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 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

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

The Wealth of Health…

The world has stopped now. Everything has stopped and we are being watchful to this situation and observe by the time. There is no need to control traffic of air, road and rail. Work from home is a very good thing to rotate our life in a normal mode. How the world is facing challenges to fight against this current situation. The stupid excitement by eating insects caused to a worst situation now. It is not caused by nature or an examination taken by nature. The eating abnormality of a human being responsible for this disaster. World is facing this when we are missing a few emotions by the leaders, Business tycoons, artists, scientists, Ministers, politicians and others. We are missing those arrogant -smile on their faces. Only questions and questions are there on faces whether they are leaders of superpowers or top developed nations. The Pharmaceutical Scientists are working hard to discover vaccines.  This is not like an actual war situation because where we find attackers and defenders.This war is different where we only have to survive. The crashed economy has no idea how to rebuild and grow after coming out of this condition. Maybe after this, the world will need to change the perspectives of the economy. The speed of top economies has shut down suddenly. The only way to survive and return to our routine is awareness. The honourable prime minister of India requested to be aware to fight against this illness. A huge respect for doctors, nurses and other medical staff for being on duty constantly for the people. For applauding them we should come out to our balcony or from the window and by ringing the bell or playing plates like cymbal. 

Painting by me…

In Sanatan Sanskriti, ringing a temple bell has scientific reasons.Mostly in India, every small village or a society of cities has temples and we hear the sound of Aaarti(Pray) by playing bell or metal plates. I heard somewhere that the sound from Aaarti has the ability to destroy negativity besides us. Even the Vaidik sanskriti of Havan or incense in homes have reasons to destroy microbes there. So it is our responsibility to do something in this critical time. I plead to you everyone to contribute and get out of this current situation. Hope we all find a way to start our routine in a smooth way soon. Nature has the only capabilities to save us from this pestilence that is born by human disorder. 

Our healthy body is the profit of tomorrow that cannot be compared to estimated profit of business.   

Be safe and be at home for few weeks.

Jigar Soni

Nature for education and Nature of education…

In every aspect of life, we are learning something new. We educate us in a different role. Sometimes of life, of any subject, art, driving, in a career etc. We can be well educated but not anyone can be fully educated even by the end of life. In every zone there is a different system to study and learn. The most valuable study is from the innocent age when we go to school. Observation is the main key to learn something. Our ancestors observed first and then applied to their routine. By that they started to find solutions to problems. They innovated some invaluable things without any school. There was only one teacher and it was “Nature” . 

Painting by Navin R Soni

From the ages in Hindu sanskriti there has been a system of study from gurukul. ‘Sandipani’ ashram is the best example of it. In those times, students used to come from their home for a few terms and learned by staying there at ashram. They learnt by sitting under the tree and connecting with  soil. It’s amazing where the results were only seen in the eyes of gurus by their marking and not marks. Maybe there was no mathematics like today. They taught about shooting, languages, astronomy, yantras, mantras, tantra, different mathematics, science etc. The conversation of learning and teaching was in the proximity of nature. That’s why there was no burden of getting highest marks and being at top or bottom.Now, education has been changed totally. Air condition buildings, semesters, materials, books, exams, academies etc. Though the education system has a lot of issues, students should utilise their smooth efforts to study. Getting knowledge from study is more important than getting marks. Many students fears a lot during exams and takes stupid step of suicide !? How!? Exams are more important than life?. Even life is not an exam which can give you a certificate. It’s only filled with lessons. We can have great examples where one girl becomes an IAS topper or CA topper who is living in slums! A great respect for those who are studying hard to achieve something in life. Some have no smartphones, no ac classrooms, without study rooms achieved a lot from their learning. Those who have failed in exams and felt like losing a world should take inspiration from them. 

  Students in those times when an education took in gurukul by the imminent nature. There was no disappointment in the process of learning. The spoken words by gurus were first dropped on the leaves of the trees and then to the ears of students. So here it is much different from there. Hope this difference may be reduced by the coming tutors or students to achieve new heights of education. 

Education is not the slave of facilities, it’s a learning process by interchange between nature and human nature for a better tomorrow.

Thank You so much.

© Jigar Soni

Marriage is a Friendship…

Nowadays, Marriages celebrate like festivals. Lighting, Music, Decorations, food items, dresses, ornaments, Selfies, heavy sets, special entry for couple etc. Those few days of show offs have not  much more than calmness, love, understanding, responsibilities to each other. Heavy dresses, original flower decorations for some lakhs, high quality sets, expensive catering, music for extra emotions which is everything a talk of the society for a few days. Nothing will work more than love and candour to live together. 

Painting By Navin R Soni, Bhuj-India

     

From month ‘Kartak’ to ‘faagan’ and ‘vaishakh’ to ‘jeth’ is the season of marriages in India as Hindu calendar. ‘Muhurta’ (the right time for Rituals) is very important for marriage ceremonies. How could the way a trend of marriages started?! Without ‘Muhrata’, transactions, decorations, food dishes.?! By Indian Mythology, evening is a good time to be married when there is twilight created on the horizons. 

In Childhood, I always got bored of attending marriage functions and told my father about that. He had only one question for me. What will you do when you get marry.?! My answer is still the same.I got bored too during solemnization of my marriage that needs to be done two times. Where first for the actual ceremony and second time for photographers.! Those few days of Regalisam has nothing more than entertainment. Nothing will come together and every couple needs to understand their life on the basis of time. What can be a real definition of marriage? I think its’ a true friendship. If a couple can’t’ be true friends then life has a lot of disappointments. In old times women had nothing to do for their life. Women had no rights and men had a misunderstanding of having authority over them? Even the word ‘marriage’ is becoming a very less important and getting divorce is a very common thing for a few silly reasons! Tuning between each other is always necessary but now, the upcoming generation doesn’t’ have much interest in going for tuning and getting married to each other!? Many of them  are not sure about whether to marry or not. The word freedom has taken it the wrong way and they use it in their own way. Believing in marriage is a big question for coming generations.Stability has a great role to maintain their own life. Life is a lesson and those different faces of it should be learnt by the time. No one has been born as self-educated.

Marriage is like two good tuned instruments that can  produce sweet music. 

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