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

“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

               

‘VastuShastra(Iconography) is the Home of Nature.

When Vastu was born.  ? The earth is covered with directions and it is moving from west to east every day. Directions are steady for distracted world and for steady world, directions can move(By Babubhai Ranpura, my Guru). Vision is very important when moving in the right direction for anyone.  In every sector direction is need full. How vastu shastra born before ages..?. Humans had been living by the use of five elements. At first they used naturally and now with some machines also. These five elements are sky, air, fire, water and earth.  These five elements have been moving from their directions to gave breath, lights, peace(Water), nutrition(Earth) and thoughts(Sky). The home of humans were caves and elements naturally collide with those rocks to maintain the life of humans in the right direction. 

Painting by me…

   When there would be the first  human made structure of 90 degrees built to live?. Because Nature has never created any 90 degree angles.  So the five elements were moving smoothly into the caves or homes before that and when the angles created by human made structures then something unnatural move found by those five elements. I think by that, the requirements of Vastu shastra realised. How that air would collide that first 90 degree angle?. How humid, sunlight, space of thoughts and greenery found something unusual to move from there?.  Vastu is nothing more than a source of the five elements in any structure. If anyone is believed to make a structure like it then it’s going to be good for lives.

    Everyone has a dream to have a beautiful home and peaceful life in that home. Many of them serious to make a good home plan which is suitable to Vastu shastra. But Can we ever have a thought of doing suitable or good for Vastu or directions. ! If directions can work for us then why not we ?! Human beings searching  everything for the betterment of them but Humans should look for the betterment of nature or directions. Then it would be great for the Humans.

   The corners in home are very important in the sense of Vastu Shastra and of our mind. We should give enough space to move those five elements and have a peaceful life.

Thank You So Much.. Everyone. I completed  50 blogs today. Thanks for the appreciation and love.

©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 taste of life…

Recently, I heard about four day week concept by Microsoft of Japan which was very effective and it led to 40% productivity!!

Working is always create strength for our better future. Running towards success and achievements is going to be our habits. Needs are always knocking on our doors but Facilities are not our needs and in spite of knowing the truth we goes for facilities more than needs.!

Painting by me…

 Emotions are everywhere and emotions are in the base of relations. Any genius, inventor, businessman, multimillionaire is of somebody’s someone. No-one can decline that. Even we remember those big names with someone’s daughter or son. Any individual achievement is very small against our loving relations. Is success and achievements are more important than our relations.?! Being miles away from my dear one while she was suffering from illness I realised that every achievement is very less than those sweet moments I live with her. If we believe and open the doors of the emotions, we will find that being with our dear ones and smile candidly is the highest achievement. We always share our success with our loved ones and if we can’t then success is worthless.Though money is important in every aspect of worldly life, we should spend some invaluable time with our dear ones. There is less importance for any expensive things to gift but that given time is most valuable than anything. If we can laugh and smile together is the most precious thing in life.

Diamond times are always better than diamond rings..

Thank you so much

©  Jigar Soni 

The need of Sanctity in Worldly Life

 Life is a gift from Nature. Life lives between the sunrise and sunset. I always feel that the east horizon tells to every human being that the life is yours but fulfil someone’s life with few needs.In Hinduism we can read that our life has four stages which are described as ‘Ashram’. Those are Brahmcharya, Grihastashram, Vanprassthashram and Sanyas Ashram. No one can deny these stages of life and our responsibilities during that time. 

watercolour painting by me

A few weeks ago, I found one Video of young girl. She was nearly 16 years old and belonged to a very rich family. She is an only child of her parents.  I came to know that the girl decided to leave her worldly life to be ascetic. The girl gave a speech with tears in her eyes and relatives were too. I felt so much pain in her voice. To understand or feel something, she was going to sacrifice her whole Life. It was painful for me to watch that. A young age girl who could study more and gain knowledge. She could be a housewife or social worker to help others who are not able to do something. She could use those earnings of her father to help someone for an education and made her parents feel proud.. !! 

Is Sacrifice of a worldly Life to become a monk or  hermit is the right way ?? Can anyone live a life with sanctity without being a monk ? I found many guys doing a great job for the societies and nature… They live for the society, do their jobs, protect nature and work as messengers for the humane Society.  So, may we call them Worldly Monks?? The question is which way is the right one.? 

I think our life has very important stages and to stick with each phase is our responsibility. Those young energies has to do a lot for societies, Nature, Policies. Inventions etc. I am not thinking only for India but in the world that young generation has enough potential to have a change for a better society.

 A madness of wander in Nature become better than inactivity within those four walls.      

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

To have feelings of ultimate, there is no better place than nature.              

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

Art is your Inner world…

Any Art is a subject of learning first. Any performer is first a learner than anything else. To learn something, one should have a large inner world. Many newcomers are not accepting those basic things from their mentors and they struggle a lot in future. An artist should be concerned about inner world than the outer world

Before few years, my father went to one painting exhibition in Mumbai. A big place and many well known artists came there for an inauguration. Some artists introduce my father to well known artists who has a big name in modern and contemporary art. During that time they had very healthy talk about abstract art and realism.From one of those artists criticised my father for his look.He told that Soniji, you don’t look like an artist with your simple formal dress and style. You should have some long beard, different hair style or dress like kurta-pajamas.?? He then pointed to a few artists who had some different hairstyles, different beard, some had ear rings. Look, every artist has some style for their looks. You don’t look different or Artist and you look like a layman !! My father politely answered that sir, here every artist has their special outlook where I am a simple man with only a formal wear..Am I look different from you all…?? 

Everything in art is an impression from your inner world. A look of any artist depends on his/her style of painting if they deeply involved in art…

A painting is an exterior look of any artist, they don’t need to paint themselves with different styles.
Thank you So much.

©  Jigar Soni