Our inborn nature is one of Love and Joy! So lets Be JOYFUL
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you” ~ Rumi
Cheers friends have a lovely week-end! 🙂
Shashikant Dhotre a humble and persevering young man whose passion for art made him into an artist whose paintings are awe inspiring. He comes from a remote village from Maharashtra State from a family of meager means. A childhood full of challenges he could afford to draw only with black paper and colored pencils. Yet his intensity and dedication to art bore fruit. His paintings are now considered so realistic and surreal and known to move people to tears. In his short journey his art has received acclaim and he has won several laurels including the coveted Indian Royal Academy and the Bombay Art Society awards.
I am sharing a few of his paintings which capture stunning cultural nuances of the simple village folk in their typical rural setting. The expressions of women and the finer details of their traditional dress are sheer magic.
Thanks to my friend TK who shared these painting.
For more details on Mr. Dhotre and his amazing story a link from Times of India is given below:
I often ask myself what does Rumi mean by inward journey? Where is the destination? How far away is it? Is it the same for everyone?
I am sure our destination may not necessarily be somewhere high-up in the Himalayas nor in faraway ashrams. According to to Jaggi Sadhguru the revered spiritual leader “to make a journey you need a distance. What is the distance between you and yourself? How long would it take to make this journey? The word journey is used more as a device, otherwise people will just sit around …!”
So the destination has to be within our Being and one of the ways inwards can be through our breath. Mindful breathing exercises or Pranayama when practiced regularly the negative thoughts pass away and we slip into the present moment effortlessly. Yet I am sure there are several different paths though the destination is the same – a happy and joyful state of mind.
Dear friends do please share your thoughts and of course have a lovely day!🙂
For most of us Liberation would mean becoming free from negative thinking, ego, anxiety, despair and unhappiness. To be free from the continuous chatter and unproductive thinking Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj tells us to find solace beyond the mind. But how does one become free from the conflicting thoughts in our mind? Its almost as if the mind connives with thoughts of our past and of future and keep us in a constant state of fear and uncertainty. Yet we do have our moments of joy, beauty, creativity and bliss though such moments may be few and rare.
Such deep happiness cannot be from the mind but from a source which is found in simple virtues such as nature, spontaneity, awareness, humour, simplicity, humility, empathy creativity, music and the arts and so on. I request you my friends to share your own experience. How do you detach yourselves from the mind, get centered and enjoy moments in peace and contentedness?
I was thrilled to receive some exciting news from my good friend Brig. Chow a nature lover par excellence. In his own words “Monsoons are an exciting period for many reasons; one of them, for people like me, is the thrilling prospect of seeing the Brahma Kamals in their full glory. Well it was a full Moon on the 1st of July and dot at 9 at night we had a bonanza of these absolutely mesmerizing flowers, seven of them in a magnificent and literally blinding show of Natures charisma”.
Watching the Brahma Kamal bloom is sheer ecstasy more so as it only happens in the stillness of a dark night when nothing else is visible. And therefore it becomes easy to relate the magical effect of the Brahma Kamal’s bloom to the Divine! No wonder why a belief exists that anyone who sees the bloom of this mythical flower is blessed and will have all his or her wishes fulfilled. A Hindi quote I read seemed to convey this divine experience very well. Unfortunately it’s not easy for me to capture the essence of the quote in an English translation. So I request and invite some of my Hindi reader friends to make an attempt which I’d love to share with all our readers.
Well friends our blogger friend Raj (who blogs at https://graleview.wordpress.com/) has been kind enough to provide an excellent translation of the Hindi quote: Let me translate your Hindi couplet for you: “Who says Almighty is not visible? It is He who can be seen when everything else is invisible.,.”, very much like Brahma Kamal blooming in the dark, if we may say so…”!
Though this rare phenomenon lasts only for a few hours for one night, it fills the home and heart of the faithful gardener with an abundance of joy and happiness. And as such Edna St. Vincent Millay quote which is also a favorite of Brig. Chow is perfect ~
“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night, But Ah my friends and Oh my foes, it gives a lovely light”!
Cheers my dear friends🙂
The Himalayan range is home to over a hundred of the planet’s highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The mighty Himalayas command awe and reverence with many believing its magnificence to be a manifestation of the Supreme. No wonder the Himalayas have a deep spiritual ethos where many seekers, Rishis and Buddhist monks became enlightened after years of meditative practice.
Chaukori is a tiny hill station in the Pithoragarh district located in the lofty peaks of the western Himalayan Range in India. Chaukori’s offers a spectacular and panoramic views of snowy peaks of shimmering silver and mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises, verdant valleys and thick forests of pine and oak trees.
A good friend has shared some spectacular glimpses of the Himalayas as viewed from Chaukori and its neighboring points. Please do enjoy🙂
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven”! ~ Rabindranath Tagore
Come summer with temperatures soaring above 40 degree Celsius the “Golden Shower Tree” or the Amaltas dares the adverse conditions to bloom. The effect of the entire tree cloaked in yellow flowers delicately hanging downwards chandelier like pendants is sheer magic.
The rich yellow and golden flowers being showered from the tree top is truly a sight for the Gods. Thus inspiring Gerard Manley Hopkins to say ~ “The world is charged with the grandeur of God”
A beautiful way to develop confidence is to practice humility. No person can always be right. To try and justify our actions knowing well we erred will make us feel guilty and uneasy. So why not admit the mistake and enjoy the feeling of mental relief? Owning responsibility will raise our esteem in the eyes of others. It also opens our minds to learning as people around us feel free to offer their suggestions and new and better solutions will emerge.
So lets we as teachers, leaders, friends and parents have no pretenses of being infallible by remembering Erza T. Benson’s words ~“Pride is concerned with who is right and Humility is concerned with what is right”!
Have a lovely weekend dear friends and lets all keep smiling🙂