Be nothing – Be Happy

The wisdom below tells us that ultimate bliss dawns on us only if we can free our-self from our ego, pretensions and the stored knowledge in our mind. It is our attitude of ‘I know’ that entraps us into a fixed mind-set and limits our ability to wonder, discover and be creative. The key to happiness is to ‘let go’ ourselves and do our tasks with humility and awareness.

“Music needs the hollowness of the flute; Letters, the blankness of the page; Light, the void called a window; Enlightenment, the absence of the self.” ~ Anon

 

Image source: Wiki

Bansuri image source: Wiki

Lets remember that wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. Awareness is the key to happiness :)

Namaste

Namaste

 

The joy of wonder

Alice Walker says it beautifully ~ “The more I wonder, the more I love”!

Photo source: Unknown

Photo source: Unknown

So lets not allow the precious virtue of wonder to wither away as we grow older!

Many good wishes dear friends may your today be a day “full of wonder”! The rest of the days will surely follow.

Cheers :)

A Bonsai fascination!

Here are a few of the bonsai trees which were displayed at the 2014 flower show in Pune.

In Japan growing bonsai is a way of life. It is believed that the bonsai tree symbolizes a balance between nature man and soul thus leading to inner peace and serenity. In the words of Bonsai master Saburo Kato of Japan the bonsai is loyal if you water and fertilize regularly with loving care. Life is more meaningful when we care for these little trees with love. The life of the Bonsai is much longer than us and so the bonsai must be passed on to the next generation.

Bonzai (2)

Bonzai (5)

Bonzai (4)

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Have a lovely day my friends :)

Red Hibiscus

When I stepped out in the morning this beautiful creation of nature actually seemed to whisper – “Hi Dilip good morning do have a lovely day”! :) :)

“He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower” ~ Mary Howitt

Guest post – The mystic of a Buddhist Monastery!

This a guest post from my friend Roshan who after many long years decided to head back to his roots in the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh in the Northern regions of India. One of the principal towns of HP is Dharamsala (or Dharmamshala) a seat of Buddhist spirituality.

Thanks for the share Roshan :)

Snow peak

Hi folks one of the highlights of our tour to Himachal Pradesh in Nov 2013 was our visit to Dharamsala. Nestled among the mighty ranges of lower Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala  is the abode of faith, peace and knowledge. This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range.

snow peak range

The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamsala than from any other hill town and just a day’s trek away. This hill town is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front.

OLD   HANOGI TEMPLE   ACROSS  THE  LAKE

The pictures here were taken at the Tibetian Monastery (Karmapa Sect)at Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh). The atmosphere & surroundings distinctly serene and picturesque. This Monastery is located literally in the lap of monks praying 1Himalayas on the base of Dhouladhar Range, at Dharamsala.

Inside the monastery a large congregation of Buddhist monks were reverentially conducting their prayers. While the proceedings were on, we

Monks Chanting

Monks Chanting

noticed the lamas (teachers) and student monks deeply engrossed in chanting in their booming voices unmindful of the surroundings & activities around them. Chanting as you may be aware is the traditional means of preparing the mind for meditation.

Having quietly entered the hall we walked closer to their idols, admired the tastefully crafted & painted deities and took pictures. It was so peaceful that we squatted cross legged on the floor for a while trying to soak in the powerful vibrations in the surcharged ambiance before tiptoeing out of the hall. All this while, the gathering of monks continued their practice totally unmindful of our presence – as if we did not exist. You can imagine their concentration & single mindedness.

When we finally left the monastery the rhythmic deep chants continued to resonate in our minds for a long time. The whole experience was out of the world and deeply transformational and we came away with a feeling of belonging and peace. Such is the power of their prayer.

A few beautiful pictures of the Buddha statues appear below:

The Buddha

The Buddha

The Buddha

The Buddha

We’ll end this post with a few words of the Buddha’s wisdom. “Holding on to anger is grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha

Flower arrangements!

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change”

~ from Buddha quotes

We are so busy in daily routine and time bound activities that we take ‘Nature’ for granted. But a person in awareness looks at nature in true wonderment and is in peace. Do enjoy a few shots of the flower arrangement exhibits from the flower-show.

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College students

College students

For college assignments

Students  floriculture assignment

First Prize?

First Prize?

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Have a  great week ahead and keep smiling :)

Annual Flower Show 2014 Pune

“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts” ~ Sigmund Freud

The Empress Garden at Pune covers a sprawling 39 acres, and is home to many rare species of trees and flowers. The

The enthusiasts

The enthusiasts

Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India organizes an annual flower show and arranges various programs throughout the year to create environmental awareness among people. This year the flower-show was held on January

17, 18 & 19.

In this post I’ll share pictures which capture the decked-up Empress Garden and the spirit and the mood of the flower enthusiasts young and old. Prize winners in Bonsai and flower decorations will would be in subsequent posts.

Welcome

Catch the rainbow

Riot of colors

Riot of colors

Majestic

Majestic

Attractive

Attractive

Artistic

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

Don't miss the little pup

A moment to relax

 

Thank you friends and have a lovely day :)

What can a child teach elders?

Three Valuable Things :)

 

To be happy for no reason,         XoXoXo

To be always doing something,

To know how to demand small things without EGO.

 

Have a lovely day folks :)

Wisdom on Sunday!

Its always good to be lighthearted! Sharing a WhatsApp message received from my ex-student ;)

Cheers :)

2013 in review

Wishing you joyful days ahead

Wishing joyful days ahead

My first post for the New Year starts with the blog 2013 annual report card kind courtesy The WordPress.com stats helpers. Special thanks to my all my lovely blogger friends who encouraged and inspired me all along. Their blogs were an enriching source of new ideas and abundance of positive energy.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.  

My New Year Resolution for 2014 “Live Life Less Serious”!