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It is devotional practice to circumambulate around the galleries and terraces always turning to the left and keeping the edifice to the right while either chanting or meditating. In total, Borobodur represents the ten levels of a Bodhisattva's life which he or she must develop to become a Buddha or an awakened one.

 

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Dear friends,

 

it's been awhile... again :) but I didn't stop taking photos, I just worked hard on my new website for 2 months and which is finally online :-D *hurray*.

Take a look at it: www.lars-basinski.de — Devotional Fine Art Photography and visit also my facebook page ... a contest will start soon, where you can win a high quality print!

 

I hope that you all are alright and enjoying taking photos on a regular basis... and I hope also, that we can connect with each other soon.

 

God bless,

 

Lars-

 

Shot in The Hague's West Dune Park; beautifull sand dunes at about 3 km distance from city centre

Photo title inspired by Australian band 'The Triffids'

This picture is taken in suburbs of Simhachalam Temple in Vishakapatnam where i found it pretty much interesting to find people offering both coins as well as fruits/flowers along with their beliefs

Día de Muertos Michoacán 2011

Tirupati is one of the richest pilgrimage cities of any religious faith in the world.Its famous for Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara and draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage center in the world.Here an elderly woman is seen in a devotional touch after visiting the god and is deeply immersed towards her faith

Tirupati,India

Oil color on Yupo

40"x26"

2012

Devotional items store

 

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish

Darasa, Tanauan City, Batangas

 

May 13, 2010

Thank you for viewing. If you like please fav and leave a nice comment. Hope to see you here again. Have a wonderful day :blush:

 

Gangamatas Gaudiya matha (Bhakti Yoga Centre) in Walthamstow, London :gb:

10th August, 2018

Yeha [ይሐ], Tigray [ትግራይ ክልል], Ethiopia [ኢትዮጵያ]. Africa [አፍሪቃ].

Every day thousands of people are fed at the temple, by anyone who wishes to volunteer to do so, it is an act of devotional worship.

On sale inside one of the Great Chola Living Temples, in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Sepia -- a redbird seemingly in prayer!

 

See it framed and narrated along with the poem of prayer I was inspired to write for it here: © 2009 by: Teia -- 'Morning Devotional' -- Writing & Poetry:

 

Each morning I awake, singing songs of praise.

Giving thanks to you my Lord, for this new day.

For the breezes you create, giving lift to my wings.

Humbly remembering you for my nourishment, my care.

I bow to you in adoration, singing songs of praise.

 

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My wife asks why I have to get up at 4 a.m. in the morning. I tell her I need my morning coffee.

The Barkor is a popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. The walk was about one kilometre long and encircled the entire Jokhang, the former seat of the State Oracle in Lhasa called the Muru Nyingba Monastery, and a number of nobles' houses including Tromzikhang and Jamkhang. There were four large incense burners (sangkangs) in the four cardinal directions, with incense burning constantly, to please the gods protecting the Jokhang. The Tromzikhang market is busy in Barkhor, and the area is a major tourist attraction.

  

Barkhor Square and Jokhang Temple

Because the Jokhang Temple has been a symbolic center of Tibetan protest since 1987, the Barkhor has also seen many demonstrations. In 1989, when year the 14th Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize, pro-Dalai Lama residents threw tsampa around the Barkhor to celebrate. After the Central government denounced the prize, residents who continued such demonstrations were arrested. The square was briefly closed by riot police during the 2008 Lhasa violence.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkhor

March 07: Chennai, TN -Salvation Tour by Satguru Mata Ji

My devotional for today taken from "Jesus Calling, Enjoying

Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young, it was truly timely:

 

This is a time in your life when you must learn to let go: of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete. Take time to bask in the Light of My Love. As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care. You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of My continual Presence. The One who never leaves you is the same One who never changes: I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your

security, which no one and no circumstance can take from you.

 

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. - Psalm 89:15

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

 

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." - Isaiah 41:13

 

Thanking everyone for their prayers for my family

and wishing each of you a blessed Easter weekend!!!

Asakusa, Senso-ji, Tokyo.

Západ slunce na božích mukách

Brother Andrew shares today’s devotional...

 

At the time of the cruel persecution in the Soviet Union under Stalin, public meetings were regularly held in order to ridicule religion, the church and the priests. On one occasion the inhabitants of a town were summoned to the main square. From a platform on the square, a fluent 'scholarly’ atheist, who seemed to have many proofs against the Bible, God and the clergy addressed the public.

 

The crowd had listened silently. But when the local priest was called to the front to answer this brilliant oration, an uneasy muttering rippled through the crowd. The man went and stood close to the microphone and everyone held his breath. The tension could be cut with a knife, and you could hear a pin drop. What would his answer be?

 

We shall never know what went on in the heart of this man - his fear, his prayer - but at last his voice could be heard, resounding through the loudspeakers, not only to the crowd, but also to a large part of the city, “Khristos voskrese!” Christ is risen!

 

For one split second there was silence. A shudder went through the crowd and then, as a blazing testimony to the priest and to the atheist opponent, the cry broke out, unanimous and powerful, “Voistinu voskrese!” The Lord is risen indeed!

 

That was a bad day for atheistic propaganda in Russia. It was also a bad day for the religious leaders in Jerusalem, nearly 2,000 years ago, because they had to bribe the soldiers with much money to get them to tell lies (Matthew 28:12-13). It was also a bad day for the guards who “became like dead men” (Matthew 28:4).

 

But it was a bad day especially for the devil because if he had known this, he “would not have crucified the Lord of Glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8).

  

© 2010 Open Doors International.

March 21: Mhasla, MH -Salvation Tour by Satguru Mata Ji

First Part of First Day Programme: Regional-level Nirankari Sant Samagam, Kolkata

Copenhagen, Denmark

Devotional threads sold near a temple in India

A devotional statue of the Sto. Niño of Atocha that I'm still working on. Inspired by Mexican Retablos depicting the same subject.

Devotional candles beside the drinking fountain of Our Lady of Monte

no rules, no limitations, no boundaries it's like an art

"Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking."

(From “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand)

 

The Ath Sath Tirath around the holy pool of water next to Dukh Bhanjani Beri nearby the outer parikarma of the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) located in Armitsar in the Indian state of Punjab is one of my favourite devotional places in the world.

Each time I come there I spend hours watching the many pilgrims woshipping at the raised marble platform of the Shrine of the Sixty-Eight Holy Places.

According the Sikh tradition, bathing near the Shrine will fulfill the dreams of visiting the 68 holy places in India.

This graceful young lady came under the marble palanquin and I took a few pictures...

 

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February 19: Delhi -Satsang Programme in the divine presence of Her Holiness

Buddhism in Thailand is largely of the Theravada school. Nearly 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship. Thai Buddhism was based on the religious movement founded in the sixth century B.C. by Siddhartha , later known as the Buddha, who urged the world to relinquish the extremes of sensuality and self-mortification and follow the enlightened Middle Way...... The focus of this religion is on man, not gods; the assumption is that life is pain or suffering, which is a consequence of craving, and that suffering can end only if desire ceases. The end of suffering is the achievement of nirvana often defined as the absence of craving and therefore of suffering, sometimes as enlightenment. Like in most other Theravada nations, Buddhism in Thailand is represented primarily by the presence of Buddhist monks, who serve as officiants on ceremonial occasions, as well as being responsible for preserving and conveying the teachings of the Buddha.

 

Do Buddhists pray? Well Buddhist don't pray since they do not have a divine being to pray too. Meditation is 'mindfulness' that is watching your own minds, not trying to communicate with a higher one. Buddhist don't pray to a Creator God, but they do have devotional meditation practices which could be compared to praying. Buddhist prayer is a form of meditation. It is a practice of inner reconditioning. Buddhist prayer replaces the negative with the virtuous and points us to the blessings of Life. Photo taken at Wat Mathathat in the Historical park of Ayutthaya - Thailand.

 

Het overgrote deel van de Thaise bevolking, zo’n 90% à 95% is boeddhist. Men hangt aan het zogenaamde Teravada-boeddhisme. In het Theravada wordt meditatie benadrukt als een essentieel onderdeel van het pad naar verlichting, samen met moreel gedrag en wijsheid. Het brengen van een einde aan het lijden is het hoofddoel van het Theravada boeddhisme. De Boeddha legde verder een zeer gedetailleerde gedragscode voor de Monniken neer: de Vinaya. Over het algemeen worden monniken door de Boeddha aangemoedigd om wereldse aangelegenheden en passies achter zich te laten, zodat zij gemakkelijker in staat zijn een staat van vrede en wijsheid te bereiken, en sterke ongezonde emoties zoals haat, verlangen en lust te overwinnen. Een Monnik in z'n oranje gewaad, kaalgeschoren en met sandalen aan de voeten is niet meer weg te denken uit het straatbeeld van Thailand. Er wordt van iedere jongeman verwacht, dat zij een poosje (van een week tot enkele maanden) als monnik leven. Zo tussen hun schooltijd en hun werkende leven in. Het wordt beschouwd als een overgangsrite en zij verwerven op die wijze aanzien voor zichzelf en hun familie.

One of the temple in Ashtamath, Udupi

Blessings by Satguru Mata Ji, Delhi North, July 29 2017

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