1. tonyburgess1969:

    Rest in peace Dr. Maya Angelou. You taught us all to dream, love and so much more.


  2. hiphopclassicks:

    We would like to pay our respects.  Maya Angelou touched so many people, her words of strength and encouragement will live forever.  She’s legendary.

    "When you get, give.  When you learn, teach."

    Rest In Peace, Queen.


  3. orbitalencounters:

    Ravi Varma (1848-1906) Oleographs.

    probably the first Indian artist to master perspective and the use of the oil medium; the first to use human models to illustrate Hindu gods and goddesses; the first Indian artist to become famous, before him painters and craftsmen were largely unidentified; and the first to make his work available not just to the rich elite but also to common people by way of his oleographs.

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    (via hinducosmos)


  4. hinducosmos:

    The Lotus-Eyed & Dark-Hued Lord Rama  (via HariHarji)


  5. The civilization of ancient Greece was nurtured in the city walls. In fact, all the modern civilization have their cradles of brick and mortar, The walls leave their mark deep in the minds of men…Thus in India it was in the forests that our civilization had its birth, and it took a distinct character from this origin and environment. It was surrounded by the vast life of nature and had the closest and most constant intercourse with her varying aspects…His aim was not to acquire but to realize, to enlarge his consciousness by growing into his surroundings. the west seems to take pride in thinking that it is subduing Nature as if we are living in a hostile world where we have to wrest everything we want from an unwilling and alien arrangement of things. This sentiment is the product of the city wall habit and training of mind. But in India the point of view was different; it included the world with the man as one great truth. India put all her emphasis on the harmony that exists between the individual and the universal….The fundamental unity of creation was not simply a philosophical speculation for India; it was her life object to realize this great harmony in feeling and in action.
    — Rabindranath Tagore, Sadhana

  6. I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there.
    — Lord Krishna

  7. Why should I have the goal of liberation or Self-realisation? After all, why? What is the harm if I am reborn? What is the harm if I’m to die again? Why not? Then in this birth, I can enjoy life. In liberation, where is the enjoyment because you are one with God? (05.01.2003)

    Good!  This is a genuine question, a very genuine question. As a man in the company of God, I can enjoy nearness and I can enjoy dearness. In liberation, is there anything like ‘dearness’ and ‘nearness’ and bliss? This is a genuine question indeed!

    The answer is this: Instead of loving God, if you become Love itself, it is a million times greater than the process of loving. I think that’s clear. Instead of trying to be blissful in the company of God, if you are bliss itself, what else is left in this world? And the experiences of pain and pleasure, success and failure, blame and praise — these are all due to the dualism of life. Once you go beyond dualism, where there is no positive or negative, that is the state of liberation, moksha or nirvana.

    So, one aims for liberation in order to remain in the state of bliss, not just to have blissful moments. Intermediate, blissful moments are different from the state of bliss itself. So, this permanent bliss is coveted very much. People deeply pray for liberation on the spiritual path because with liberation you find eternal bliss. In life, you have momentary bliss or blissful moments. So, in ordinary existence you are dual, whereas in liberation you are non-dual. Therefore, liberation is the ultimate.

    Instead of being a lakhshapati (having hundreds of thousands) or a crorepati (having tens of millions), instead of being the owner of billions, if you are wealth itself, what more do you want? Or, instead of having water tanks, if you are the ocean itself, what more do you need? So, the fullness, the totality is liberation, while existence is fragmentary, segmented, in pieces, bit-by-bit. Therefore, one prays for liberation.

    (Prof Anil Kumar Q&A)


  8. How do you view depression in a civilised world? (19.01.2003)

    Civilisation necessarily makes you depressed (Laughter) because civilisation is nothing but the expression of the outer personality, comforts and conveniences, electronic gadgets, and so on. If I have the latest car, I’m sophisticated. If I have an air-conditioned home, well, I’m really civilised. Civilisation has no limits – the sky is the limit. In the name of civilisation, we have too many desires — desires are multiplied and multiplied. There’s no end at all. So, civilisation will certainly take you to depression.

    What we need is culture. Culture is based on values. Culture gives you satisfaction. Culture helps you to develop a balanced state of mind, whereas civilisation takes you to confusion. It is like a fire — whatever you put into it, the fire consumes. So, civilisation goes on consuming your energy, sapping your time, leaving no time to rest, stand and stare. Thus, in a civilised society, we should learn how to be cultured. Keep civilisation ‘number two’ and culture at the top of our priorities. Then there’ll be no depression.

    (Prof. Anil Kumar Q&A)


  9. Do not tell Me that you do not care for that bliss, that you are satisfied with the delusion and are not willing to undergo the rigours of sleeplessness. You basic nature, believe Me, abhors this dull, dreary routine of eating, drinking, and sleeping. It seeks something which it knows it has lost - Shaanthi (inward contentment). It seeks liberation from bondage to the trivial and the temporary. Every one craves for it in his heart of hearts. And it is available only in one shop - Contemplation of the highest self, the basis of all this appearance.

    However high a bird may soar, it has sooner or later to perch on a tree top, to enjoy quiet. So too, a day will come when even the most haughty, the most wilful, the most unbelieving and even those who assert that there is no joy or peace in the contemplation of the highest self will have to pray, “God, grant me peace, grant me consolation, strength and joy.”

    — Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

    (Source: saibaba.ws)


  10. disturbthebookmites:

    Nandi Bull Sculpture, c. 100 CE, India, 1872 photograph.

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