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For all my flickr friends , No more wars ! .."all we are saying is give peace a chance" ! (The Beatels/ John Lennon/Paul McCarteny )

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Thanks jeloid for the texture (slightly modified).

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The Mantra Om Shanti means peace of mind, speech and body; I think if we could all be truly in peace and bring peace to our lives, our energy could travel so well to others, without words, becoming contagious. So we did not fear to use this sound, this sound to put all our love, our compassion, our desire to try to solicit or quiet, our will power to communicate peace.

 

Thank you my ftiends for your inspiration.

 

This one was taken in Mont Cornu: Switzeland : )))

  

Dedicated to : Ari Folman (Valse with Bashir. )

 

“Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.

Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.

This is the ultimate.”

(Chuang Tzu - The most significant of China's early interpreters of Taoism, 389-286 BC)

 

There was a huge traffic jam at the crossroad nearby my street in Varanasi (Benaras).

I took a few pictures of the action going on there and I saw this man centered on his task.

He seemed that he was not paying much attention to what was going on around, he was in the flow, accepting what he was doing.

Maybe he allowed his mind to be free...

I know that this particular shot of the Tsemo Namgyal Gompa from the Shanti Stupa has been done to death by nearly every visitor who has ever been to Leh with a camera..

 

But there is something compelling about the light and its effect on the surrounding mountains of the Stok Range which never fails to catch my attention on every visit to Leh..

 

I end up spending at least one afternoon (usually the first) shooting from the Stupa waiting for the light play to commence as the cloud shadows scud across the ridges, the colors change nearly every minute and by the time the sun drops out of view the colors slowly seep out you are left replete with the beauty of it all. Its enchanting and casts a spell that makes you yearn to return to this quaint land again and again.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk3BvNLeNgw&index=2&list=... - James Hood, "Once Again"

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr9q0ds3eX0 - "Cherry Mandala," James Hood (Hang Drum)

 

Find the peace within.

 

Hear it.

Feel it.

Float with it.

 

Surrender to it.

 

Talking to myself. Notice the now: the color of the lantern, its metallic surface, where it is dry, where it is wet, the color change between the two, its shapes, the water running down its surface, the beads of rain dripping off of it, the beads of rain bouncing off of it, the sound of water on object, the smell of wetness, the light passing through it, the spider's web, the way it swings in the breeze. Soon you are lost in the now, this moment, this series of moments, and you'll notice on hindsight that upon surrendering to the now and you weren't thinking anything really, that perhaps, for just a bit there was only total presence. You may have surrendered to the lantern's being in the rain and nothing else. Water - still, flowing, falling - does this for me. Oh my, How delightful it all is.

   

thank you so much for my dear flickr friends.....

hope you have a great, fantastic weekend :)

 

with much Love and hugs...

 

shanti.

 

sumiregusa♪

So here a post for all those whose feathers I may have ruffled with yesterdays bare bottom post - LOL!

 

An update on our orphans - Shanti, with the tiger's yawn and Maya, considering something appetizing -our house is moth free since these two moved in..

 

And yes Alan these collars glow in the dark and resemble kitschy Christmas decorations, but at least the birds get a fair warning...;))

and,

the dogs get on with them now too...:) ( the kittens that is).

   

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Santi Stupa, Leh!!! And yes, i badly missed a wide angle lens for this particular shot!!!! :( :(

 

Friends, here is a shot from my hometown that puts an end to the long break from Flickr. Hope to catch up with your photostreams soon!

 

The king of the jungle looks over the plains of Daya river from his perch atop the Dhauligiri hills in Bhubaneswar, India. The Kalinga War had taken place in the 2nd Century BC along the banks of the river Daya. The Dhauli hills are famous for Emperor Ashok's rock edicts which mention that more than 100,000 people were killed in the Kalinga war. The ferocity with which the Kalingan people fought and laid down their lives overwhelmed Emperor Ashok and he renounced war for ever and actively engaged himself in the spread of Buddhism. This event changed the course of history and helped Buddhism spread far and wide.

 

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“Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset.

Both are set with 60 diamond minutes.

No reward is offered.

They are gone forever.”

This is a quote by Horace Mann (1796–1859), an American education reformer and brother-in-law to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

 

This picture was shot along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) early in the morning, at sunrise.

This kid was enjoying jumping in the holy waters with two of his friends.

He was jumping in the reflections of the sun like a bird of fire, forgetting the fresh water of winter.

It was reminding me a few paintings by David Hockney.

 

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Moriya is one of the Kalbelia Gypsy caste community of Pushkar, Rajasthan, on the fringes of the Thar Desert. She is the sister of Sajina and Shanti - whose portraits I have posted elsewhere in my photostream. All three are 'Sapera' snake dancers, the famed Kalbelia folk dance and a major part of Kalbelia tradition.

 

I spent a couple of afternoons/early evenings at the little village of the Kalbelia on the fringes of Pushkar, organising photo-sessions with some of the girls. Moriya's portrait here was shot during one of the sessions we did outside her house with a most convenient blue-painted outer wall as a back-drop - 19/11/2015

My Chanti! <3 I love her hair and outfit. She's so cute!

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La música es sinónimo de libertad, de tocar lo que quieras y como quieras, siempre que sea bueno y tenga pasión, que la música sea el alimento del amor.

(Kurt D. Cobain)

Sin música la vida sería un error. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

La música puede dar nombre a lo innombrable y comunicar lo desconocido. (Leonard Bernstein)

 

Melodía

 

The Sanskrit reads "Om Shanti Om" (Om Peace Om)

PLEASE take the time to listen to Ravi Shankar's beautifully calming Shanti Mantra

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ocTblNQH4

 

River stands as a metaphor for Consciousness .. the eternal flow of ...

 

El Camino Reál (the Real Road)

 

Wishing you all peace in heart and mind. Buen Fin de Año

  

Also, my FlickrUploader doesn't work .. hasn't for 20 images. It's permanently stuck on the mermaid collage. So I cannot post when a site reads "post a photo" and when no thread is provided. If I am not invited with a button, then I can't play :(

 

"Oh, Lord, it is not the sins I have committed that I regret, but those which I have had no opportunity to commit."

(Mirza Ghalib - Indian Poet, 1797-1869)

 

This was shot at Raja Gwalior Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

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The Golden Temple (informal name in Sikhism), is the most sacred and holiest shrine of Sikhism (the holy-of-holies of Sikhism).

The official name of the Temple in Sikhism is: Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ) which means literally (Harmandir Sahib meaning: The Abode of God).

It is located in Amritsar (meaning: The Pool of the Nectar of Immortality), the holiest city in Sikhism, in the state of Punjab, India.

Sikh devotees, for whom the Temple is a symbol of infinite freedom and spiritual independence, come to the Temple from all over the world to enjoy its environs and offer their prayers.

 

The Gold plating on the Golden temple makes it so unique and the reflection in the water gives an etherial beauty to the whole complex.

 

When I come to Amritsar for my work I try to come there everyday.

I took this picture two days ago at dusk when I saw this man who was following the evening prayer which started inside the Temple and that we could all listen outside.

 

If Heaven exits I wish it looks like this...

 

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“Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.”

(Quote by Susanna Moodie(1803–1885), British born Canadian author)

 

Each word from this quote reflect in the Ganges, here in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world, where each face, each hand, each smile or gesture are golden ray of light.

I feel that all this grace is connected to the deepest part of humanity that we all carry from generation to generation and there is no doubt that there is something there teaching to look ahead as if the following days should be shining.

 

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I am thankful & blessed to have met my best friend here on Flickr.

Hansi, my kindest, sweet friend and I have joined to make a production

company called "Silver Feather Productions" photography & design

devoted to Love.

 

Here is the cover of our first book..."We are all Amma's children" United in Love

 

Tomorrow, I will go on a retreat for a week in ABQ, New Mexico to be with Amma

"The hugging Saint"....Amma teaches Love...she has been my teacher for just over

10 years.

 

A year & a half ago I went to India to make the photographs for this book.

While I was there the Tsunami came to Kerala, India. It destroyed the village

just outside Amma's Ashram walls & flooded the Ashram.

 

I worked to photograph in the relief camps...because right away Amma

started feeding, clothing & giving medical care to thousands &

thousands of people.

 

So...the book was put on hold. I worked last year with my images from

the tsunami, to raise money for relief.

 

Hansi & I put this book at Amma's feet. We hope that it is published

And that the money from the sales of it can help children everywhere.

The book is full of Amma quotes on childhood & Love & full of photos

of children from India & other parts of the world. It is full of beautiful

design & color...it is full of Love.

 

Sending You all Love....we shall see what Amma says about this

project soon....I will be on & off Flickr...{mostly off} for the next week.

Please keep this project in your hearts & hold it there.

Deep thanks....

 

Om Shanti, Mahita

 

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design Hansi Lebrecht ©

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This is a glimpse of Eternity, shot at dusk from a platform which is located at Ahilyabai ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), the Eternal city.

 

I thought that the music of Gustav Mahler, in particular the Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony, would frame this picture:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=duSL3y2LASI

 

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"We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, Rounded With a Little Sleep."

(William Shakespeare - The Tempest)

 

The sun wanted to rise but the fog didn't want to leave.

The mist was refusing to split the night and to disturb the sound of silence.

Or maybe I was still dreaming...

It was at dawn at Dashaswamedh (Main) Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Into the light. i am Peace

 

Brahma Kumaris

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Global retreat Center

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Oxfordshire

 

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Rainbow Gathering Quebec 2012,

Lac mékinac, pointe à l'aigle

Celebration around the fire and jam

the tribe in action

 

What is a rainbow : frenchrainbow.free.fr/minimanuels/minimanuel.html

 

Rainbow Gatherings are temporary intentional communities, typically held in outdoor settings, and espousing and practicing ideals of peace, love, harmony, freedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism and mass media.

 

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“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.

It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone”.

(Quote by Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924), American writer)

  

I took this picture from the balcony of an amazing Shiva mandir (temple) which is located near Manikarnika ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

I like to come there before sunset, it is always peaceful and there is no one.

From the window I can see the city, I can see people walking, then I imagine that some are looking for inspiration and that others come to understand "the awesome complexity of the universe"...

 

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As unchanging and static as mountains may be , when the clouds above drift and cast those shifting shadows on the precipitous slopes of rock and stone , these mountains look totally different from one moment to the next. This constant play of light and shade on the arid mountainscape , for me, is the quintessential image of Ladakh.

 

At sunset, the evening shadow cast by the surrounding peaks engulfs the ridge on which the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa (Leh) sits and finally swallows the gompa into darkness. Quite a sight to see from the vantage point of Shanti Stupa. Right here, the range has already been plunged into darkness while a little bit of light still lingers on the gompa..

 

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, as seen from Shanti Stupa. Leh.

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Woke up on a good day and the world was wonderful

A midnight winter dream had me in its spell.

 

I dreamt about two monks visiting Sarnath

They sat under a tree nearby Lord Buddha's stuppa.

 

They told me of the Beauty hidden in our foreheads,

They told me of the ugliness we show instead.

 

And when we put a foot wrong do we learn from all the pain

 

After midnight we sat up half the night

And they began to tell me what it was all for

 

I woke up in the jungle they had gone I don't know where

Don't remember much at all but their words were echoing

A midnight winter dream and then wake again...

 

(Very much inspired by the lyrics from "Midnight Summer's Dream" by THE STRANGLERS)

I took this picture on Chrismas eve last December, it was just before sunset in Sarnath near Benaras.

 

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Here I am-

On this day

I will receive

Whatever the practice offers-

For this is part

Of Opening to Grace,

Which is both

The Attitude of Allowing

And the Art of Acceptance

 

Om shanti

The Entrance to the Taj Mahal, as Seen from the Taj Mahal, Agra.

For this shot I have my back to the Taj Mahal.

 

To the west of the Taj is a mosque made of red sandstone and is used for Friday prayers. An identical mosque is also built to the right of the Taj and is known as Jawab(answer). It was built to maintain symmetry. This cannot be used for prayers as it faces away from Mecca, the Islamic holy place.

 

will be posting the prev post in the comments sction for ease of visualisation..

 

for those who posted querries.@Aisha., Shanti, and all my friends...

 

...yes the queue is for going inside.From where i took this pic u can see just one line , but as u gradually ascend the raised platform the queue circles the Taj , as per the crowd like a snake . waiting period sometimes exceeds 5 hrs!:)

 

@ she said unprintable things....yes its true the hands were chopped off!The legend further tells that their eyes too were pulled out.

 

For my good friend Shanti. Just a flower and a toothbrush holder.

:)

"Contemplate the Name yourself; inspire it to others;

By attending to it, discoursing of it, living by it, obtain liberation.

The true essence, eternal is the Lord's Name:

By spontaneous devotion, says Nanak, chant the Lord's praise."

(Guru Granth Sahib Adi Granth)

 

This image was shot last Friday at the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which is located near Connaught Place in Delhi.

It was at sunset, those two young men were praying facing the Temple.

I took several pictures that I showed them after.

 

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Avec vue au loin sur le Stok Kangri (6020m).

 

D'autres photos du Ladakh / More pictures from Ladakh here

“Golden slumbers kiss your eyes, Smiles awake you when you rise.”

(Thomas Dekker (1572–1632), Elizabethan poet and dramatist)

 

This is a picture of the Ganges shot from Panchganga ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

Those baskets are keeping candles, I heard that those candles are for people who drowned in the holy waters but I was also told that those baskets are lifted up in order to tell the spirits to welcome the people who recently departed from life.

Reality sometimes jumbles with legends in the oldest living city in the world in order to leave the visitor in golden slumbers...

 

(Thank you to everyone for all your kind comments and mails concerning my Golden pictures set, they really touched me)

 

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Prayer flags are one of the many distinguished mark of the Himalayan area. Here, groups of prayer flags flank the Shanti Stupa monastery in Ladakh, India.

Shanti Stupa is a modern monastery, was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura . The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself.

The Shanti Stupa overlooks the city of Leh, providing panoramic views of the city, the village of Changspa

 

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About 11 a.m. a visitor asked, “Bhagavan told me this

morning ‘Unless one knows the reality (yathartham), one

cannot get peace (shanti).’ What is that reality?”

Bhagavan: That which always is, is the reality. It is peace.

Peace is another name for it.

Visitor: How to reach it or how to get peace?

Bhagavan: As I said already, that which is, is peace. All

that we need do is to keep quiet. Peace is our real nature. We

spoil it. What is required is that we cease to spoil it. We are not

going to create peace anew. There is space in a hall, for instance.

We fill up the place with various articles. If we want space, all

that we need do is to remove all those articles, and we get space.

Similarly if we remove all the rubbish, all the thoughts, from our

minds, the peace will become manifest. That which is obstructing

the peace has to be removed. Peace is the only reality.

 

from "Day BY Day With Bhagavan" (c) Sri Ramanasramam

Thank you very much to all of you my dear Flickr friends for your so kind comments...!!!

 

My Wild River Reflection…!!!

 

Nature in red…!!!

Red flowers, fruits, leaves

Harmonize the 1st chakra (Múládhára chakra)…!!! :)))

Music… Oliver Shanti… Tocar Para Sarakali…!!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASkCpVGTujw

 

“He hangs in shades the orange bright,

Like golden lamps in a green night.”

(Andrew Marvell - English Poet, 1621-1678)

 

Under Nepali ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu where a few priests come in the evening in order to perform a water-pouring ritual.

After having a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges this man used this orange fabric in order to dry his skin.

This bright colour was contrasting with sthe green shades of the river.

He knew I was taking a few pictures, he even smiled at me on some but I decided to upload only those where we can't see his face.

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"The agony of breaking through personal limitations is the agony of spiritual growth.

Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization.

As he crosses threshold after threshold, conquering dragon after dragon, the stature of the divinity that he summons to his highest wish increases, until it subsumes the cosmos.

Finally, the mind breaks the bounding sphere of the cosmos to a realization transcending all experiences of form - all symbolizations, all divinities: a realization of the ineluctable void."

(From "The Hero With a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell)

 

A few days ago as I was coming to the Ganges at dawn I saw this sādhu on the top of Dasaswamedh Ghat.

He must have been transcending all experiences of form in order to become a follower of Lord Shiva...

 

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"In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand.

Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself. "

(Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895–1986)

 

This is a close-up of the door of a house which is in Sigra, a district of Varanasi (Benaras) where I often come to take a few pictures.

I like doors, what happens if we open them or if we prefer to leave them closed, there are so many possibilities, we have to become who we deeply are and decide and then find the key or not...

The words of Krishnamurti are simply true.

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"O, full of scorpions is my mind !"

(From “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare)

 

The mind of this young man was certainly not full of wicked and evil ideas but the words of Shakespeare came to my mind as I saw him along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

Maybe an author could write a fourth novel to the “Millennium” series where he would meet “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”...

 

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"I have always wanted my colours to sing."

(Paul Delvaux - Belgian painter, 1897–1994)

 

There is magic along the Ganges on the ghats of Varanasi (Benaras), sometimes those who want to give a touch of poetry will take the stairs as the staves of music paper and will see people as vibrant notes...and the colours will sing...

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Happy festivals and celebrations to all of you...

  

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