“Shiva”.. the Soul of the “Universe”

One day we were talking about the existence of “Shiva”. I think Shiva is the first soul, a first Light, a first drop and a main tone that is moving in the universe. Shiva is an element that can be moulded into any element. It can be wind, sky, water, fire or soil. Shiva is unborn. He doesn’t need to be born. Because one element which is an ultimate soul has no form. He can transfer into form himself to show us the existence.  Which would be the first ‘Manirshi’ had imagined or experienced the form of Shiva.? How the way the drawing had been drawn by an artist.?! That would be an ultimate feeling. In India, many places are known as the land of Shiva. Ujjain, Himalayas and Girnar are those lands known to him. Even Ujjain is called a nucleus of the world by the Monks! 

  

Painting by me of talmala.

When we go to some natural place and we find great vibrations, a presence of Shiva is there in soil. By going somewhere in nature if we find an ultimate breathing, it is a presence of Shiva in the air. In Jungles where we find a wonderful sound of waterfalls, is a Shiva. He is also in the sky with dark  clouds of monsoon. He is present in northern lights or in the volcanoes. The Shiva element is moving continuously in five elements. The CERN( European Organisation of Nuclear Research) had found something like the form of the ‘Nataraj’ during nuclear research. https://www.fritjofcapra.net/shivas-cosmic-dance-at-cern/

The form of Nataraj, the Shiva is a lord of destruction and creation. ‘Tandava’ is like a form of destruction. The destruction by the water or wind, there is Shiva there in tandava form. It is felt  in the tremor of an earthquake and in falling lightning. From ages, he is moving in between us and has been worshipped by Human beings. I am surprised with today’s worship with processions and posters on advertising boards.!? 

Shiva is the steady and ultimate flow, he doesn’t need to be prompted by human resources.

Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni

               

The Nature of Food-Culture….

      Wild life is very close to nature. This cycle of nature has everything that controls the balance for life. Normally earth is rotating on its own ground . The channel of human, wild life, animals is continuously running. Humans are called human because they have a sense of innovation and search for a better life for every cuss. For the ages have gone human has a theory of having food from nature. Those animals living in nature have a better understanding of this balance. I think the first food for our ancestors or animals would be grass. It was naturally grown and eaten by humans and animals.  The combination of thirsty creatures and carnivores in nature provides an enough balance. A big question is there that humans were carnivorous? By seeing those animals having carnivorous nature humans tried to do like them?! The less sense about having perfect food at that time. Then time went by and humans knew about agriculture. By farming humans got grain, vegetables and fruits. 

Painting by Navin R Soni

    There are two types of mind in people. One is natural and the other is against nature. I think man was never grown for being a non vegetarian. Agriculture was invented by man and that was the main invention by human beings on earth. It was by nature or nature friendly. When Heron is having a fish for food it is natural, but when a man eats a live fish,it’s unnatural. It looks precious when we see nature and wildlife on television or on the spot. At one side those photographers who spend hours and hours for one click of beautiful birds and the other side who are eating those beautiful alive birds like evils. How distortion is there in that.? Any cuss who is doing an unnatural thing is not acceptable for Nature. Even the fact is the non vegetarians are eating dead bodies whether they accept it or not. Now a big question about health is coming on a way for humans. One country is suffering now a days from their eating etiquette and maybe  other countries would suffer from it. Earth is giving something to every continent or nation. Every nation has an opportunity for agriculture and can have good food. Many people are changing their eating etiquette from Non-Vegetarian to Vegan and we appreciate them. In India some monks who are living in jungles of Girnar(Gir), Himalayas or in the other forest area have abilities of getting energy and enough nutrition from the leaves.?!! So, No one can have answer that some countries has less sources for agriculture and they are non-vegetarian by nature. The time will tell the stories of food culture of a particular country when they will need to change.

The ecosystem depends on Nature so there is no place for human deterioration.   

Thank you so much

© Jigar Soni     

Realism of Necessities…

   We all are slaves of necessities.. one child needs a mom. A child never ask or seeking to be in big house more than in the lap of mother. That is the first requirement of child. A child has no interest to sit in expensive cars, but they always excited about toy cars. If we are not aware of our needs, its’ endless. In spite of knowing that, someone run for more expensive necessities. Life has never require more than basic needs, but this materialistic world created a tumour in minds.

Painting by me.

 

  Simple living and high thinking is always work for everyone. Living a life naturally is truly blessings.Others can’t judge one’s living standards by having branded things or not ! Many of my friends has madness of buying expensive branded things. People buy expensive things in debt just to have attention towards them! The burden of such an outward life affects their personal life too.They live in debt and die in debt. Their families also have to face bad consequences. Even youngsters are doing like that?  Many families are afraid of losing relations with their relatives due to living standard. I think there is no need of such relations those are maintained by wealth and positions.           

      Someone said that our next generation should know that walking is not a poor thing and driving in expensive car is not a great thing.

      Rich relationships are not developed by expensive living. If that happens then its’ of selfishness.    
Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

The concern towards meditations…

What is meditation??. Is meditation like a process to achieve peace?. Can we achieve peace by doing few meditation seasons!?.many groups are doing meditation seasons to take breaks from work. Meditation is a one type of concern to know about yourself, self-conversation and have a peaceful mind. It has been proven that talking to yourself is much better than each other. I know one organisation where people goes to talk with themselves by seasons of meditations. They live there for few days tactically. They don’t allows to talk with anyone during those days. Many of those people feels great and relieves stress by few days seasons. Some of my friends suggested me to go there for an experience but I would find more concentrations in my artwork than any seasons. I feel that any art is a best meditation for our mental health. Even our work can be a good meditation when being done by full concentration.  I am not criticising people who are doing meditation seasons like these, even if no one has the rights to do it. but what I feel that art is a form of meditation more than performance.

Painting by Navin R Soni, Bhuj (India)

Recently, I want to share a true incident when one doctor went to meditation seasons. It is few miles away from my town. A doctor is a heart patient and had gone many times for meditation. When he was there during the season, he found himself with a brain stroke. He immediately knew that what happened to him and broke his silence. He informed other people but nobody reacted immediately because of silent meditation seasons and some more time had passed!!. Then someone from the staff called an ambulance and taken to the hospital. He is still hospitalised from three months.He is still in a coma and hoping for a quick recovery. 

I have a question that how the way we can estimate these meditation seasons. !!? Is it fine when one is suffering from serious injury and the others are stuck with their rules for a meditation. ?? How stupidity there.. ? I think extremeness is not good of anything. Whether its’ of meditation, knowledge, devotion, recourse or of anything. There can be nothing greater than instinct, love and innocence.

Meditation is the only thing to live without let down to anyone. 

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni


Dissolve the Ego by Nature.

It is said that ‘I’ is always capital.But i think ‘N’ is always capital and that is of Nature. There is no other option of nature for human beings. Nature is unique and It’s greater than anyone. Every  person has different human Nature and that reflects on his life. Nature has complete answers to our doubts, questions, unacceptable etc. Whenever the roads are closed of human strength , Nature start a path for them. For the self-examination, nature is an ultimate place. Those five elements always giving us everything that we need.Those five elements are common in nature and human nature.When they synchronised with each-other, we can have a continuous conversation with Nature. But Ego and pride is a big burden to our life. That overweight life has so much pain than a simple living. 

Painting by Navin R Soni, Bhuj-Gujarat.

 

Recently, after longtime i have gone to mountain ‘Girnar’. Every time by going there i feel close conversation with nature. When ego is flowing in our blood we even can’t accept Nature and Nature’s creations.  People like that should try self-examination by going into Nature. Live there with less facilities for some days and we realise our existence. By climbing those almost ten thousand upstairs in ‘Girnar’ we can realise our capacity and how helpless we are!!  Nature is convinced when fatigue is felt in the body. wherever we find space, we sit and take a rest. There is no need to have any kind of good furnishings ? If we understand then the place of taking rest becomes pilgrimage.Whenever the world of pride, ego or superstition is engulfed in life, one must examine oneself in nature. Many saints, monks do penance and examine their self by five elements of nature. They start to look continuously at the sun from rising to sunset.That travel by walking on earth creates some connection and by reaching that pilgrimage.For the worldly people, hiking is also a definition of self-mortification. It is not necessary to assimilate. Even youngsters going for trekking and adventure is a part of it and we would know our small positions or status in the lap of nature. May we walk barefoot on roads in summer?, climb those rocks without any support or can we stand in front of heavy waves.? 

Nature is the best place for self-realisation to terminate ego and pride.

Thank you so much. Have a great new year ahead to everyone.

© Jigar Soni 

The true notations of life…

If one is searching for the truth then he/she does not need to go anywhere. Truth is very near to Honesty. When life is embellished with honesty, it is truth. Many people have to keep searching for the truth, but there is no need to go anywhere. Honest life is probably the definition of truth. The words like morality, honesty, principles, decency are replaced by practicable, professionalism, selfishness, deftness etc. The madness of earning money has rubbed an important sensations of human beings like rightness and honesty. We can easily find an absence of those values but not them who has it. Countrywise, we have the best example of “Japan”.

Painting by Navin Soni, Bhuj-Gujarat

 Today, I want to tell about a common man of my town. We knew him with the name of ‘Saaleh’. During the late 90’s that man often come to our art gallery. He was poor by his wealth and used to sell old clothes but a very good ghazal singer.!! He learnt to sing from listening to the radio. Whenever he arrived to gallery he would himself order tea for him and for us. He sang ghazals like  masters and everyone would like to listen to him. He even got many stage shows.! One day he came to gallery and requested twenty rupees to my father. He had no slippers so he demanded. He gone immediately and returned after half an hour. He candidly smile to my father and said that Soni sir…I got old slippers in ten rupees. He gave back that remaining ten rupee note to my father !? After a few days, we got news about his death and those sung notes by salleh remain listen there forever. Melody hasn’t only in the singing like this kind of people, their life is melodious too. !! 

There is a great value of uprightness in any factor of life weather its’ of work, relations, relationships, social activities etc. Wealth that earned by doing injustice to someone can never be satisfied. May be we get less money by walking on the path of honesty, but those pure earn has a big impact in life. 

Steps towards rightness are higher than steps of the place of devotion… 

Thank you so much..

© Jigar Soni                        

Study is for Learning and Revamp the Life…

Knowledge is the key to understand our life. Many rural places in India are suffering to get proper education. Is getting an education about money at the end? Definitely not.. Though Education is not about getting high marks or numbers but it can grow up us in a proper way that we need. Learning is the thing where we improve as a mature and better person at every stage of life.

In our district there are many guys who lived in a rural area could have enough education through government schools. But, they grew up in influence of money. Those wealthy families who earn more than enough and they think about  no use of education. Their child gets what they demand like expensive bikes, cars, smartphones etc. They left studies and wandering in villages like kings. They are not serious about their life and the world they see is just a small village.It is like the frog in the well does not know the vastness of the sea. We can find arrogance in their language. Even those kids go to schools they don’t respect and obey their teachers.

Painting by Navin Soni (Bhuj)

Some parents always have a thought about those big names like Albert Einstein, Edison, Leonardo da vinci who had not enough education but they became greats of the world !? Those parents forget to see the other side of those greats.Though they left their education but they never left their study, learning and exams ! They gained knowledge from their daily life and invented invaluable things for the world. They  never thought of obtaining a degree but learning,study and achieve success was the motto. If one may not enjoy studying then he/she should go for learning and gaining knowledge by reading, creating, playing, helping and by inventing.

Learning is most important in any field and everyone should always be learning.  

An influence of something should not be the lack of some things of necessary…

Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni                   

The real strength of winning..

Congratulations to everyone on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji.

 The only thing which can completely turn-around from violence to non-violence, is Love. 

When I was writing this, one name came to my mind that is alexander.  who had madness for winning the world and he almost completed that but he could not win India. On his voyage, one time alexander was in Peshawar and stood at a corner besides a tree. A monk was sitting there on the corner and alexander came close and said to him that look…. I am alexander.!!.  I won the world and the last I will win this nation too… and saint asked him what will you do after that..?? Alexander proudly replied that I will live ‘peacefully’ and happily after winning. Monk said that but I am living very ‘peacefully’ right now!!!!..

Alex did not have any answer for that.

Then he turned and said, I am the king… what can I do for you?!! –  Saint said – do me a favour ..please go the other side with your horse.. because winter is on and I am here to take sunlight which is hidden by you right now!!! Alx could not believe the way of the monk and broke down completely.

And the light came in mind of alex and then he realized  how many humans Killed to become a king of the world.??!!! And he got nothing more than this..!!!!!!?? He felt the guilt and he could not win India and died there. So the thing is there that by killing or violence and by killing a humans one can’t achieve that he want is peace..

But, when the ways of defending a country for  a soldier is his duty and that’s why we can live peacefully in our homes. They are protecting us and a big respect to those every soldiers who are indirectly maintaining peace to live people like us. I think they are soldiers who are seeking peace and nonviolence more than anyone else.

Gandhiji also won the world  with Love, Peace and Humanity.

Thank u so much everyone.

The stripped moments to achieve dreams…

Life is all about bringing needs and fulfil dreams.. Dreams that we see with open eyes. Todays we often find every other person who has not enough sleep to achieve their dreams. Someone is not being able to sleep due to stress or too much pending work. In my case, I can’t sleep early because of thinking about art, culture, writing etc. The most important thing is when we grow up and we apply that grown up ability in our daily life. Though needs are needs and we should achieve that. But by thinking about dreams with an open eyes are affects our sweet dreams of night. One night I was in a deep thinking about art. It was late at 2:AM and I couldn’t sleep for more than one hour. Suddenly, I sat on a swing, started swinging it and all the thoughts were stopped and I slept deeply in few minutes. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj-India) , “The Night”

Many times we think too much about our business, future and we forget to live in the present. A little child who has nothing to think about anything. Children sleep in cradle in a few seconds and someone who is matured needs the whole night. Insomnia is now we found more in adults than never and because they don’t stop their mind in positive  thinking or negative. Young adults and teenagers suffering from insomnia due to depression and smartphones. It’s a really serious matter that those young guys not taking enough sleep due to negative thoughts or depression and by that they damage their physical health after some years. Taking a sleeping tablets are really harmful to our minds and we damaged our memory by that. Everyone who is suffering from insomnia should try a hammock or cradle which was our first connection of sleep!

Sometimes being a little child creates a great maturity for living a life.  

©  Jigar Soni

The Plated Celebrations…

 This is the festival of navratri. The longest festival. Every festival of any country reflects its art and culture. Art and culture defined by the people. In my opinion, Life is a longest festival.      We are eager to celebrate and struggle a bit between eagarness and celebrations. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj)

   A festival of Navratri is now very popular across the world. It’s a festival of nine nights. I thought about how this celebration has changed in modern times?? It was all about worship of our goddess and the feast of adoration. It was the festival of Garba. Some women met in the square near their homes. They did worship of our Goddess and played garba. Garba is an art of playing with rhythm in circularly(Perambulate). They sang together, clapped and create the ‘laya’. What would be an incredible sweetness on those sounds !! ? They never needed any heavy drums or speakers to play but the rhythm had been created by their claps, Garba sung by women and playing circularly were everything  together.!? The rhythm from their claps and sounds from their singing was wonderful to hear. It was a divine noise created to worship. Everyone naturally could get the rhythm in their play. The ultimate joy was also there.! 

    May this festival is a worship of our mother earth?? Who can know about this.?? Somebody has written that a Garba is a symbol of the universe. Is it the perambulate of the universe. !!

   Now, the whole scenario has changed. This festival has taken a form of business. The loud speakers causing noise pollution.No worship and more drama to win competitions!?? By remembering those steps taught by dance masters they actually forget to dance naturally. Following those steps are not the worship or adoration. The joy of playing is better than following the steps.

   Festivals came from a small celebrations to love, respect and have faith in God.Those festivals which were the identity of our culture is now hidden by the way of our celebrations.  
Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni