'Vastu'… 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 homes 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      

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 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 

Kutch.. the land of offbeat composition

  India is a country where people are curious to visit different states or region. Every region has its geographical speciality. Kutch is a place which is known for it’s dry land and seashore. Over the years there have been many natural disasters on Kutch and has been adapted to drought conditions by the people. The region has many variations like Seas, hills, deserts, castles, palaces, fortresses etc.Now, It’s time for Rann festival in few days. It looks incredible  when the reflection of the moon or sun scatters on white rann. We can feel like the Moon imprint its own on the Earth. Reflections are finding the way to scattered on acceptance or purity. Weather it’s of nature or human nature. There is no world without reflection and by that it looks rhythmic and beautiful. 

Painting by me

 In Spite of salt rann in kutch there are some lands with farms and jungles in the other side. The rocky area of kutch express its’ plaster of time from the ages. Folk life of kutch has variations of colours in their living stories. We can see those colourful chaniya cholis and ornaments during Navratri festival. It’s a permanent dress in folk life of Kutch. This combination of colourful dress up and dry white land is amazing. That composition of nature and people makes a special image that looks different from other lands.  Kutch is known for beautiful craft work. The folk life of Kutch fills those colours with handicraft, Folk music, pastoral and living stories. Maybe it’s a duty of folk life that fills those missing colours.

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.              

Nature is a Sixth Sense…

Nature and human nature are both synchronised. When I go to any natural place I find myself in a silent conversation with wind first. Wind collide with my ears and I can hear some notations of nature. That feelings are invaluable and we can fill our nature with it. That divine sound tells the story of its presence. 

Painting by me…

Earth is full of beauty wherever you go. Every country has the natural beauty that attract us.  Nature has its own abilities to understand our care, pronounce, love etc. The world is full of diversities with Languages, People, Nature and culture. Some have deep deserts where some countries have sounds of long rivers. Mountains with green forests are common in all countries and that’s the main source of Rivers and lakes. Which languages these Mountains and rivers understand.? I think Nature has the ability to hear us by the sixth sense. Nature can hear, see, tell us by the sixth sense. We also have that sixth sense in our life and it is Nature !! In India I know those many Natural places where a continuous conversation between nature and human nature. The monks in the cavity of Mountain Girnar and Himalayas converse with Nature by Mantras. Those Divine vibrations we can easily feel there. Those knowledgeable of Nature understand the moods of Nature. 

  When I went to a few countries I exchanged my money to local currency. It was very useful to me but not for the beautiful Nature that I saw. A tree or River has no use of those dollars or pounds. It needed a healthy conversation by caring, Loving and pronunciation of ‘vedic-mantras’. by  By the pronunciation of some mantras I felt those divine sounds that I always feel in my Country. 

The circle of nature is always the same and we can feel it everywhere.

“Aoum” Vrikshapurushay Namah…

Thank you so much.

©  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

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

The circle of Life…

Our life is generally divided into those three parts. A one is playing, the other is making and then retiring. Mostly, we think about the future and we work hard to make better than present. Hopes are with us always and there is no end of it. A top businessman always thinks about being with same flow till to the end of his life. An employee always look for the promotions, Where an artist always think about a better creation.!Life never stops from all these. We are covered with some responsibilities, Wishes and lots of hopes. Parents wants his son get married with a good girl and then should have a child within a few years, then grandchild’s study, his/her career etc.. Life is not always beats on a same rhythm. Sometimes we succeed to achieve and sometimes we are short of achieving enough from our perspective.   

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj), Title – A Wish

  

Life is a sea of wishes and hopes. But we manage to fill our life with those water puddles besides us.
It is not about reacting those blank spaces, its’ for satisfying with filled spaces.