Inner Spiritual peace or the blissful in them self. These words themselves have the power to express human feelings. Those who are blissful with nature and close to nature are inspiring many of us. They love nature and their presence is loved by nature. They don’t need any dress to show others and live their life with minimum requirements. Those places where the common man is afraid to go during the days, those blissful persons have the guts to go there in dark nights.. They haven’t learned from the schools as they learn from nature. Though schools are teaching us that discipline we need in life but those are learning the discipline from nature. They know the ultimate pronunciations from nature and are very well aware about the future.
Today I want to describe those two great blissful characters of Geer-Gujarat. The way Girnar changed my perspective about life was invaluable. During the visit of Ginar in 2010, I heard about the fearless character who is a tea seller.The hotelier sells tea right under the mountain Girnar. Girnar is covered with 36 kilometres parikrama(Orbit) route and lots of people doing parikrama(Orbit) during Diwali times. This parikrama route is covered with more dense jungle where anyone would fear to go alone there in daytimes. That tea seller does Parikrama alone every month on the dark moon’s night with only one stick and torch. He knows well about the wild life culture there on route and also knows about those monks living in the deep caves. He brings some groceries for the monks with him and he indirectly knows the shortage of the groceries to monks. He is doing these things like his duty and he feels pleasure for himself. He dedicates his life to nature. He goes around lots of stones during his every month’s journey, but he never desires to colour one stone and sit there by being a monk. His life talks about the monkful journey. The people like these are monks from their inner peace who are always in conversation with nature.
The other person is a strong man living in the small village of geer region. His name is Abhaybhai. Once, I went to Girnar to make drawings of it. Abhaybhai helped us to find the spots on the parikrama route. He is a brave person who loves Lions and Nature. He is unmarried and never wanted to marry because of the love he has for nature and wildlife! Though he served his mother till the end of her life. He made food for her and worked for Nature’s needs and for wildlife. He is much anticipated towards nature and animals to protect it. He lives in village Ajab where lions are often found near to his house. He waits to see them and observe their language. His knowledge about wild animals impresses the officers of the forest department. He often comes with tourists to guide them but never expects to go professionally for more money. Many times the forest department told him to join them and have some good salary but he was not interested to do it for a long time. His requirements are less but he is concerned about the requirements for Nature and wildlife.
Both persons are really great lovers of Nature. In Geer there are many characters like these who are brave, live, lovers and are knowledgeable in their own way. Both are doing their job, connected to social life and with Nature too. They balance their life with enough earning and concern about nature and it’s needs. They don’t have any uniform to show others about their inner piece because the inner piece doesn’t achieve by dressing any cults or being a monk!! On one hand they have transactions or communications and on the other hand have benevolence. These characters are having an experience of inner peace of them-self and of Nature too.
Nature has been doing benevolence without any uniform.
This 21st century is about inventions and applications. It is a great opportunity for the students and for all to learn something through the internet. Though uses and misuses are always there in everything. Today stealing data is known like one kind of art. Someone who is familiar with computer languages from a little age gaining knowledge of hacking. Those who go with the professional ways are protecting data and the others who are not getting the right way, they are stealing data. In older times “password” was not a common word and now every child has the knowledge of that. Though now Coding is becoming compulsory in education, It is a big challenge to explain the good uses of it. It is a game of numbers.. Some are using it in the positive matter and the others using it for the negative cause.
It is all about selfishness when one is hacking someone’s data. He wants the data to be used for himself/herself and boosting their ego by that. The data used to boost their views and Nature is being used to get productivity, profit and resources. Someone who smartly uses nature for business which is similar to stealing data. Those who smartly misuse nature or stealing the particles of nature to upgrade their position are hopeless for the future. During lock-down in the pandemic, Nature was free from this hacking but now the practical theory applies to run the normal life. Though many are living nature-friendly and also protecting its’ data.
Recently, one guy hacked my social media account and I have not been able to log in to it. My all pages showing different names and I couldn’t do anything to my pages. It was frustrating somehow but after a few days, I found that those times I spent checking my accounts were useful for creations..!! I was able to spend more time on creations and I felt thanks to the hackers for it.?! It is really sad to see that chip thinking of the hacker that is dealing with my page followers..?!! He will never understand that the actual data is with me always that inspires me to create something beautiful that the world likes to see. Those datas are my inspirations and will never be hacked by anyone.He can hack my social media accounts but will never be able to hack my thoughts, my unseen library from where I write and uses those colors which is in my inner palate. Temporarily, the hacker can have some followers for his/her fake page but after all it will be useless.
How the way those hackers are being hacked is by their own mentality.!! They don’t have the path to move on and provide something unique to achieve followers.!!?? They hacked themselves and will never get free from it till they realise. They forget that if one person is already hacked then he will never be able to hack someone. He can hack someone’s data for sometime but eventually that generated code will give them a negative output…
That one will never know which one will be the last code of life, till there one should generate the right code for the true success.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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 😀 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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” .
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.