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Paigah Tombs
 
Paigah Tombs
Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shums Ul Umra, are the tombs belonging to the nobility of the Paigah or the Shums ul Umrahi family. They are located in Hyderabad, India, at Pisal banda suburb. This style of architecture is unique to the Paigah tombs
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Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

 

 

Bhoga Nandishwara Temple (Nandi Temple) AKA Bhoganandishwara Temple. The historic Nandi Temple is built around 4 to 9 AD. It is considered one of the holy sites of Hinduism in North Bangalore. It is a spectacular architectural masterpiece. The God in the temple is Bhoga Nandishwara another name of Lord Shiva. It is located in Nandi next to the Muddenahalli-Kanivenarayanapura region. The temple was renovated by Rathnavalli of Bana Dynasty is in Dravidan style. Sri. Arunachaleswara temple, nearby Boganandiswara temple built out soap stone, is another example where one can find fine Ganga, Chola, Hoysala style of architecture

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Wonder Drop !

 

 

Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

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Human Experience

 

 

 

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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Magic Of Life !

**** STAR DUST ****

“When I look up at the sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” –Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Your thoughts do indeed create your reality. Thoughts are forms of energy that are sent ahead and eventually manifest as physical matter. The thoughts you think determine the outcome of your worldly experiences, from finances to health, relationships to environment. In fact, there is no aspect of your life that is not affected by your thoughts.

Picture taken : BORRA CAVES

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Magic of Portraits !

 

 

Some images are swift and happen at a split of a second. More like capturing the scatter of Light. That’s when Magic happens..

Some thing I love about images. They remain timeless.. & That is all that remains…. Moments of Light !

Picture taken : Taj Falaknuma Palace,Hyderabad

 

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Stone WOnder ! –  The Brihadeshvara temple

 

During the times of the Cholas (900-1155 A.D.) temple arcitecture in the South reached its climax. The famous Chola temple built at Tanjavur (Tanjore) is known as the Brihadeshvara temple. It is also called the Rajarajeshwara temple after the name of king Rajaraja who built it in honour of Lord Shiva in about 1009 A.D.


This Temple is one of the most outstanding monuments of the Chola Period. It is composed of many interconnected structures such as the Nandi pavilion, a pillared portico and a large hall. Its vimana(a temple like structure having thee cella in which the deity is enshrined) is 66 metres high. The inner walls of the temple have extensive paintings and sculpture. The tower of the temple rises to a height of 57 metres, like a pyramid, in 13 successive storeys. Its top has a single block of stone, 25 feet high and weighs about 80 tonnes. The structural idea of constructing a Gopuram (or a fine gateway to the enclosed walls of the temple) was first conceived by the Chola kings.

The Temple stands in the middle of a rectangular enclosure entered from the east through a gateway, now dilapidated. The Double pilastered walls of the sanctuary are elevated on a moulded basement with lions. Those on the central niches, on both storeys depict – Dakshinamurti(south) ,Vishnu(west) and Brahma(north).

A massive linga on the central pedestal is enshrined within the sanctuary. A stone altar carved with a lotus on the top has the Navagrahas carved on to the sides. Another small structure in the south-west corner of the enclosure houses a Ganesha image. A large Nandi sculpture constructed of blocks is constructed in the front(east) of the principal temple.

The temple, especially its tower, is the finest example of Dravidian art. The Chola architecture is so executed that it is said that the Cholas conceived like giants and finished like jewelers. The Brihadeshwara temple combines the best in the tradition of temple building – architecture, sculpture, painting and other allied arts

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~ The Dance of SHIVA ~

The cosmic dance of Shiva symbolises the interplay of dynamic and static divine energy flow, containing the five principles of eternal energy – creation, preservation, destruction, illusion and emancipation.

 ~ The Dance of SHIVA ~

Shiva dances in ‘Rudra Tandava’ or the dance of destruction in an aureole of fire, creating wild thunder storms all around the universe, even shattering the Sun, the Moon and stellar bodies with his matted hair, marks of ash on the forehead, trident and drum, lifting his left leg and balancing over a demon of ignorance, with snakes crawling over his arms, legs and braided hair that depict egotism. His upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or ‘dumroo’ standing for the male-female vital principle, while the lower gestures us to ”Be fearless”. A skull on his head depicts conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, epitomising the holy river, sits on his hairdo. His third eye represents omniscience, insight and enlightenment.

‘Locks of matted hair/ Thick like luxuriant Amazon rain forest/ Spread all over/ Stirring never-ending cyclones, tsunamis! Ceaseless torrents/ Cascading cataracts/ Floodwater of the Ganga/ Caused holocaust, apocalypse/ Unprecedented obliteration in the Milky Way! Blazing inferno originated/ From his third eye raged like wild fire/ Blazed all over his forehead/ Engulfing everything in the aureole of fire!’

The ‘Lasya’ or the gentle form of his dance, known as ‘Ananda Tandavam’ or dance of bliss is associated with the creation of the world, after its total destruction. Shiva’s two different cosmic dances take place in one’s ‘Chidambaram’ or in the sky of the mind, portrayed as the centre of consciousness situated at the altar of one’s heart.

Shiva is the symbol of ‘Brahmn’, the universal consciousness. The cosmic serpent called ‘Kundalini’, draped by the Lord of all dance, is mythically present in every living form. Arousal of the ‘kundalini’ is a metaphor for the awakening of the seven energy centres or ‘chakras’ situated in the spine.

The sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, interprets that the three basic gunas – sattvic, tamasic and rajasic – combine with each other to create life forms in the universe. The divine entity is divided into nine; but only eight of them are perceived by human intellect – earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and pride. The ninth part of the divine entity is eternally shrouded in the mystery of creation.

Fritjof Capra, in his book The Tao of Physics, paid due tribute to the Hindu view of matter and established its linkage with modern physics with empirical research in 1972. He observed the linkage between ancient Vedic mythology, religious symbolism, art and modern physics: “Every subatomic particle not only does an energy dance, but is also an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation and destruction…without end…For the modern physicists, then, Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.”

The European Centre for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva-CERN had unveiled in 2004 the two metre-tall statue of Nataraja, the form of Shiva depicted in the dance pose. The dancing Indian deity, representing the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, also depicts the dynamics of subatomic particles, the basis of creation of the universe that is being researched by physicists around the world.

 
 
 
Ref article : Cosmic Dance Of Shiva
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Hampi : A story amongst the boulders…

 

This year with my visit to Hampi. It seemed a place that is not the same any more . With so much restoration going on and demolition of the shops.  I still miss the old times at  Hampi with shops connecting the untouched temple streets.. Hope the change is all good… Event with all its changes and modernization around the ruins the place still holds its peace. The Magic is always in the air 🙂

This picture is from the other side of the river.

 

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We Turned 4 Years Today ! :)

Its been 4 years since i registered the Domain MysticXpressions.com and started this photo blog to blog my pictures and my experiences of my life. The way i see things and express my thoughts through pictures blog posts or stories. Im evolving each day each hour each moment.. and these moments is all i have been recording.

Thank you for the Love & Support.. Please keep coming back , because that keeps me Going.. ! God bless you all !

~NAMASTE~ Om Namah Shivaya!~

P.S : Picture taken in Tosh , Himachal. A friend of mine chilling in the morning glory .With the Parvati Valley in the background.

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What if God was one of us?

Every time I look outside the window of my Flight .. I’m reminded of this song in my Head..

…What if God was one of us?
……Just a slob like one of us
……………Just a stranger on the bus
……………….. Trying’ to make his way home?.. ♥ By JOAN OSBORNE – ONE OF US

 

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The Inner World !!

The five senses exert a great influence over the mind and occupy its attention most of the time. They are directed outwards, to the surrounding world, and the mind follows them. However, there are times when we disregard the outer world, and live in an inner world, usually some kind of world that the mind makes up.

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In Search of HOME

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

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Dreadlocks

 

Picture taken while Travelling in a bus. Around India.

I love the philosophy and spirituality behind dreadlocks. The way they change people to come down to earth, accept themselves as they are and more importantly – accept others as they are. The celebration and enjoyment of individuality. I love the way dreadlocks teach people patience and to “carpe diem”.

Many people with dreadlocks experience this and more. Dreadlocks brings you further enlightenment and wisdom, I think. That’s the beauty of the journey with dreadlocks.

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The journey is the reward.

Picture taken : Parvati Valley.

Parvati Valley is situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu valley, Himachal. India.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

 

 

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Shiva {{ Bliss }} at Parvathi Valley

Fortunate to experience another full moon night in the Mighty Himalayas this time near Tosh Valley !

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.  ” OM NAMHA SHIVAYA ! “

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The enigma of Self …

 

Picture Taken : Joshimath Uttarakhand INDIA

Imagine taking a piece of gold and melting it into different forms of jewelry, such as earrings, a ring, a bracelet or a necklace. You show the jewelry to person A, asking him what he sees and he says, “I see earrings, a ring, a bracelet and a necklace.” You show them to person B, asking him what he sees and he says “I see gold.” Person A represents the small self that sees forms and identifies with them. Person B represents the observer who sees the essence beyond forms. After all, the ring as a form is temporary, as it can be melted to become an earring, a pendant, etc. As for the gold, its essence remains unchanged, no matter what form it takes. Like gold, the essence of existence manifests itself in infinite forms, and your existence is one of those .

This is an excerpt from the book “The Enigma of Self-Realization” by shakti mhi.

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THE INNER LIGHT

Without going out of my door
I can know all things on earth
With out looking out of my window
I can know the ways of heaven

The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows

Without going out of your door
You can know all things on earth
With out looking out of your window
You can know the ways of heaven

The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows

Arrive without traveling
See all without looking
Do all without doing ~The Beatles

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Mahabalipuram : The shore temple that survived the winds of change

Mahabalipuram dates back to the Tamil Pallava dynasty in the 7th-9th century. The structures here, mostly carved straight out of granite, are among the oldest existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian) architecture.

Located at a distance of 58-km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram has everything that makes a site memorable; tradition, history, piety, western annals, and current importance as a centre of tourism.

Mahabalipuram is located close to Chennai (Madras) on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, along the Indian eastern coast. Known for its rocks carvings and monolithic sculptures it has the famous shore temple, the only one to have survived the ravages of nature. Alsoknown as the Seven Pagodas (temples), six now lie submerged in the sea. Mahabalipuram temples whose architecture was inspired by the Pallava Art were built during the period 830 – 1100 AD

The Pallavas ruled here from the 3rd to the 9th century and during this time many saints and poets were born here. The period from 650 to 750 AD is considered to be the most glorious years of the Pallava rules, as during this time the rulers were the most powerful. Since then the city slipped into oblivion and was revived only in the year 1827, by the British who laid the foundation of the modern city of Mahabalipuram.

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The Traveler.. !

I travel through time , Spaces , Places , Phases and Faces…..
I travel the void, not thinking about direction, in Delution with no Destination…..
I travel through Thick and Thin.. Dark and Light .. Dull to Bright..
I travel though every inch of Me .. I travel evey Breadth until Memorry Fades, until every wounds
erased..I do this for me.. I travel to Find Me !  ~ Sandeep Dinker

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Until Eternity ..

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.

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When I Look To The Sky

‘Cause when I look to the sky something tells me you’re here with me
And you make everything alright
And when I feel like I’m lost something tells me you’re here with me
And I can always find my way when you are here

And every word I didn’t say that caught up in some busy day
And every dance on the kitchen floor we didn’t dance before
And every sunset that we’ll miss I’ll wrap them all up in a kiss
And pick you up in all of this when I sail away ~ TRAIN

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At The GATES of PASUPATHINATH , NEPAL

 

Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’.

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Crossed Paths :)

Picture Taken : Kheem’s Guest House, Almorah

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person. 🙂

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Awareness is empowering…

 

 

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.

Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.

Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

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When I was a child..

“When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.” I Cor. xiii. 11.

In childhood the mind, pleased with every trifle and void of care, vacantly pursues its little pleasures, and, blessed with ignorance of the ills and disappointments of life, looks forward with sanguine hopes to fairy scenes of happiness; while the bright and tearless eye, resting on the outside of things, sees a paradise in every lawn and grove. A recollection of these childish delights is often cherished with rapture in future years, while the man, forgetful of the frettings and whining of childhood, indulgently inquires, Why were the former days better than these? But he does not ask wisely concerning this. A virtuous manhood is much more to be desired than the state of children. It is capable of far nobler pursuits, of knowledge, enjoyment, and action more congenial with the ends of our being. The child has no high and manly aim, no cares for great and dignified things, little thought for his future well being either in this life or the life to come. His understanding is feeble, his knowledge is small, his pursuits and pleasures are useless to the world, his years are trifled away in pursuing airy visions, and he is a stranger to elevated and substantial happiness. He speaks as a child, prattling unconnectedly of his little concerns; he understands as a child, superficially and contractedly; he thinks as a child, incorrectly and inconsistently; but when he becomes a man he puts away childish things.

Read More : When I was a Child

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The Indian Bride !

No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying. ~ by Unknown ~

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As Warm As The SUN !
Brides wear gold jewelry and gold bangles and this is supposed to bring good luck to her married life. Wearing gold jewelry in India is considered to be a blessing of the god. The gold jewelry worn by the bride has sacred meanings based in notions of auspiciousness that persist, even if a negative, indexical meaning profanes the possession. Gold is the symbol of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and considered highly auspicious.According to Hindu belief, Gold and silver are considered as sacred metal symbolic of the warm sun, the other suggesting the cool moon—are the quintessential metals of Indian jewellery. Pure gold does not oxidise or corrode with time, which is why Hindu tradition associates gold with immortality. Gold imagery occurs frequently in ancient Indian literature. In the Vedic Hindu myth of cosmological creation, the source of physical and spiritual human life originated in and evolved from a golden womb (hiranyagarbha) or egg (hiranyanda), a metaphor of the sun, whose light rises from the primordial waters.
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Mangalaya Dharane

Mangalaya Dharane: The groom ties the sacred ‘taali’ on the bride. The sacred ‘taali’ (a small inscribed gold ornament, strung on a yellow thread) is kept on a silver platter along with a piece of jaggery, rice, a coconut and a heavy nine yard Kanjeevaram sari which is given by the groom’s mother to the bride. This platter is taken around to all the guests for their blessings. The bride changes in to the nine-yard sari, wearing it in the ‘katche seera’ style and returns to the ‘mantap’. Amongst Vedic chants, the groom ties the first knot of the ‘taali’ around the bride’s neck and his sisters tie the other two knots. Akshathe: The couple is blessed with the showering of coloured rice All the elders present at the wedding are given coloured rice, which they shower on the couple after the ‘mangalaya dharane’. The bride’s mother gives the groom a ‘paan’ or betel leaf to proclaim her support of the marriage.

~Aparna Murthy

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Pashupatinath temple (पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर), Katmandu , NEPAL

 

Pashupatinath Temple – Shiva’s Home in Kathmandu Valley

The Pashupatinath temple in the east of Kathmandu has been a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists for maybe over 2000 years. Daily thousends of pilgrims visit Pashupatinath, with a top day on Maha Shivaratri when hunderds of thousends of pilgrims come to pay their tribute to Shiva. The Pashupatinath temple complex is one of the Unesco world heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley.

History of Pashupatinath :

Pashupati means “Lord of the animals” and it one form of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva has 1008 name and forms and as Pashupati he watches over the souls of men and is worshipped as the patron deity of Nepal. Though there is no proof when the temple originated the oldest evidence is data 477 A.D but the temple may have stood here nearly 1000 years before that.

One of the legend about Lord Shiva is that once Shiva took the form of an antelope being weary of throngs of worshipping demigods and wandered in the Mrigasthali Forest on the Bagmati river’s east bank. The Gods were looking for him and finally found him as an antelope and they grabbed him by horn and forced him to come back to his divine form. The broken horn was worshipped as a linga, and it was buried and lost. Centuries later an astonished farmer found him cows showering the milk on the earth. Digging deep in the site, the farmer is believed to uncover the divine linga of Pashupati.

Lord Pashupati is invoked on official treaties, pledges, political speeches and appears on coins and royal coat of arms. Pashupatinath is one of the great holy Shiva places of the Indian Subcontinent, and no pilgrimage is complete without a visit to it.

Where is Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu ?
Pashupatinath temple is in the banks of Bagmati river on the eastern side of Kathmandu. The place where Pashupatinath is located is called Gaurighat, Kathmandu. People often say the location as Gaushala, Jaya bageswori etc. So, when you reach near the intersection of Gaushala or Jaya Bageswori or Mitrapark then you will see the board where it is written “The Way to Pashupati”. The another easier way to figure out is “Bagmati river is flowing beside Pashupatinath“.

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PURE LIGHT !

Baby Srivatsava !

“If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle”.

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Unfinished conversation…

This is from a Friends Post on her BLOG.

Unfinished conversation…

A new year’s night.The moon acting as the lovers’ light.

Two of them sitting side by side.Gazing out at the star-lit sky.
She:

I looked into his eyes.And willed myself not to cry.
I know he loves me with all his heart.But yet today,we must part.
Then I reached out for his hand.To let him know that I understand.
We were lovers not meant to be.Though my love for him will never cease.

He:

She’s so beautiful and so delicate.It just breaks my heart to see her hurt.
I could feel her pain when she touched my hand.
How I wish I could always be her man…….. : Read MORE : 

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We can do no great things; only small things with great love. Love To All ~2012

Pure Unconditional Love is the most powerful vibration, force, Energy, in the entire Universe, in all spheres of life and reality.

Without the all-pervading power of Unconditional Love the entire Universe could not and would not exist.  If Unconditional Love where to be withdrawn, the entire Universe would collapse in an instant.Unconditional Love should never be confused with sentimental love, attraction between two people, sexual love or lust, love of family or friends, or where the word “love” is used loosely as a sign of friendship, affection or simply as an expression of endearment.

Unconditional Love is best described as a state of Energy, vibration, a powerful force, ultimately the very highest expression of Energy and vibration of all emanating as it does from the very highest, purest, most perfect and most Divine Energy of Source, First Cause, of “God”, a vibration sustaining all creation within the entire Universe without which there would be nothing.

In order to live in complete harmony with the Universe and become an open channel of expression of Source, it is necessary to attune to a personal state of Unconditional Love in order that our body, Soul and Spirit can resonate in harmony with this same Divine vibration of Energy. In order to maximise our inner abilities, and to truly live in Spirit, Unconditional Love is not something we should simply be aware of, or claim to practice, but rather something we should actually feel and become as an integral part of our very Being.

Many people might claim to practice Unconditional Love, but very often this is very far indeed from reality.True, Unconditional Love is not merely about feeling good towards yourself or others, romantic love, showering everyone with affection or other such sentimental behaviour, although of course these are perfectly harmless and even good things to do when appropriate, it is rather a much higher and ongoing state of being rather than mere words or a temporary or notional display of emotion, or affection.

As mentioned before, Pure Unconditional Love is the very Energy behind all creation from the very beginning. It was out of Pure Unconditional Love that Source created and sustains the entire Universe in all spheres of life and reality; Pure Unconditional Love is therefore the very highest and most Divine Expression of Source.

Unconditional Love really does mean “unconditional” in every possible sense, that is to say without any conditions of any sort attached.

May YOU WALK TOWARDS YOUR LIGHT 🙂 Happy 2012 🙂

 

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A man of awareness is unattached

Picture Taken : Pashupatinath Kathmandu, Nepal

Man can live either on the circumference or at the centre. To live at the circumference is easy, cheap, because everybody is living there. But to live at the centre is a great challenge, because you will be living there all alone. You will not find a crowd there. And to be alone needs the greatest courage in the world, that’s why very few people have been able to know their innermost core, because the journey is absolutely solitary.

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and….I have lost my heart Forever in the Mountains…

Picture Taken : Nepal , Flying over Gaurishankar..

Primitive man was very sensitive because he lived with trees, he lived with animals, he lived with rivers, he lived with oceans, he lived with mountains. He was part of nature. The primitive man had no religion, no organized church, no priesthood. Obviously, the primitive man was aware of a surging life all around. He lived amidst an ocean of life. And obviously, his love for trees, his love for rivers, his love for the ocean, his love for the high mountains, the stars, the sun and moon, was immense. He lived in a totally different world — very related. He was one of the members of the cosmos, just as every living thing is…

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From The 7 Blessings of a Hindu Wedding

 

The Hindu ceremony, a rite known as ‘samskara’, has many components and it is quite beautiful, specific and filled with chanting, Sanskrit blessings and ritual that is thousands of years old. In India, it can last weeks or days…. 🙂

1. May this couple be blessed with an abundance of resources and comforts, and be helpful to one another in all ways.

2. May this couple be strong and complement one another.

3. May this couple be blessed with prosperity and riches on all levels.

4. May this couple be eternally happy.

5. May this couple be blessed with a happy family life.

6. May this couple live in perfect harmony… true to their personal values and their joint promises.

7. May this couple always be the best of friends.

More on Hindu Wedding 

Picture Taken : From Weddingshoot for SUdha.

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Seeking In Time…

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us. Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time you can begin is always NOW .  🙂

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Turmeric the ‘spice of life’ :: YELLOW

Yellow and yellow-orange are colours with sacred and auspicious connotations in the Indian subcontinent. Turmeric is important in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies.Turmeric is associated with fertility and prosperity.

Chakras in Hindu belief are mystical centres of orientation. Orange represents the sacral chakra and yellow represents the solar plexus chakra. This yogic concept is of the inner cosmology of a being discovered through meditative practice. It is best described in the tantras or texts important in Tantric Hinduism . In Buddhism yellow is the colour of the Bodhisattva Ratnasambhava.

Yellow is the first color a person distinguishes in the brain. Associated with stress, caution, and apprehension, yet it stimulates an overall sense of optimism, hope, and balance.

Orange has the characteristics halfway between red and yellow. It is one the best colors for stimulating learning.

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Live in Timeless Space

Picture taken : Along East Coast , Bay of Bengal

Our life is controlled by our mind and mind has this habit of moving to past or the future. Mind can never stay in this present moment. So the whole art of meditation is to bring our attention in this present moment and being more alert. In reality we are just enough awake to do our duties skillfully. But when we start meditating then we realize that how much sleepy we used to be in our life. Meditation is an upward journey to be more conscious, more aware or more alert in our actions.

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If you haven’t lost the path, you haven’t found the way.

Picture taken :  Mana Gaon, The Last Indian Village near BADRINATH, Before China 🙂   

“Not too long ago thousands spent their lives as recluses to find spiritual vision in the solitude of nature. Modern man need not become a hermit to achieve this goal, for it is neither ecstasy nor world-estranged mysticism his era demands, but a balance between quantitative and qualitative reality. Modern man, with his reduced capacity for intuitive perception, is unlikely to benefit from the contemplative life of a hermit in the wilderness. But what he can do is to give undivided attention, at times, to a natural phenomenon, observing it in detail, and recalling all the scientific facts about it he may remember. Gradually, however, he must silence his thoughts and, for moments at least, forget all his personal cares and desires, until nothing remains in his soul but awe for the miracle before him. Such efforts are like journeys beyond the boundaries of narrow self-love and, although the process of intuitive awakening is laborious and slow, its rewards are noticeable from the very first. If pursued through the course of years, something will begin to stir in the human soul, a sense of kinship with the forces of life consciousness which rule the world of plants and animals, and with the powers which determine the laws of matter. While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition. If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man’s heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.”
― Franz Winkler

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Ringing in Divinity…..

Picture taken : Kasar Devi temple, Almorah, Uttaranchal India

 

The ringing of the bell in the temple is symbolic as well as cleansing – the ringing of the bell creates a vibration that is very beneficial to some of the invisible chakras in the body. There are some temples where the ringing of the bell signifies something. As someone said, asking permission to enter the temple. By ringing the bell, the invisible beings in a temple are informed of our arrival, says another school of thought.

The resonance of the bell ring corresponds with Om, the Pranava. It is an auspicious sound that brings in beneficial vibrational changes. One of the more popular reasons ascribed by the elderly about the ringing of the bell, blowing of the conch, etc during religious festivals and functions is because these auspicious sound vibrations can minimize the other noises, some of which can be considered inauspicious. For example, the concept of “Getti Melam” in marriages at the precise moment of the tying of the thali appeals more to the concept of drowning out irrelevant or any other inauspicious noises. (for example, a curse by someone who is present at the wedding but who is not blessing the event!)

The ringing of the bell also is explained by slokas that say that the ringing of the bell drives out the evil forces from within one’s self, invoking divinity within.

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The Psychedelic Ganesha….

Mystical  GANESHA

Ganesha’s head symbolizes the  soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha’s left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.

The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.

The SECRET of LORD GANESHA 🙂

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Lotus Flower – Symbol of Purity and Great Beauty

What makes the lotus flower so special?

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet.
The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

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Boudhanath Stupa – Kathmandu, Nepal

Picture taken :Boudhanath Stupa – Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Boudhanath Stupa is seven km east of the downtown Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s most distinctive monuments. Simple, massive and powerful, it rises above the number of buildings, the painted eyes gazing solemnly over the countryside. Stupas are essential to Buddhism as the cross is to Christianity, a tangible symbol of the Buddha’s enlightened mind. 

Boudhanath is both an eye of calm within capital’s dusty pandemonium and a sancutary of Tibetan Buddhist culture amid a nation dominated by Nepal HIndus. Throughout its narrow streets, you can see posters of smiling Dalai Lama, Tibetan folk-medicine stores, traditional artisans’ workshops, and restaurants..

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Bhuleshwar Temple Pune, INDIA

BHULESHVAR TEMPLE NEAR PUNE : A MYSTICAL PLACE

As soon as you reach this place , it almost feels like a timeless Vortex , a place with no sence of time and space , as the name goes makes you forget your self or almost sedate… 

About This Temple:

As per the mythological story, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati had a fight and angry Shiva came here to meditate. Then Devi Parvati, dressed as a tribal woman danced to fascinate Shiva and he got attracted to her beauty. Finally, they went to Kailash parbat (कैलाश पर्बत ) and got re-united. The place got its name from this story. “To sedate” means “bhul” in Marathi. As Shiva got attracted towards Paravati, hence Shiva got another name – Bhuleshwar. Hence the name of the temple.

Temple was built during the period of 1230 AD by Choula Rulers .

How to approach : There are two ways to approach this fort. First from on Pune-Solapur highway, just before Yawat take right turn along eastern bank of canal. On this way at ghat section road is steep so vehicle break must be in good condition. When you start observing temple by this way there are steps going towards fort. This must be the old way of fort. Second way At Saswad chowk instead of going towards Jejuri take again left turn next to high school. Road goes via village called Singapur. You can see Jejuri on south, Purandar on south-west and Dhavaleshwar on West. The road from Pune up to Yevat is in very good condition. From Yevat it is approximately 8 km of hilly ride, the road from Yevat till the hill top is in good condition (enough for driving).

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All “Life Situations” are Just in the Mind

The actual “life” is always the simplicity of the moment. Life exists only in the present and nowhere else. The past and future are just dream states created in the mind, the past existed as the present at some point and now it’s only a memory trace.

 

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We are always the same age inside :) Happy Children’s Day :)

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson..

HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY !! BE A CHILD AGAIN TODAY 🙂 

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11:11:11 – 11-11-11 : SYNCHRONOUS .. SYNCHRONICITY !!

People love mysterious things, and synchronicity is like magic happening to them..It gives us a sense of hope, a sense that something bigger is happening out there than what we can see, which is especially important in times like this when there are so many reasons for despair…..

11.11.11 : MAY WE ALIGN Our self  to our True nature … PLUR: P(eace), L(ove), U(nity), R(espect). ALIGN !!! 🙂

 

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We are made out of stars, YOU and I….

There’s a truth deeper than experience. It’s beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It’s an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We’re helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn’t always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart……

Picture Taken: Outside Bhuleshwar Temple  Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Life is NOW !!!

Today is your day to dance lightly with life.
Sing wild songs of adventure.
Invite rainbows and butterflies out to play.
Soar your spirit and unfurl your joy. LAUGH , LIVE, LOVE!


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Hey!   ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ :)

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.-Muir, John

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GREEN!
Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony.
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Soaring high..In to the Skies…

 

“Imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions”…..

Eagle represents a state of grace that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that result from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle Medicine is the Power of the Great Spirit. It is the spirit of tenacity. It is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see the things one sees. It is the patience to wait for the appropriate moment. It is to live in balance with heaven and earth. Eagle reminds us of our connection with the Great Spirit. It tells us that the universe is giving us the opportunity to fly above our life’s worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities. Eagle teaches us to look above in order to touch Grandfather Sun with our heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. Eagle asks us to grant ourselves permission to be free in order to reach the joy that our heart desires.

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For a Life Time………..

At a friends Wedding.

Diversity of creation becomes promising when the spirit unites with matter. A  wedding ceremony lays importance on three vital ideals: pleasure, harmony, and development.

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Holi HAI!

According to mythological records, it is said that Mathura is actually the birth place of Lord Krishna, whereas Vrindavan is the place where he spent the early days of his childhood and left behind tales of mysticism and divinity. This explains the enigma of Mathura Vrindavan, where one can still feel the divine presence of the Lord. This is the place where Lord Krishna introduced the modern form of Holi. This is the reason that Holi is celebrated with great zeal here.

This legend is wonderfully brought alive each year all over India, particularly in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon-the places associated with Krishna and Radha.

In fact, the entire country gets drenched in the colour waters when it is time for Holi and celebrate the immortal love of Krishna and Radha.