Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

The colours of freedom

August 15, 2019

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I pray that all the colours live together in harmony.
We need independence from bigotry and corruption…into that heaven of freedom, O Mother, let my country awake.

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Memories of Pujo

October 2, 2014

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চেযে দেখলাম নিজের মনের মধ্যে।
পুজোর সে দিনগুলি আবার
চোখের সামনে এসে পড়ল।
ঢাকি, প্রসাদ, নতুন কাপড় জামা,মিষ্টি,ঘুঘনি,সে যে ভীড় ….
মনে করিলাম সেই দৃশ্যগুলোকে।
আজ আমি অনেক দূরে আছি.
তবুও আমার মন ক্ষণে পৌঁছে গেল
মায়ের কাছে….
মহিষাসুর মর্ধিনি! দেবী!
আমার প্রনাম স্বীকার কর গো মা!
তোমার চরণ স্পর্শতে
আমার মন ও আত্মা
কমলের মতন ফুটিয়া পড়ে।
জননী, ই জগতের রক্ষা কর !

I looked back, in my mind,
And revisited the days of Pujo.
The dhaakis, prasad, new clothes, sweets, those crowds..
I saw those scenes once again.
Today, I am very far away.
But my mind reached the Mother
In an instant.
O Slayer of Mahishasur! O Goddess!
Accept my reverence, O Mother!
At the touch of your feet
My mind and soul
Blossom like lotuses.
O Mother, protect this Earth!

here

is my blogpost from 8 years ago! Happy Bijoya to everyone!

Day 2, Bhutan, Paro-Dochu La-Thimphu-Punakha

November 30, 2012

This was a day when we left Paro, and travelled through Dochu La (La is a pass) to Thimphu, got some permits (which also allowed us to explore the main street of the little capital at leisure while we waited for the paperwork…Geetanjali got us special permission to go to Phobjikha, which is no longer allowed, to see the critically-endangered Black-necked Cranes)…..and on to Punakha.

I am leaving for Pune today (the train is at 4pm) so I will just post some photos….

The Dzong and the National Museum (damaged in the earthquake, so no longer open to tourists) at Paro:

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The stream flowing near it….

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A huge flock of Red-billed Choughs that we saw on our way:

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A

TRI-COLOURED SHRIKE:

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An unknown, beautiful blue wildflower:

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Signposts:

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The Royal Couple (they didn’t come to meet me, alas)

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A

BLUE PANSY

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Geetanjali working on our special permits at the Thimphu Immigration Office:

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Parimala, Savitha and I went off to explore the handicrafts stalls….here are some masks and someone is trying one on….

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The phallus is a symbol of strength and prosperity, and is painted on many house walls. Women who have no children also make votive offerings of masks and realistically-painted phalluses, which are on sale:

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The bamboo baskets behind this girl are for packing lunch, and Savitha and Parimala bought some…one fits tightly into the second:

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Ladies are the stall owners, and ladies sell ladles:

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I popped into the Textile Museum very briefly:

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In Bhutan everything…water, the air, the movement of a car, a human hand, can produce a prayer. Here, a mountain stream turns a prayer wheel constantly:

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When in difficulties or bad health, families consult astrologers who tell them how many (hundreds or thousands) of these Tsa-tsas or “stupa cakes” made of wood or lime, to put at what locations:

stupa cakes 211112 Bhuta

I do love “zero” signposts!

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At Dochu La, dusk was falling as we explored the 108 stupas put up there:

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The Stupas and the arches made great silhouettes against the darkening sky:

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The pass faces a range of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya:

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snw cap Dochu La 211112 Bhutan

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Here’s a detail from one of the 108 Stupas:

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I close with this view of the main Stupa at Dochu La, with all the others behind it…pink and mauve in the gathering dusk….

Dochu La stupa 108 211112 Bhuta

I am now getting JAPANESE as well as Russian spam on LJ, and I am sure there are words that would never use in polite circles! I am rarely able to post comments, and it’s only a sense of cussedness that keeps me posting here. I will be putting up more photos on Facebook…do see them!

The Praying Mantis, 100911

September 11, 2011

We generally dress in our oldest, dull-coloured clothes to go on nature trails, because many creatures are sensitive to bright colours, and vanish as soon they see such colours moving around. In Nature, blending in with one’s surroundings is often the key to survival…what stands out is often what’s eaten, and also what could be dangerous.

But there are creatures who manage to blend beautifully into their surroundings, and yet remain very colourful!

The

PRAYING MANTIS

that we found on Saturday at the Valley School was a prime example:

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It was quite tough to see the Mantis at first, but we all soon gathered around to take some macro shots:

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Karthik pointed this beauty out to us…

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The mantes can move lightning-fast when they sight prey, and yet remain as immobile as a statue otherwise!

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I could not resist taking several shots:

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Here’s a short video of it moving those “prayerful” front limbs!

This was just one of the many colourful sightings we had in Valley School:

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You can see the photos of our trip on my Facebook page, if you

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When there are so many interesting things to be seen with Life Under Foot, why run behind stripes and spots alone?

This appealed to me…

July 5, 2011

I found this at the bottom of the forward I got:

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk…!

Sounds great to me!

A Prayer for the Stressed

December 30, 2006

From an email from a friend of mine….

A PRAYER FOR THE STRESSED

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to
change things that I cannot accept,and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those
I had to kill today because they got on my nerves…

Also help me to be careful of the toes I step on today as they may be
connected to the feet I have to kiss tomorrow..

Help me to always give 100% at work..
12% on Mondays
23% on Tuesdays
40% on Wednesdays
20% on Thursdays
5% on Fridays

And help me to remember when I am having a bad day and it seems people are
trying to wind me up that..
It takes 42 muscles to frown, 28 muscles to smile, and only 4 to extend my arm
and smack someone in the mouth….