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Who Am I …?

I am That  I am..

I am that which I have created myself to be.

                             ~ ` ~ The Gita

 

 

 

 

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I am the answer you were not

expecting…

 

 

 

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I exist 

As I am.

That is enough.

             ~ ` ~ Walt Whitman

 

 

 

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of

all

wisdom.

       ~ ` ~ Aristotle

 

 

 

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Many have an Image of me.

Few get the

picture…

 

 

 

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I regret opening up to 

some people.

They didn’t deserve to 

know me like that.

    ~ ` ~ Gold-Kushkloudz

 

 

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Wondering on 

myself,

by myself,

for myself…

 

 

 

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I am a thinker

Not a talker…

 

 

 

 

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I have travelled 

through madness

to 

find me…

 

 

 

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Don’t ask 

anyone 

but me,

about me…

 

 

 

 

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I am shy at first but…

I do the stupidest random

things when I 

get comfortable

with someone…

 

 

 

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hate being

Shy…

 

 

 

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Never have I dealt with 

anything more

difficult than my

own soul…

 

 

 

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You don’t know me…

I put back my pieces,

differently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( words: Internet )

Advertisements

They Heal…

 

 

The ways of these

gentle giants &

 

how they
heal us are
mysterious…

 

 

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Heart seeks…

 

 

From the clamor of crowds I flee,
my heart seeks

 
The kind of silence that would

 
mesmerize speech itself.

 

 

                              ~ ` ~ An Urdu poem 

 

 

 

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To heal…

 

Connect with nature..”silence the mind”

&the soul will know what to do 

to heal itself…

 

The soul always knows what to do 

to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.

                       ~ ` ~ Caroline myss

 

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Healing doesn’t mean the damage never

existed.

It means the damage no longer controls

our lives.

                   ~ ` ~ Akshay Dubey

 

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Healing yourself is connected

with healing

others.

                 ~ ` ~ Yoko Ono

 

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Anything covered up

won’t get

healed…

 

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It has been said “time heals “all wounds.

I do not agree.The wounds remain.

In time , the mind , protecting the sanity , covers

them with scar tissue &  the pain lessens.

but it is never gone.

           ~ ` ~ Rose Kennedy

 

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As soon as healing takes place. 

go out & heal somebody else.

                     ~ ` ~ Maya Angelou

 

 

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Mourning is love with

no place to go…

 

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We do not heal the past by dwelling

there; we heal the past by living fully

in the present.

                                  ~ ` ~ Marianne Williamson

 

 

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some days the memories still

knock the wind out of 

me…

 

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Not all scars show

not all wounds heal

sometimes you can’t

always see the pain’

someone else feels…

 

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Your own healing is a powerful

contribution to the healing of

everyone…

 

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When you can tell your story &

it doesn’t make you cry, you

know you have healed…

 

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They say time heals all wounds , but 

that presumes the source of the 

grief is finite.

                             ~ ` ~ Cassandra Clare

 

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Sometimes your heart needs

more time to accept what

your mind already knows…

 

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Soul menders…

 

The way of these gentle giants..

&

how they heal us are

mysterious…

 

 

 

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They are some of the most 

accomplished

&

accessible

 

 

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healers we may

ever

meet…

 

 

 

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there is power that resides

in the heart of

species…

 

 

 

 

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that..is 

exponentially

higher than ..the power of any 

individual…

 

 

 

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The desire to know your

soul

will end all 

other desires.

                   ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

 

 

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My soul is my

guide.

                     ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

 

 

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( words adapted from; “Animals as healers “.. pictures taken at Kaziranga national park,India )


Art…

 

Art is both love and friendship and

 understanding:

the desire to give.

 

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It is not charity, which is the giving

of things.

 

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It is more than kindness, which is

the giving of self.

 

 

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It is both taking and giving of beauty, the turning

out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness

of the spirit.

 

 

 

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It is the recreation on another plane of

 the realities of the world;

 

 

 

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The tragic and wonderful realities of earth

and men…

 

 

 

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and all the interrelations

of these.

 

 

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(words: Ansel Adams)


Wise man…

 

 A wise man

 

                         Once said 

 

                                                      Nothing…

 

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Silence within…

 

 

Lead the mind…

 

 

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By the mind…

 

 

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bring it to silence…

 

 

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In the quiet…

 

 

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state of mind…

 

 

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when all the sound..

 

 

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ripples cease…

 

 

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The job is done…

 

 

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

(Words : Adapted from an article by  Bramachari Chaitanya )


Care about…

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

 

 

 

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( At Kanha National park, central India )


Time…

 

Being with you & not
being with you
is the only way I
have to measure
time.


~ ` ~ Jorge Luis Borges

 

 

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Happiness…

 

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…

 

 

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You have to scatter &dissolve the clouds to

experience it…

 

 

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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…

 

 

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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…

 

 

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happiness is there within you.

just calm your mind & stay relaxed...

 

 

 

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…what you need to do is strive not to allow

your feelings get upset by

your memories...

 

 

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Inner peace & happiness are inter connected.

you want more happiness ?

Learn to calm your mind make 

it less restless…

 

 

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It is an inseparable part of your consciousness,

of your essence, & comes out

where your mind

  is free from disturbing &

constant thinking…

 

 

 

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...when the mind gets quiet you experience the

happiness in you…

 

 

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...the treasure is there , whether you see it

or not. so is happiness.

 

 

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…it is always here , only hidden by

constant thinking

& worries…

 

 

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Do not let worries 

hide

your 

Happiness…

 

 

 

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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

 


Soul’s Freedom…

 

          Witness & stand back 
         from nature,
                 that is the first step to 

                                the soul’s 
                          freedom.

~ ` ~ Sri Aurobindo

 

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I heard…

 

One day I stopped, I listened and

              I heard the most beautiful sound

                    …My soul.

                                               ~ ` ~ Zen

 

 

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Soul…

 

 

     Souls recognize each 

other

by vibes…

not by 

appearances…

 

 

 

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Where ever you

stand

be the soul

of the place.

           ~ ` ~  Rumi

 

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Friendship is composed 

of a single soul.

Inhabiting 

two bodies.

        ~ ` ~  Plautus

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The soul

cannot 

live without love.

 

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You are a spirit , you 

have a soul and you

live in a body.

              ~ ` ~ Pedro Okoro

 

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( Picture : Indian Gaur )


I Exist…

 

  I exist as I am, that is enough,


if no other in the world be aware,
I sit content,


and if each and all be aware,


I sit content.


~ ` ~   Walt Whitman

 

 

 

 

 

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Roots…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     May be you are searching

                 among the branches

                for what only appears

                in the roots.

 

                                      ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

 

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  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

 

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              Everything you see has its

      roots in the unseen

                 world.

                  The forms may change, yet the essence

                                           remains the same.

                                                                  ~ ` ~ Rumi

 

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                You can have more than

                              one home.

               You can carry your roots with you & decide

                              where they grow.

                       ~ ` ~  Henning Mankell

 

 

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            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

 

 

 

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     To be rooted is perhaps

               the most important

                  and least recognised need

                  of a human soul.

                                                    ~ ` ~ Simone Weil

 

 

 

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Fade away…?

 

Life, it seems, will fade away

Drifting further every day

Getting lost within myself

Nothing matters, no one else…

 

No one but me can save myself, but it’s too late

Now I can’t think, think why I should even try…

 

    (~ ` ~ Metallica—fade to black)

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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Courage…

  It’s a love 

              affair 

                        with 

                the unknown

                                                       ~ ` ~ Osho

 

 

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Too Busy…

 

                              You should sit in meditation for
                         twenty minutes every
                 day – unless you’re too busy;
                          then you should sit for an hour.
                                                          ~ ` ~  Zen

 

 

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Chief…

 

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…

~ ` ~ Tom Alter

 

 

 

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Faithful…

 

 

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

                                                       ~ ` ~ Dr Seuss

 

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Forest…

         

 

 

                        How impossible it is to walk though the forest 

 

                                        without telegraphing

 

                                 your presence…

 

                                                                                  ~ ` ~  Zen

 

 

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   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

 

 

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Journey…

 

                            The journey to understand the

                               true nature of reality requires no paper map,

                         no metal compass, and no breadcrumb

                              left by others.

 

                                       The true journey is one that is travelled

                                           with an inner GPS fully activated,

                                  and a mind as open as a parachute

                                  … perfectly capable of landing exactly

                                                                             where you’re meant to be.

 

 

                                                        ` ~ ` Alex Brooks

 

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The Bud…

 

 

 

   And the day came when the risk 


to remain tight in a bud was more


painful than the risk


it took to blossom.


~ ` ~   Anais Nin

 

 

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Stop Looking…

   

 

                   Stop looking for happiness

 
                              in the same place you

 
                                           lost it.
                                                      ~ ` ~ Unknown  

 

 

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Merge…

 Memories of our childhood

                  are like images painted on

                        a wet canvas, they merge

                             until they lose all shape,

                      often remaining only as

                          feelings.

                                                     ~ ` ~  Brian Mynott

 

 

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 Eventually , all things

                        merge into one,

                         and a river runs through it

 

                                            ~ ` ~    Norman Maclean

 

 

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 In greatness,

                   life and death

                                merge.

                                              ~ ` ~   Dejan Stojanovic

 

 

 

 

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Surrender is the

                ultimate technique

                          to merge with

                                   existence

                                                 ~ ` ~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda

 

 

 

 

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  Thought that can merge

                                       wholly into feeling,

                               feeling that can merge

                     wholly into thought-

                            these are the artist’s highest joy

                                                         ~ ` ~   Thomas Mann

  

 

 

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 I merged so completely with

                                              love

                                             and was so fused

                                              that I became

                                        love

                                     and love became

                             me

–                                                  ~ ` ~   Rumi

 

 

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To be Found

 

 

 

 You sometimes think


you want to
disappear, but all
you really want
is to be
found
~ ` ~ Yakkida
 

 

 

 

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Cling to…

 

How we need another  S O U L 

 

                                                                to cling to.

                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath

 

 

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                                                                       You can only L O V E 

                                                                       What you cling to.

                                                                                  ~ ` ~   Buddha

 

 

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                                                                                            what did my arms

                                                                                do before they held

                                                                                                  Y O U .

                                                                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath

 

 

 

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The Moment…

 

The moment in between what you once were,

                      and who you are becoming

                          is where the

                                dance of life

                                       really begins.

                                                                                    ~ ` ~   Barbara Deangelis

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( Indian one horned Rhino….Kaziranga national park…India )


Stillness Speaks…

 

Be still

            stillness reveals

            the secret of

                eternity…

 

                      ` ~ `  Lao Tzu 

 

 

 

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           That the mind 

            is in

                      abysmal stillness…

 

                                        ` ~ `   Lao Tzu  

 

 

 

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            Nothing in all

                creation is 

                so like god

                   as

                   Stillness.

` ~ `  Meister Eckhart

 

 

 

 

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               Learning how to 

                  be still,

                to really be still

                  and let life happen–

                   that stillness becomes a

                      radiance…

 

                                         ` ~ `   Morgan Freeman

 

 

 

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                   Even when in the midst 

                   of disturbance,

                      stillness of the mind can 

                        offer

                    sanctuary..

 

                                      ` ~ `   Stephen Richards

 

 

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                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

                  completely,

                       I belong

                                         ` ~ `  Jordan Dane 

 

 

 

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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,

INDIA )

 


Alive…

It is beautiful to be

sensitive…

And if you are more

sensitive…

You will be more 

Alive…

 

 

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If you are more Alive,

then more life will

Enter your inner being.

You will be more

Open…

 

 

 

 

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You can eat things with out

tasting; it is not difficult…

But…it is beautiful to taste….

become the taste of the food…

 

 

 

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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…

 

 

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(  Words : OSHO )


One Minute…

 

 

 

                             

 

                         

                            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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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A Hug…

         

 

           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.”

 

                                                                         ~~ Unknown

 

 

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                       “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.”
                                                                                     ~~ Unknown

 

 

 

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                          “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?”

                                                                ~~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

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                                           My favorite place to

                                                                     be is inside of your

 

                                                                         hugs where it’s warm and loving.”

 

 

                                                                                                                ~~  unknown

 

 

 

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                                        “As long as you hold me,

                                                         I am safe from all harm.”

 

                                                                                                      ~~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

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                                             “Hugs are great,
                                        but when they are from the
                                  people you care most about,
                          it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!”
                                           ~~ unknown
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                              “Sometimes it’s better to put
                                love into hugs than to
                                          put it into words.”
                                                                        ~~ Unknown
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Mountain…

 

                    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 )

 

 

 

 

 


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…:-) 

 

 


walk…

   Travelers  ,

                           There are no paths…

 

                                    Paths are made by 

                                              Walking….

 

                                                                       ~~  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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Muddy…

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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Dontcha 

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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Ocean…

              “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….

    unlearning…

 

 

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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 )


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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But..

each rock has a story to tell…

 

 

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( Source: Jain heritage site; The Hindu )


Joy…

 

 

 

                        Each Elephant has an individual personality__

                                                    It has Joy,

                                                          It has grief,

                                                                         It has communication….

 

 

 

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Balance…

 

 

       

                    ” 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

 

 

                                                      beautiful…

 

 

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                  only when it is in

 

                                          Balance..

 

 

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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  

                                            Beautiful….

~~ 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..

https://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/speaking-rocks/

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 (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 .

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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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