• TAJ MEDITATION •
Wherever you are, be there totally. ~ Ekhart Tolle ✨🙏 Specially if it is the Taj Mahal 😍
Donde quiera que estés, sé totalmente presente. ~ Ekhart Tolle ✨🙏 Especialmente si es ek Taj Mahal 😍
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L O V E S O F T H E D A Y
April 30, 2017
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Lakshmi Chowk 450 years ago -the living quarters of the refined ladies, echoes of great stories celebrating #womanhood . Definitely the happiest courtyard in the palace - elite ladies gathered here, celebrated life with friends, loved ones; beautiful moments of joy, melody of anklets, tinkle of bangles, twinkling kohl eyes, mingled with laughter echoing all around. Zenana Mahal (Palace of Royal Ladies) was added 415 years later to this quadrant for Princesses in their palanquins visiting the Princess, dignitaries, family gathered under arcade of pillars. Upstairs under a beautiful #filigree dome made in pure marble, outlined with #latticework / #jali , fragrant air filled with scents of musk, rose, champaca; seated at the jharoka the wise Maharani silently watching it all blissfully.
Meet the dynamic Queen of Mewar who stood up for what she believed. A woman who knew her #selfworth , a lady with pride, dignity, who never compromised on her principles, poised in her beliefs, astute, resilient, gentle yet courageous. Behind every great man there's a strong exemplary woman who motivated him to be the best. It's her palace you see - Maharani Jaivanta Bai Songara - who instilled in her son values, integrity. You met him - Maharana Pratap Singh Sisodia.
Often we only read in school about His-story but somewhere in the long forgotten ancient pages there are great Her-stories as well. #History is written by men so #Herstory legends, sacrifices won't be important enough to be recorded it's just expected! Women weren't discriminated during Vedic period (5000 years ago) they had freedom of choice, unafraid in opinion, a voice, rejoiced in being whoever they chose to be, intellectual knowledge was dowry, a lifestyle they dared to dream, determined to follow their hearts desire, devoted, dedicated, driven come what may. Then Manusmriti, Mughals, oppression happened; imposing a patriarchal society, weighty traditions, inequality, hypocrite mindset, a plethora of issues. You can change it. Stand up for the freedom of choice for women in your family. Let her choose You support without being judgemental. A bird needs 2 wings to fly she's the other half. Allow her to be....
विद्यार्थी लभते विद्यां धनार्थी लभते धनम् ।
पुत्रार्थी लभते पुत्रान्मोक्षार्थी लभते गतिम् ॥
Priests devotedly performing the 'Rangapooje' at 'Southadka Mahaganapathi Srikshetra'🙂 A few kilometers off Nelyadi on the way to Dharmastala near Kokkada you will find Lord Ganesha sitting benevolently amongst men, women, children, cows, monkeys, trees, earth, water and skies alike. Here there are no walls of any kind. We spent an entire afternoon here and I must say that I have not been to a more serene place of worship ever.Despite the line of devotees waiting to pray and fulfill their ‘harake’ , also for the’ theertha’ and ‘prasada’ it did not seem like there was any rush which is the usual case in other places. Here a temple felt like a temple. The incessant ringing of brass bells, the cows mooing in the goshale, the small ripe mangoes falling with the wind and the yummy lunch along with ‘Suttavu’ and ‘Avalakki Naivedya’ made my day😊
Sthalapurana says that this idol was installed by cowherds here and since they were growing cucumber (‘Southe’ in Kannada) in their fields('Adka' in Kannada) they offered the same to the Lord during worship. Hence, this place gets the name 'Southadka'. According to a popular belief, the Lord came in their dreams and asked them not to build a temple for him as it would mean restricting the ones who come to seek his blessings. He wished to remain in the open amidst the lush green surroundings like one amongst us. And even to this day it indeed feels so😊
One among the hundred exciting experiences on a train journey🛤 in India is the ride across a river bridge. This was an early morning view of the ‘Kumaradhara’ from Kannur Express. The river flows from Kodagu and is joined by Gundia flowing from Sakleshpura. It then merges with Netravathi at Uppinangadi, also known as Dakshina Kashi before flowing to the Arabian Sea. With such great waters around, the greenery is bound to be bountiful in Western Ghats🏞 As splendid as the view is the history associated with these waters. Subramanya, the son of Shiva is known to have washed his weapons after conquering the demonic forces. Also, the river is known to have taken origin from the holy waters brought by the Gods from heavens to bless Subramanya after this war. In the Tretayuga, Parashurama came here and bathed to reprieve himself of the sins of exterminating the Kshatriya race twenty one times over. In the Dvaparayuga when Samba, the son of Sri Krishna was cursed with leprosy, he came to bathe here and smeared the mud from the river bank over his body to become free from the disease. Devotees therefore believe in the miraculous powers and medicinal properties of these waters.The Pandavas have also visited this holy place during this time.
I wish we considered all our ancient history and solid science before marching ahead with diversion dams in the name of water supply today. Despite having the most rainfall per square unit of land area and the world's richest tradition in water management we Indians have failed somewhere🙁
KERALA // Travelling around India for the last two weeks with no Snapchat, Insta, Facebook, limited communication to the virtual world has been pure bliss. Meditating to the sound of the birds in the midst of Wayanad's forests, absorbing the freshness of the air, surrounded by petrichor after a good Summer's rainfall, has helped me to practice being in the moment, connecting to nature and myself rather than superficial things. Kerala you have been absolutely amazing ❤🌈