 500 BC)” 




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On the eastern face of the hill is a cavern with a drip-ledge cut into the outer face of the rock. 

On the brow of the cave is found a Bramhi  inscription which has been dated to between the second and first century B.C.

The inscription, engraved as a single line with 33 letters and running for 3.10 metres, reads as follows: ilanjiy vel mapparavan makan emayavan nalmuzhaukai kotupithavan.

It means, “Emayavan, son of Mapparavan, chief of Ilanji, has caused the carving of this auspicious cave.”


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“Mahavira proclaimed in India that religion is a reality and not a mere social convention.

  It is really true that salvation can not be had by merely observing external ceremonies. 

Religion cannot make any difference between man and man.”

                                                               ~~~Rabindranath Tagore


Jain Thirthankara sculpture is carved out with engravings  below.


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We learn from scriptures (Sashtras) and commentaries that Jainism is existing from beginningless time. 

This fact is indisputable and free from difference of opinion. 

There is much historical evidence on this point.”

                                         ‑‑ Lokamanya Bala Gangadhar Tilak



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The beautiful   rock formations   was what which drew me to this place…

do take a look at my post     Balance...    here


These rocks hide some deep meaning ..

only our eyes need to see  them…



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These rocks give you a Religious sense of Awe…



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The silence is very real….

You can feel it..





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Seemingly close enough to reach out

and touch…




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They don’t talk..

and that’s what I like about them…



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each rock has a story to tell…



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( Source: Jain heritage site; The Hindu )






                        Each Elephant has an individual personality__

                                                    It has Joy,

                                                          It has grief,

                                                                         It has communication….




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                    ” What I dream of is

                             an art of      balance…”

                                                        ~~ Henri Matisse




Life is     Balance….



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Everything that you see as life…



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                   Everything that you see as yourself is






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                  only when it is in





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    Your body, 

               Your thoughts….


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Your emotions…



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Everything is beautiful…

      only if it is    Balance…




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                  Balance    IS  


~~ Miyoko ohno



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(words : jaggi Vasudev )


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 )


Living rocks -Jain hill – Keelakuyilkudi


Climbing over the zenith of the Rocky Mountains,

I caught my first glimpse of this bass relief,

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

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

you can see some of the photos here..

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

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

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

Many stone statues and other artifacts are present in these hill

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

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

“ Living rocks“…

I will start this series  with…

Jain hill  at Keelakuyilkudi


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Also Theerthangarar figures are seen near the spring at

the cave at the top of hillock.

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Ancient inscriptions are seen below these figures.

Central Archaeological department preserves this hill.

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

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

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Speaking rocks….

you just need to touch them…

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

are 3 Theerthangarar and 2 Iyyakki Bas -relief figures

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The smoke…



   I know , I know we’ll never forget

                                                     Smoke on the water & fire in the sky.

                                            smoke on the water…..

                                                                               ~~ Deep purple


                                                                                                                          MOSI– OA — TUNYA



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                                                                              Also known as the



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




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                                                                ” The most wonderful sight 


                                                                                                      I had witnessed in Africa “


                                                                                                                                           ~~ Dr David Livingstone



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                                                      He heard the roar 


                                                                                     still miles away……



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                        the spray from the falls rises to a 

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


                                                                                                                      is visible up to 50 km away !



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                                                                   The spray shoots upward   


                                                                                                            like inverted rain….



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                                                                  Its nearly 2 k m wide…



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                                       Life is too short …..

                                                         not to be in the most exciting places in the 




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                                                 Nature has it’s own way of scripting 



                                                                                                                                    her story….



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                                                I shut my eyes…


                                                                        wishing it would never end…


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                                    Every thing in this world 


                                                                         is beautiful…


                                                                                             E V E R Y T H I N G…



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( Victoria falls– Aerial shots from a chopper ) 






                                  Just  A reminder …


                                                             not to judge..


                                                                     another’s journey…


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



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Baby & I…


Dear Friends…

It’s exactly one year since I started my blog  

Living with a damaged skull

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

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

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

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

This post is for you my friends…


Take care

Sriram Janak



     A wee bit of heaven

                               Drifted down from above—

                            A handful of happiness,A heart full of love…

                       The mystery of life,

                              So sacred and sweet—

                                      The giver of joy,

                                    So deep & complete.

                        Precious & priceless,

                   So lovable, too –

                     The world‘s sweetest miracle,

                               Baby, is YOU..

                                                         ~~ Helen Steiner Rice

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                  Mommy says

                                            I am cute….

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                       If you think

                                                        I am cute….

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                                  You should see my


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                        I may be small..

                                        But I am the Boss…

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                          Babies are the link

                         Between angels & man

                                                               ~~ unknown

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                         A baby is god’s opinion that

                                                                   the world should go on…

                                                                               ~~ Carl Sandburg

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                                    Sometimes the smallest bundles bring

                                                                 The greatest joy…

                                                  ~~  Unknown

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                         Every baby needs

                                                               A lap…

                                                                     ~~ Henry Robin

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                               Sometimes the smallest things shine

                                          brightest in our lives…

                                                                                             ~~ unknown

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                              Some times It’s the smallest things that

                                                                take up the most room in our


                                                                                            ~~ Winnie the pooh

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If they breath they live….



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If they live they feel….




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If they feel they love….



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If they love they are aware…



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If they are aware ..



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They have a  SOUL….



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( words : Anthony Douglas Williams )


Own company



                         ”  If you cannot enjoy your own company,


                                                               who else is going to enjoy it ..”


                                                                                                                            ~~ OSHO


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Really look…


                    When You


                           Really look …


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For me……


                        You will



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                          See me





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( words : Kabir dass )




      Learn to be in the present,

                    withdraw your energy from

                            the past . Don’t waste your

                        time in Memories , what is


                          gone is gone__say goodbye

                                        to it & close the chapter.


                                                                                        ~~~    Osho


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                  Do no dwell in the past,

                                      do not dream of the future,


                                                          concentrate the mind on

                                             the present moment..


                                                                                      ~~~~ Buddha


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                          Don’t let yesterday use up too much


                                                                                                of today.


                                                                                                    ~~~  Cherokee Indian Proverb


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                                   In the carriages of the past 


                                                  you can’t go anywhere.. 


                                                                              ~~~ Maxim Gorky


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                             The living moment


                                                 is everything


                                                                                 ~~ D. H . Lawrence


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                         Its not what if…

                                                               It’s what now 


                                                                                         ~~~ unknown


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                                  what you are is what you have been.

                                                What you’ll be is what you do now.


                                                                                                            ~~~ Buddha


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                 “In decency ,


                             Vulgarity , Obscenity


                                are strictly confined to man ;


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                                      he invented them.


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     Among the higher animals, 


                                      there is no trace of them “



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( words : Mark Twain )





Moving away from Nature …

I am presenting  something different..



      There is no special teaching:

      The most ordinary things in our daily


                     Life hide some deep meaning that is yet

                        Most plain and explicit; only our eyes


                                                 Need to see where there is a meaning…


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                   There is nothing to achieve, nor to go

just let life flow.



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                     “The silence has its language:


                                        knows to be understood.”




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


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                         Without rejecting,


                                       or obtain
only in deep contemplation.


                                                   Here and now!


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                    Not knowing

                                      It is the most


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                       Zen is live everyday life

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



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                Silence is something that comes from your heart,

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

                            means that nothing disturbs you inside you,

                            there is no internal conversation…

                                    The practice consists of finding silence in everything you do…



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

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The hatred with non-violence, beat”

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


                                       All we need is love &heart


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


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                                                 Not he meditates to get something

                                                  He meditates to get rid of everything.



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



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






                is a five letter




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                                                                                T  .  I   . G   .  E  .  R



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                      From silence emerges





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                        and everything returns


                                                                                   To silence…..




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                                        Just like …


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                                                   everything emerges ..



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                         and goes …



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                                     Back to darkness….




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Walk away…


                  Don’t turn round

                            ‘Cause you’re gonna see my heart


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

                                                     Just walk away….

                                                 It’s tearing me apart you are


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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…




                   Many rivers to Cross


                              And it’s only my will that keeps me alive


                                        I ‘ve been licked, washed up for years


                                    And I merely Survive because of my pride


                                                    Many rivers to Cross……


                                                                                                                  ~~ Jimmy Cliff








                      Every child is born with trust.

                         You came with trust

                               trust was there ,

                                        trust is there,

                                       trust will be there…..



You are trust…







 You think the shadow is the substance:

                so to you the substance has become a cheap toy.

               Wait until the day when that substance

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

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






E very blade of grass has its angel



                     that bends over it and whispers, 


                                          “grow , Grow “

                                                                                         ~~  The Talmud







          ” Until lions have their historians ,


                               tales of the hunt shall always glorify the humans.”


                                                                                                        ~~ African Proverb







               To follow the path

                               Look to the master

                                      Follow the master

                              Walk with the master

                        See through the master

                                        Become the master


                                                                                ~~ zen 










                    A child said : ‘ what is the grass ? ‘


            Fetching it to me with full hands.

            How could I answer the child ? I do not

                                   Know what it is any more than he.

                                                                                           ~~ Whitman 







                                  …grass is probably a good thing ,


                       providing a home for crickets and ladybirds

                                                     and other small creatures.


                                                   It  wouldn’t  be much fun living on a planet where grass could not grow….


                                                                                                                                                            ( ~~ Ruskin bond )





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


                                                      I ‘d choose this:


                                                                                        ~~ Katy Payne 



                          The torn boughs trailing


                                                                    O’er the tusks aslant,






                  The saplings reeling in



                                                  the path he trod …






                declares his might —



                                    Our lord the Elephant





chief of the ways of god…











( poem by : John Lockwood Kipling )


Whisper a wish…

As the Indian Legend goes;


    Whisper a wish to a butterfly,

since a butterfly can make no sound,



the butterfly cannot reveal….





The wish to anyone but the great spirit.





In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom,


The great spirit always grants the wish…





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


   The butterfly its freedom…






  The wish will be taken to the heavens








Be Granted…..




Understand them…




The beast which passeth all others


                                                                       in wit & mind “



                                                                         ~~ Aristotle





                              to understand them…




                      Just intellect is not enough…






                                          To Understand them… 



                                                                      you will have to go on the same path they traveled…..







                        To understand them … 





                                                it is essential to understand what they feel….









                        To understand them…



                                                         without including their emotions is not right…





Inner sun…



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


               which can make a day much brighter.


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








                     Even your inner colors change as the patterns of



                  your inner self dance to a new rhythm in life.



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


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






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



             their notes in the song of the universe.







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



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






You listen to the silent song of my 







( words : Michael J . Roads )


Heaven’s gate…

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


    •                    Again




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


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





(  Poem :     by Christine B. 1966 )


Better day…

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


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


~~ Craig David






 ” Every art has its   mystery 

                               its Spiritual rhythm”

                                                       ~~ D.T Suzuki





is usually associated with the darker side of life….


  In religion & art , mystery is light itself …its the life blood that pumps through true religion & artistic practice…….”









Mystery              is the itch that you can’t Scratch , 


     the driving force of spiritual & creative 








  ” Mystery is the seed of 











   ” having a spiritual meaning that is neither apparent to

the senses nor obvious to the intellect .


It is direct subjective communication with ultimate reality…” 






( words : John Daido Loori )


Mother’s love…


“God could not be everywhere & therefore he made mothers “

                                        ~ A Jewish proverb


                   There is nothing like mother’s love


                            and animal kingdom are no exception…


                                                       I was blessed to see this beautiful lioness‘s love for her cubs…..






Mother loins lick their cubs clean,

                   an essential step in the bonding process…



                                 mama don’t mess up my mane !




 MOMS  know that keeping babies clean can be a full time job.



                         ”  All  mothers are working mothers “





Whether you are an only child or a triplet….


                                 there is no one like MOM…


                             ” A moment in my tummy…


                                              A lifetime in my Heart..”




MOM snuggles her baby….


                       ” youth fades ; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;


                            A mother’s secret hope outlives them all “


                                                                  ~~ Oliver Holmes





” My mother had a great deal of trouble with me


                                                     but I think she enjoyed it “


                                                           ~~ Mark Twain




Always with MOM….


                               ‘ The best medicine in the whole world


                                                     is a Mother’s Kiss….”





                     ” when you were small & just a touch away,



                          I covered you with blankets, against the cold night air,


                                       but now that you are tall & out of reach ,


                                             I fold my hands & cover you

                                                                            with Prayer..”


                                                                       ~~ Dona Maddux Cooper



                          We love you Mom…


                            ” sweater & garment worn by child when


                             it’s mother is feeling chilly “


                                                          ~~ Ambrose Bierce





                              ” who ran to help me when


                                              I fell , or Kissed the place to make it Well “


                                                                              ~~ Ann Taylor




             ” A mother understands


                               what a child does not Say…”


                                                                 ~~ A Jewish Proverb 





Sharing your blissfulness is the only charity.


Sharing your joy is the only gratitude.


Existence has given you too much, share it.






The more you share the more you will have it


The less you share the less you will have it.

If you don’t share it you won’t have it at all.












is safety…





Is soul…





Is naked….







Is where my truth lies…






Is where I can get into…






Is home

my home….

my home….

Oh My home….



( words : Rivera…)


No ripples…



The pond stood still


No ripples



To grow lilies


We must leave it dirty




The water invites the frogs


Croaking singing now every night





To grow lilies in the still pond


We must create an entire world



Create a






is this how it all began ?

to grow lilies

( words : Divyam Surabhi )


Brave enough…


Who is brave enough


to tell the LION


that his breath smells….


~~ African Proverb





Above the clouds…



I heard it


in my sleep


calling me softly




it was


my mother


speaking from her grave




my son !


there is no heaven


above the clouds.







yes, heaven is in your heart.


( words : Don Mettera )




Spreading itself


over mountain tops…..







Promting us to travel beyond limits….




Two Hearts…



Two Hearts, in their own

world, Beating for each other,

with great reverence. !


~~ Aakruti





The birds around me……


Their thoughts I cannot measure……





But the least motion which they made


It seemed a thrill of pleasure…..


~~( william Wordsworth )





The other person Is Y O U …


Recognise that the


other person is Y O U














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…..




Not the flower but the Fragrance…


You ask me ,


” can you tell us what is the purpose of creation ? ”





The world has never been created.


It has always been here ,


it is eternal.




There is no creator of the world :


God is not the creator of the world …





god is the

very creative energy of existence —


creativity rather than a creator.




He is not the poet but



the poetry…




Not the dancer


but the dance….





not the flower but


the fragrance…





~~~~~The Dhammapada

( the way of Buddha )


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