Nature is an Architecture….

         For the last two and half months I have been learning something about architecture online by Harwardx. Therefore I wasn’t able to connect to my blogs. Anytime when you are gaining something you can’t be able to serve something perfectly. I have learnt some amazing fundamentals and depth about it which will remember life long. Architecture is a place of giving a place to the others. It is a great world of arranging a space for the needs. I think there is no place in the world without architecture. It is either by people or nature. The place where I am writing is an example of an architecture and the place where you are reading is an architecture. Even there is an architecture of every human being which is formless and that is hidden.   

Painting by Navin Soni, Bhuj.

     By learning I had a thought that when and where were the first architectural elements combined together? How was the need for architecture born there? The caves were the first architecture created naturally and used by acenters. Those rocks were materials to protect the humans. Nature was always Eco-friendly to humans and it created amazing compositions for them. I think that how humans were inspired to build something by observing any fallen tree trunk.? Did they realise the use of the leaves to build a roof for the protection? The roof is the oldest identity for the architecture which is still in use. It was necessary to build something in those times. But after the inventions the use of architecture applied more for the impact than basic needs. The way of architecture changed a lot during the times of Renaissance. The actual need was a home for each and then the home for the memory of a special one which we called monuments. The architecture has become the language to express something and we have been experiencing the great monuments in the world. It is the way to reflect the culture or the traditions. It gives sensuousness to the viewers which is very useful for the generations.

    Now, the architecture transformed from maximalism to minimalism. There are many  architectural places we see that touch the sky, great underground construction with casted materials. But things are going back to the mainstream where humans are seeking a pure material  which is close to nature. Nature never casts any material but it provides in a pure form to humans. Whatever humans achieve in architecture which is always short of satisfaction. Therefore the way of minimalism in architecture is being applied in the present times. The architecture from a few decades changed its way of giving sensuousness to the viewers. It produces the thought of self realization which creates a better society. I observed the few really great monuments like the peace park created in San francisco, Wang Shu’s Ningbo museum in china which built from the remains of demolished villages and Germany’s holocaust memorial. Those abstract designs have a lot to say to society. Humans need remarks by seeing the monuments for better tomorrow and that can be done by presenting Speaking Architecture. It is very important to know the human values by the way of an architecture. It gives the sense to protect human-made architecture and nature-made architecture too. 

        To view the Speaking Architecture, there should be Listening eyes.

        Architecture is never going to be eradicated, It may sometime return to its original form in future.

Happy New year to Everyone. Have a great and Healthy new year to everyone.

© Jigar Soni

The invisible Independence…..

     India…. The land of variations with People, Nature, Cities and villages. For centuries, it has been ruled by kings from different regions. Everybody had a different ruling system and it had to be followed by the people. But one community is all above from there. They did not have any relations with people or Rulers. They have been making their path individually. They don’t care about who is the leader or a ruler of the country. They are fully concerned with nature, living with spirituality, meditation and they are Independent always. They are “Digambari” Saadhus(Monks whose dresses are Directions). They don’t have any interest in the outside world. These Monks are the unique identity of India.

Painting by Navin Soni , Bhuj-Gujarat

    India has been ruled by the Britishers for many years.  People of India followed the rules and regulations. In that era these Digambari Saadhus never needed to follow any rules and regulations because they have never been attached to this world. They have been living in an inner world which is mysterious. They are living in the cavities of the Earth and don’t have any interest in showing their identity to people. Centuries and centuries gone but, they have been living with the same way and will live like that for centuries. This community looks inactive for the outer world but it’s not a fact because they continuously converse with Nature and maintain that balance in it. They know every step of Nature and manage those damages by every footsteps of Humans. They have been living in Independence because any rulers or leaders have never been able to find them. Any Power has not been able to make slaves or give freedom. Gold is like dust for them and they are free from any human compression. They left to wear apparels too, to live. They even live in the social world  like a normal human being to observe people and present mentality. Monks like these are living in the world and not only in India. They are all interconnected and India is a centre for them. My salutations to every such monk like that and India which is always independent. 

     A visible inactivity should not be observed by human compression. It has a mime performance which pronounces human activities.. 

Thank You So Much..

Happy Independence days to everyone.    

© Jigar Soni                          

Religion is from society, society is not from Religion…

     In the beginning of human being how could religion have its existence ?How firstly, someone prayed or worshipped anywhere ? To any stone, in the cave by observing rocks, to the gap of tree trunk?. By what transparent thing on every surface where humans had used to pray to it and things worked for them?. How the way things have been working for human beings from the ages… !!?  Those times even though the centres of worship were small but it worked..  I think believing in an ultimate is working more than anything. Today, many cults have made hundreds of big centres for the Worship, but the belief of people has been reduced towards nature. They feel proud of their own capabilities of creating centres or big monuments.. 

Photo by me taken on the way of Girnar Parikrama Route…

        Things are changed now.. Those times, saints or monks used to stay at some devotees’ homes and now many devotees stay at saints’ or monks’ places when they go away. Change is always a part of time but the things are really changed with partiality. I heard about a matter that happened with one of our family friends. They went to a place  which was popular for devotees. They reached there and asked for the room. The guy in the office gave keys without having a look into them.  The room was not really clean but they could adjust there with some less facilities. After a few times they went to worship where they met monks and talked sometime. Eventually monks came to know that they recommended to stay there by one of the main trusties and the room changed with more facilities suddenly.. !!?. Many rooms were available there and it was surprising to see that attitude towards them.. !!  They also  came to know that my friend was from outside India and he could contribute more in trust to develop that place. Our family friend felt that how the way things changed for them when they found a wealthy family by one cult ? ! Though families who are staying there have some responsibilities during the stay but it should not divide by the wealth of devotees.   Maybe not all cults or places have the same attitude but I heard that many religious places have this kind of theories to handle the guests. For the find of wealth they forget a way of religion. Religion has nothing with these types of transactions. It is miles away from there.

      What is Religion is a big question from decades. I think Religion is still there from the ages. It has never changed its place. It has no discrimination, partiality, transactions, business or any other thing like that.

      If we can understand the way of one element of nature, then the true definition of Religion will be known.        

Thank You So Much..

©Jigar Soni

The calculations without transactions…

     Update and up gradation is a natural clock of our life. Even if we are doing nothing in a day we feel something up for once in a day. We feel that things are really going fast and this fastness always pushes us to do better and get better the day after tomorrow. In the update we always miss some wonderful moments of our life from the past. Some college students miss school days, school children miss childhood days, some married miss single days 😀 . 

Photo by me of Mountain Girnar

  At one time I had been to Girnar with some friends. Friends need to shut some places in Girnar for the documentary film. I was there as a much familiar person to Girnar. I was just 20 years old and not much of a busy person that time and even today too. I take those chances to go out in nature and feel better. We reached there in the evening and went to one aashram. Those saints welcomed us and we put our bags in a room. We took dinner and went to meet the chief monk. We had some spiritual talks about Girnar and understood the way of their cult. Suddenly the other monks called the chief for some prayer and they joined to sing at one corner there. Music touches me a lot and the effect without any loudspeakers is always precious. They were singing and we enjoyed some time. There was an older person with us on that trip and we decided to bring one folk singer Nugaa Bhagat of Junagadh. We knew each other for more than a year. We called him after 10:PM and requested him to sing for us that night. He said yes without any hesitations and took him to ashram  by our car. There were no instruments, no Microphone, no lights but only a tone of Nugaa Bhagat. He has his “Ektaro” (one string instrument) with him always. He sang with it there. He sang the whole night till 4 A.M. Four monks and we three sat there to hear those ultimate tones. Girnar was in the background and it was the rainy season. At 5:AM we dropped Nuga Bhagat to his house and returned to Ashram. The most surprising thing was that there were no expectations in his eyes of having some money for singing. He sang continuously like a true devotee and without any expectations in spite of hardly fulfilling needs to the family. ! Even when we firstly reached the ashram I showed expectations in the eyes of some monks. It was a pleasurable night for us. I enjoyed it fully with utmost satisfaction. Those times which had no transactions but without that we got memorable times. Every time in life we are calculating everything. But, I think we should leave some time like that where we forget to calculate and increase our values.. ?! Some day if we are not having an upgrade then nothing will change to our life. Remember that when we are in a difficult face of life then those memories are being souvenirs for us..Those moments when a human upgrade with human values are always calculated differently in our life by Nature.

       Sometimes we should leave our daily calculations and allow Nature to do it for us. It will be invaluable and ultimate.

       Those moments who are calculated can never provide satisfaction where those are without calculations always create satisfaction.  

Thank You So much. 

© Jigar Soni                         

The Unconditional Humanity…..

      Donations… We are much familiar with this word now. Everyone know the meaning and necessary of it. In my school times I thought it’s something like punishment for those who get poor marks and by that they get admission into some colleges. There are always conditions in every transaction and it’s also in donations. Someone wants to get an admission by donations. Someone wants popularity by donations and someone has interest in rumours. Though Some industrialists are doing a great job by helping the poor for their betterment. Those who have enough money for the donations are always usual but those who don’t have much money and source helping others ,are unusual. ‘Donation’ is a very formalist word for them. ‘Help’ is a very nice word to describe their lives.

Painting by me…

  I am talking about a great artist of Ahmadabad who was a simple and very kind-hearted man. He was an artist from C.N College of fine arts. His name is Mr. K.R. Yadav. He was a professor in C.N Fine Arts and my father was a student that time in between 1980’s. My father was aware about his style , simplicity, and the kind nature of Yadav sir. He came with his bicycle every day. He always cared about their students and Whenever he got his salary at the end of month, he used to write on the bulletin board that ‘If any student does not have money to pay the fee, he should come to me ! He paid fees for many students. Despite being a family-man, he lived like that. Sometimes missing a few bucks for his house expenses, he went to his artist friend to have some money. Though he used to talk with that friend about some other things, It was understandable for that artist and he used to give some rupees to Yadav sir. They know about each other’s condition, unconditionally. He was very much a tea lover and used to go to one tea stall on the opposite side of C.N. College. The tea seller knew about Yadav sir’s kind nature and was like a friend of his. He would never take rupees for tea from sir ?  How that tea man would not even take money from him ! Because he used to understand him unconditionally. That great chain was key to throbbing the city. We hardly find these throbbing characters in cities now. Such characters who try to fill someone’s life by liveness are a form of blessings and may nature continue to shower such blessings. 

Cities are not known for their cars running in the twinkling lights of the dark knight, but for such characters who illuminate in the darkness of the day.              

Thank You So Much..

© Jigar Soni

The Light on Colourless mentality…

      From the ages, slavery is a part of human existence. In humanity, there should not be severance of slaves and kings. One society always struggles to survive their existence. They become slaves of the high society or much powerful people. There are a lot of examples of how kings killed people of the other region to become a king. I never understand  the actual reason for imperialism. It is for people or only for the attitude..?? It should not only be for the authority, it’s for the solutions. But that dark disposition continued in the imperialism. There is misuse of power and position from centuries.

 

watercolour by Navin Soni, Bhuj-India

      Over the years, some communities suffered a lot in the time of slavery. That can not be imagined how they survived in that period.. The blackout on the surface of mind created a lot of troubles for some people. The difference of colours was noticed from the darkness that was covered in the mind. It is always more important to observe fair than fairness.  Attempts were made to identify the colours by the psyche.Though some people from the power knew and understand the truth of tones and they supported to those communities. It is never possible to understand or know the tones in the darkness. That darkness reflected on the struggling society and they became resistant. Few of them turned into a way of crime.  

       Colours are scattered everywhere in nature. There are deep tones and light tones in every corner of the world together. That togetherness creates a beautiful world. Whenever I paint something I always put opposite colours on the palette together. I mix opposite colours and that produces rhythm to my paintings. 

      It has changed a lot in democracy where everyone lives, plays and celebrates together but still sometimes, that attitude reflects and we see protests and agitations. We hope that someday this blackout will get the sunlight on it then that will be a different world with pure vision.

      An eye has a power to see colours in the other’s eyes. It should not be use to discrimination about the colours.

Thank you so much…

© Jigar Soni

             

The Nature of Classification

Life is formed by people. Gatherings are always precious whether it’s a common man or so called celebrities, but not for these days. I surprise when people are divided into class by their income. In the exchange  method early in the beginning of transactions, they had less different categories.By the time, it has been smoothly categorised. Now by income, we have been called poor, lower class, middle class, upper class or Rich. When currencies came into transactions, the importance of exchanges reduced. Those emotions of giving are nowhere and the joy of exchange was there. Then Land, homes, grains have been measured by money. In the modern era of transactions it was only for the requirements  but after that it has taken the form of power and position. 

Painting by Navin Soni, Bhuj-India

Middle class… When I heard this word from the people, it produced some insulting vibrations…Why should we not be able to forget this class system and go for the better society scenario for future generations? I belonged to a family that had average income years ago, now we have some more income to live with more facilitated life. I know many families who are working hard to manage their monthly expenses. In every situation of disaster the most suffering people are from there. Think about one common man who earns 25,000 INR with honesty. Rarely, he takes a chance to enjoy with his family and he never gets concerns, appreciations from his work by the people where artists, musicians, sportsperson, actors get. There are many families like this living in metro cities. In any situation of pandemic like this, they suffer a lot to fulfil their requirements. These are the people who are boosting the economy of the country when they have to struggle for their own economy. They become shareholders of the multinational industries and pay taxes to the government. They know their family responsibility and have one to two kids, where those people have six to eight kids because of no education and will not be able to provide education to their children. It’s not on the basis of religion but about society. Mostly, those people get concerns from government, media, organisations for the donations. The man who is honest for his work, most of them are addiction free, getting less concern for the help where in  every situation poor people get help from organisations, government funds or by the rich people. I think communism  should be applied on this route. If we forget these things in socialism of different classes then a lot of changes will be in concern. This time is for those who have been able to earn more in recent years and know or remember those families who sicks some help. It’s all about knowing this difficult time and by concern to others we will have a responsible society in future. 

The class is never dependent on earnings, it depends on the nature of an individual.

Thank You So much

©  Jigar Soni

The Monasticism from ‘Karma’

      India is the land of spirituality.. Lot of cults and saints has been here. From east to west there are religious cults everywhere. Some of the monks have  big names in World also. In global world, saadhus also being famous by internet. It is good to have their thoughts and guidance being followed by the people all over the world. There are saints with the background of religion but there are a lot other saints who are in the background of deeds or karma. Both are important.

Painting by Navin R Soni, Bhuj-India

Today, I want to write about one man who is living in my town. His name is chandrashinha. He is lover of cow and serving cows from the heart. Those cows who are not been able to give milk those left by their owners and chandrashinha serve those cows. Before some years ago he got few lakes rupees in the land deal. Then he decided to serve for the cows and not to marry. He often goes to one saint who is living near to our town and bring some food, vegetables and milk to him.  Now these days, when the lock down is on, he couldn’t go for a few days after lock down. He called to the monk and knew that there were no vegetables and milk left for him. Buses are closed, private vehicles have no permission to go anywhere. It’s almost 9 km from our town. The brother of chandrashinha is a police officer but he hadn’t tell him for special permission. During this time he decided to go there by walk with vegetables and milk to serve him. He went there by walk,delivered  everything needed and returned with utmost satisfaction like he has always.!!. Sometimes, we can’t decide that who is monk?. That guide waiting for the things or the shishya(follower) who is serving him in this crucial time? Thus, there is no difference between the monk and his follower! People like this are not big names where others serve people by their religious speeches.  They know their ‘kaarmik’ duty and serve with satisfaction. There are lot other people who are serving food and other needs with dedication. Salutations to all those Kaarmik Saints…

      Some people are monks with their Karma’s, where they don’t need any religion in the background, because there is a background of nature always with them. 

Thank You So much

© Jigar Soni

The nature of an Agriculture…

Mother earth has a lot of variations in every continent. For the survival of the human being, the earth is giving  enough food sources for everyone. In simple words, earth gives us nutrition that our body(earth) needs. By agriculture, humans understood the nature of earth and humans have developed agriculture as an invention. 

    A month ago, I went to a farm with my family.  My sweet niece of three years with us. We get there by noon. My niece was really excited to see the farm. It was great to see how she looked at those plans, trees around there and that cultivated farm. By walking around there on the farm I used to talk with my niece and saw her some particles of grains. I told her that we are eating this in ‘roti'(Chapati, Tortilla). She was looking surprisingly at those particles and she touched to observe that. She was in deep thought about how these grains are really important for us to have food? She enjoyed a lot there and grabbed some fruits and seeds for home plants. It was really good to see those expressions in her eyes.

 

      In current times, parents are really conscious about their kids for studies. They send them to Nursery schools and feel really happy by listening to a few poems from their children. I think they should learn ‘A’ for Agriculture first rather than ‘A’ for Apple. It is good to have some learning in the early age but, kids should learn about agriculture. How sowing is done and how our farmers do hard  work to get to us. Kids need to realise how we actually get those grains by mother earth and the son of earth. Farmers has always been connected to land and sky. They know the language of land and seeds with enough water supply. They are reaping seasonally and wait for the nature’s turn. How Nature give us so many grains in return with only a few seeds? That importance should be learned prematurely and by that they will understand the nature of the earth. They learn the actual importance of our existence. Realisation of how earth is giving us those vegetables, grains, fruits and flowers without gaining a profit! In early age they understand the emotions of ‘giving’ to others. Our education system should include a subject of understanding agriculture which is as important as any other subjects. In the future, there will be a time when everyone needs to have knowledge about agriculture and have their own cultivable land. There will be a time when we have to grow and eat our own vegetables and grains.   

  The study of the language of the earth is as important as our language of conversation.

Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni    .                   

Art is a gift given by Nature..

  Being artistic and being an artist are two different things. There is never a dominion of an artist on art. Art is always a mother of an artist. It is like a child in the lap of a mother and she/art is moving her hands on the head of the artist/child. I always feel that artists are never self taught. They learn by observing others or nature. Music is nearer to nature. Every form of art is borne from nature and that first tone is very important. Whenever you go to the root of an art it would be nature. When one is going to learn any art form then the firstly, one should try to gain knowledge about it. Musicians should listen to other artists, painters and sculptors should read and observe the master pieces, writers need to read others ‘ words. Actors and dancers should look at plays and performances. Every artist is inspired by others’ work and they get more strength in their field. 

Painting by Artist Navin Soni (Ashtanayika painting series)

There are never any shortcuts to achieve in art. Today, many youngsters look at art as a thing of earning or a very easy task. They are looking for shortcuts. They are doing a few sketches and made a label of an ‘artist’ behind them. They post their work or performance on social media and get appreciation of  some poor work! Suddenly, they are at the top of the world and they don’t look at their weaknesses. They forget to have a self-examination on their work or performance and gain overconfidence. Even very talented and experienced artists post their work continuously to gaining appreciation. They also know that their level of work goes down compared to their old work! But they find a good way to deceive themselves. They earn enough by art but that’s not an art all about making a lot of money. Those are different things of doing a business and doing an Art. 

Art has no relation with arrogance. Many artists behave very strangely and proudly to people! ? They behave differently with their family too to express their artistic life and they forget of being a family man.  A local but the great artist of Kutch Mr. LC Soni always guided with few lines that dear artists, “Be human first than artist”. There should be humanity inside you before your art. Otherwise, there will be no difference between you and hooligan. An artist never known for his work or performance only but it is wearing a dress of homeliness or obedience.

  Art is not a cup of tea for every person of the world, it’s a sea of emotions to connect with people and set a perfect milieu for everyone. In my case, I will learn and learn for the lifetime in art.

On the day when you forget to calculate that received in art, something is learned by the supernatural.

Thank You So Much

© Jigar Soni