"Imitation is the best form of flattery"

Photographie, Malen mit Licht, Farben, Emotionen, Gefühle, Ausdruck, Mimik & Gestik, Poesie und Prosa - Bilder, Worte, Posen, Tanz, ... besser kann ich es im Moment eben auch noch nicht für mich definieren, "Kunst" eben, im weitesten Sinne des Wortes.

Freitag, 29. November 2013

Trevolta - Crowdfunded Travels


Here comes a new project of crowdfunded "travelling" to get
the funds for realizing ones projects,
which is currently in the Beta-Testing phase
so we both, me and Stephanie
are currently in the queue, waiting to get access to
the platform,
patienly waiting in line.

If interested, you could please use one of the invite links
below to push us forward in the waiting line, at least three
successful invites are neccessary for this.

Anyway, it seems to be a great concept for travelling photogs,
writers and journalists to get funds and report along the way
with their stories, experiences, pictures, thereby interacting
along their travels with the sponsor creatively reacting on
their wishes in a constructive dialogue.

We hope it it will work out for us as well, Kalachakra 2014 is
coming for sure in Ladakh next year, some travelling with no-
mads is planned as well, the char dham yatra to continue with
our long-term sadhu project and well, Thomas can celebrate
10 years of "Mask Dances of Ladakh & Zanskar" in 2014 as well
as hoping to meet some of the buddhist nuns along our ways.

So it would be nice to become part of this new platform, being
either Beta-Testers or check it out later on when it opens up
for everyone..

https://www.trevolta.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CrowdFundedTravels?ref=ts&fref=ts

  Thomas Wilden
Social Media & Photography

Stephanie's invite link
https://www.trevolta.com/invite/NV286414729

Thomas' invite link
https://www.trevolta.com/invite/LGNAM416457

Crowd-funded Travels


Plan an extraordinary trip and get it funded by inspired people, amazed friends and generous sponsors!

"Come, sit down, relax, ... no tension !"

Om Nama Shivaya

Thomas Wilden


http://serendipity-at-work.blogspot.de/


Stephanie Meyer
https://www.facebook.com/groups/blogleague/

Mittwoch, 20. November 2013

Riverside Rendezvous at Kumbh Mela 2013

Sadhus, Pilgrims and Tourists are meeting Students, Photographers & Filmmakers, Journalists - ... on "Riverside Rendezvous", a Kumbh Mela photographic reportage.


Ten young Italian artists, tell us first, with uniqueness, taste and talent , about
the Kumbh Mela, an event of extraordinary importance:

The gathering of more than 80 million pilgrims from all over the world , on the banks 

of the confluence of three rivers, two of which are real, the Ganges and the Yamuna 
and the third, virtual, mythical and invisible: the river Sarasvati.
 

The report, which will transform visitors into explorers of spirituality , uses an impor-
tant contribution photo, obtained by selecting thousands of shots, and an exceptional documentary.

Both are a beauty, refinement and creative energy never seen before.
The Italian artists and their academic training in and outside Europe have played a very important role.

Both the photographic exhibition to the movie, that emphasize the unprecedented dialogue between Hindu religious culture and Western culture, the latter attracted in recent years by an increasing number of people fascinated by the deep religiosity Indian and the mildness of the population that is purified in
cathartic waters of the sacred river.

The inauguration (September 18 , INVITATION ONLY ) in addition to the authors that we will talk about their wonderful trip and PopEye association to which they belong, will attend and speak Marco Zolli , a distinguished expert of India, founder of a cultural center in Benares
where he welcomes and teaches Hindi Italian students.
 
At the end, for the welcome guests there is a special Indo-Bars with authentic Indian de-
licacies. (The date for this event is already in the past, the text remains unchanged as geiven by the text's source.)

The documentary premiered national absolute (with reservations required ) on Septem-
ber 25, in the presence of Mario Zanot (friend of the writer Tiziano Terzani from whom 
he collected the last interview and witness almost certainly inspiring a movie on Master), 
is the direct account of an experience nothing short of exceptional and a unique festival, shared by millions of people , through three different looks and mix of three different parallel stories : 

that of a Western traveller, that of an Italian "Sadhu" and that of an indian pilgrim.

http://www.arte.it/calendario-arte/milano/mostra-riverside-rendezvous-kumbh-mela-photographic-reportage-4971


Comunicato Stampa: Dieci giovani artisti italiani, narrano per primi, con unicità, gusto e talento, il Kumbh Mela, un evento di portata straordinaria: il raduno di oltre 80 milioni di pellegrini da tutto il mondo, sulle rive dove confluiscono tre fiumi, due dei quali reali, il Gange e lo Yamuna e il terzo, virtuale, mitico ed invisibile: il fiume Sarasvati.

Il reportage, che trasformerà i visitatori in esploratori della spiritualità, si avvale di un importante contributo fotografico, ottenuto selezionando migliaia di scatti, e di un documentario eccezionale.

Entrambi sono di una bellezza, raffinatezza e slancio creativo mai visti prima d’ora. L’italianità degli artisti e le loro formazioni accademiche europee ed extraeuropee hanno giocato un ruolo decisamente importante.

Sia la mostra fotografica che il filmato, danno rilievo al dialogo inedito tra cultura religiosa induista e cultura occidentale, quest’ultima attratta negli ultimi anni da un sempre più alto numero di persone affascinate dalla profonda religiosità indiana e dalla mitezza della popolazione che si purifica nelle acque catartiche del fiume sacro.

All’inaugurazione (18 settembre, SOLO SU INVITO) oltre agli Autori che ci parleranno del loro meraviglioso viaggio e dell’associazione PopEye alla quale appartengono, sarà presente e interverrà Marco Zolli, illustre esperto dell’India, fondatore di un Centro culturale a Benares dove accoglie e insegna Indi a studenti italiani.

Al termine, per i graditi Ospiti è previsto uno speciale Indo-Aperitivo con autentiche delizie indiane.

Il documentario, proiettato in prima assoluta nazionale (con prenotazione obbligatoria) il 25 settembre, alla presenza di Mario Zanot (amico dello scrittore Tiziano Terzani dal quale ha raccolto l’ultima intervista e testimonianza quasi certamente ispiratrice di un film sul Maestro), è il racconto diretto di un’esperienza a dir poco eccezionale e di una festa unica, condivisa da milioni di persone, attraverso tre diversi sguardi e intreccio di tre diverse storie parallele: quella di un viaggiatore occidentale, quella di un Sadhu italiano e quella di un pellegrino indiano.


Dal 19 Settembre 2013 al 04 Ottobre 2013Milano
Luogo: Museo d'Arte e Scienza
Costo del biglietto: intero € 8, ridotto € 4
Telefono per informazioni: +39 02 72022488
Sito ufficiale: http://museoartescienza.com

http://www.arte.it/calendario-arte/milano/mostra-riverside-rendezvous-kumbh-mela-photographic-reportage-4971

PopEye opens Mestre Film Fest


PopEye opens Mestre Film Fest

Riverside Rendezvous official trailer (from PopEye)

A documentary by PopEye about the Purna Kumbh Mela, one of the largest and most important religious festival in the world, as well as the most crowded gathering of
people in the human history.

Between January and March 2013 more than 100 million people reached Allahabad city,
at the confluence of three rivers: Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical invisible Saraswati.

This one-off event is told through 3 different views: that of a Western traveller, that of
a Sadhu and that of an Indian pilgrim.

The straight story of lived experiences offers a reading that goes beyond biases,
enriched with a creative, conceptual and pragmatic surge which applies to the
very nature of the travel.

The documentary - which is currently in post-production - will be released in
September 2013. http://vimeo.com/67633143

 

PopEye Productions - THE PROJECT KUMBH MELA 2013

 

About
PopEye is an interdisciplinary international circuit that connects students and young experts in the fields of Anthropology, Economy and Visual Arts.


Mission
The first activity of the PopEye group will lead to a documentary about the Purna Kumbh Mela (litt. “complete” Kumbh Mela), one of the biggest and most important religious festivals all over the world.

According to the Hindu calendar, this pilgrimage leads millions of people to the confluence of three rivers: the Gange, the Yamuna and the mythical and invisible Saraswati. The festival is set every 12 years in four different cities (according to the cosmological influences of planets and constellations).

The most important of those cities is Allahabad, where about 60 to 70 million people gathered in 2001 during the Maha Kumbh Mela (the “big” kumbh Mela), an event that occurs every 12 Purna Kumbh Melas (once in 144 years).

The next Purna Kumbh Mela will be in Allahabad between January, 27th and February, 27th 2013. Allahabad, which counts a million inhabitants, rises on the Gange, in the Uttar Pradesh region, 600 kilometers away from New Delhi. During the festival a very special town, named “heavenly city”, rises near Allahabad.

It is made of a big mass of tents where pilgrims coming from all over the country use to live during this period of time. In Hinu tradition, the pilgrimage is seen as a purification trip, culminating in the ritual bathing in the Ganges river.

This special experience is shared by millions of people and has attracted in the last years a huge number of tourists from western countries, fascinated by Indian tradition and by the peculiarity of the event.

The equip will work in this framework: the fieldwork will be set in Allahabad and in other cities where the religious pilgrimage and the western tourism will be more remarkable. Aim of the research will be the production of a documentary of about 30-50 minutes of duration.

The production and filming will least about 50 days (from January, 15th until early March).

A website will be created starting September 2012. Its task will be to start sharing pieces of news and editorial articles to make known the project.

Moreover, during the fieldwork period the website will help the audience following the Kumbh Mela and the production of the documentary live. Pictures, videos and articles will be added every day to create a complete overview of the happenings.

Description
A very special kind of research group comes out from this poliedric sum of competences, able to operate out of classical schemes. With its activities, the equipe aims to deeply analyze ethnographical events by different views, with a special focus on the multi-
disciplinary aspects of the research.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/PopEye-Kumbh-Mela-2013/400172006708313

Popeye - Ethnovisual Association (currently working on projects in Africa & Italy)

 

PopEye – Ethnovisual Association is an international group which gathers young people involved in anthropology, visual arts, journalism, economics, law and linguistics coming from European and non-European universities.
http://www.popeyeproduction.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PopeyeEthnovisualAssociation

My personal "Riverside Rendezvous" with Popeye - Ethnovisual Association (Productions)

Meet & Greet my friends:

Anthropologist Marta Mira Talpelli ("The Lady who knows it all")



The almighty witch who is holding my hand, answers all my questions and plans to do her PhD on the Italian Holy Men, the Sadhus of Italian origin.

Besides that we share a common interest into the Aghori Sadhus and their "terri-
fying" tradition of proving Shiva.

Anthropologist & Photographer Giacomo Mario Dei Rossi (The "Mobile" Man)

 


Italian Sadhu Iswara Giri Naga Baba ("The Hippie")


OM NAMO NARAYANA

Sending all love, light, and blessings.


The corresponding text is under construction and will follow after a short delay.

Inconcenience regrettted.

"Come, sit down, relax, ... no tension !"

Om Nama Shivaya

Thomas Wilden
http://serendipity-at-work.blogspot.de/

 

Dienstag, 12. November 2013

"Ram Nam Satya Hai" - "The name of Lord Ram is (only) truth."

"Ram Nam Satya Hai" (The name of Ram is truth) is commonly chanted
while carrying a dead body to the cremation ground in India and Nepal.

This recitation implies that the dead body no longer sustains the truth
(breath) which is Ram Nam.

The dead body devoid of the breath or Ram Nam has no value whatso-
ever.

Ram is total truth as earth and universe is. 

Why do people in Hinduism say 'Ram nam satya hai' when carrying 
the deathbed of somebody. What significance does it hold?

Ram Naam Satya Hai literally means [only] truth is name of Lord Ram

Ram here means manifestation of supreme form Brahmatman. Thus a 
dead body devoid of breath and soul have no meaning and no existence. 
Only a live body because of soul (atman) which is connected to supreme 
God (brahmatman) has any existence. Human body is mere vessel for 
Lord's presence.

In short, this chant says that leave everything to God for that's only truth.


-----

Ah, but that is not the whole story. Actually, people would chant:

Ram nam Satya hai
Satya bolo mukti hai

The next line is the matter of import. The first line says that the name of Ram is Satya - where Satya doesn't mean 'truth' per se, it means a whole lot more than just truth - and 

the second line goes on to say that speaking that which is Satya leads to Mukti - again, Mukti here doesn't just mean salvation but more.

So, there you go - the people carrying the dead chant the name of Ram for Mukti of 

the soul from the materialistic considerations of life as they carry the body - which 
is the link of soul to the material world - for cremation.

-----

For most, it could be just remembering God in a time of grief, nothing else. 
A chant ritual.

It could also be random conformity --Second guy doing it because the first one 

is doing it. First one may be doing it because he saw it in a Hindi movie. 

Second guy can't ask questions because understandably such situations are not the 
best place to enquire Why should I do this! It could completely be a chain of random-
ness.

When it started though, I think that it probably meant a reminder that death is in-

evitable and the departed would soon merge with God as God is the ultimate truth. 
Follow the truth and you would attain peace.

-----

"Ram Naam" holds the meaning "the name, Rama", which carries devotion 
to Lord Rama (an avatar of Vishnu) in itself.

"Ram Naam Satya Hai" (The name of Rama is the truth) is chanted by the troupe, carrying a dead body to the crematorium. The continuous chattering in a loop implies that the dead body is no longer a truth (has no breath) which is the name RAMA. Anything without the name RAMA has no value, whatsoever.

Another reason is, utterance of Rama, would redeem you from all the bad thoughts flourishing from the interaction with the external world and helps somebody to look 

within into ones own reality. 

The two letters RA and MA in the Hindu manthra Sastra are called the Beeja Aksharas 
which have the power to drive away the ominous and bad thoughts that would pile up 
within us while interacting with this mundane external world. 

Utterance of RA MA will keep one away from such attachment. 

RAMA is the embodiment and personification of Dharma, the righteousness
which is the the ultimate TRUTH or Satya. 

Utterance of 'word' Rama besides driving away the bad tendencies and at the time 
of  death the utterance of Rama will redeem the person on the death bed from his 
erstwhile bad deeds and bad tendencies he reared.

Also, someone came up with the idea that when spoken loudly means Hindus 

are carrying dead body to crematorium, so people understand this and clears
way and other obstacles.

There are so many reasons that have been identified for such a ritual.

-----

It denotes that this life, world ( & the life of that person, or ours) is all 'Maya' (illusion). 

Only true is the name of Ram (which here means God). 
In the Hindu philosophy, soul never dies - it just changes body. 
Only the body dies & with that, these worldly relationships. 

To draw attention of those attending the funeral & by-standers, to pacify & calm down 
the minds of family members & nears/dears, from the shock & accept this eternal truth, this is the utterance.

-----

"its religion"

http://www.quora.com/Religion/Why-do-people-in-Hinduism-say-Ram-nam-satya-hai-when-carrying-the-deathbed-of-somebody-What-significance-does-it-hold

Why Hindu tells at the time of death"Ram naam satya hai"?


You mean chant instead of tell, right?

Ram Nam means "the name Rama", which can imply either devotion to Rama, the 
avatar of Vishnu, or as a name to the ultimately formless, all-embracing Absolute Brahman. 

Rama's name is often chanted or sung within the many traditions of Hinduism. 

A popular mantra is Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram (often prefixed with "Om"), 
which was popularized in western India by Samarth Ramdas. 

In Mahabharata lord Shiva states that uttering "Rama" three times equals to 
pronouncing thousand other names of God.

The mantra was often used by Mahatma Gandhi.
 

"Ram Nam Satya Hai" (The name of Ram is truth) is commonly chanted while 
carrying a dead body to the cremation ground in India.
 

Neem Karoli Baba encouraged the constant repetition of "Ram" in order to become 
closer to God, saying "By taking the name of Ram, everything is accomplished." 

Tyagaraja the great composer of carnatic music regarded music as a way to experience 
the love of God. His songs were on Ram Nam. He attained kapala Moksha on January 6, 1847. 

Brahmasri Paruthiyur Krishna Sastri the great exponent of the Ramayana received a mantrobadesam to say Ram Nam at a very young age and ever since then“ Sarvam Rama Mayam ” - everything was Rama for him and all what he did all his life was Ram Nam Japam. He was a great Pravachan Pandit and attained Kapala Moksha in January 1911.
 

Swami Ramdas is a well known example of a modern day saint who attained Nirvana through constant repetition of "Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram" and established Anandashram, where this mantra is sung continuously from morning to night.
 

(Arvind Chauhan - Ram Name satya hai "it means ram ka name lai - kyoki ram saty 
bolte thai")
 

Thus Name Ram is equivalent to the Omkar naadbrahma. When you recite your soul 
is ready to have mukti. Their is a chance that the Atman of the particular Jeeva which 
has just passed away will get free from the sansaar chakra, if recited by others who 
are performing last rituals. 

Hence this is like a giving best wishes to the atma of the dead person.

-----

As I understand from the scriptures the two powerful manthras that one can recite
without any break are the 'Vishnu Panchakshari' and 'Siva panchakshari'. Krishna is
one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu only, so both are the same.

The two Panchaksharis are:

'Narayanaya' and 'Namassivaya'. 'Ra' in Narayanaya and 'Ma' in Namassivaya have
been isolated coined into one RAMA. This has been derived from the Vishnu and Siva consciousness, both being the same and this also indicates that there is no difference between the the Visnu and Siva chaitanyams (Divine Consciousness).

Uttering RAMA would redeem you from all the bad thoughts flourishing from the inter-
action with the external world and helps somebody to look within into ones own reality.

The two letters RA and MA in the Hindu manthra Sastra are called the Beeja Aksharas
which have the power to drive away the ominous and bad thoughts that would pile up
within us while interacting with this mundane external world.  Interaction will develop attachments like 'I' and 'mine'.

Thus selfishness etc enter into our lives. One becomes possessive. Utterence of RA MA will keep one away from such attachment. RAMA (Sri Rama, the hero of the Great Indian Epic Ramayana) is the embodiment and personification of Dharma, the righteousness which is the the ultimate TRUTH or Satya.

Utterence of 'word' Rama besides driving away the bad tendencies and at the time of death the utterence of Rama will redeem the person on the death bed from his erstwhile bad deeds and bad tendencies he reared. This is the strong belief of Hindus.

The namam of RAMA therefore is the synonym for the ULTIMATE TRUTH OR SATHYA.

Source(s): 
My understanding of Bhyagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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This sentence when spoken loudly means Hindus are carrying dead body to crematorium,
so people understand this and clears way and other obstacles.

Besides at the departing time Hindus recite God's name loudly for probable benefit to departed soul.

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AT HEAVEN GOD RAM KRISHNA ARE PRESENT.THEN SOUL WILL NOT TAKE
ANY MORTAL BIRTH IN THIS WORLD. 

 

Source(s):
BHAGWAT GITA 

 

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091114020616AAnYAwq

Ram Nam

Ram Nam means "the name Rama", which can imply either devotion to Rama, the
avatar of Vishnu, or as a name to the ultimately formless, all-embracing Absolute
Brahman.

Rama's name is often chanted or sung within the many traditions of Hinduism.

A popular mantra is Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram (often prefixed with "Om"),
which was popularized in western India by Samarth Ramdas.

In Mahabharata, Shiva states that uttering "Rama" three times equals to pronouncing thousand other names of God.

The mantra was often used by Mahatma Gandhi.

From a practical point of view, the remembering of RAM NAM is actually reorienting to our true self. It is akin to a proper physical, instinctual, emotional and intellectual (holistic) stance that enables us to live in a way conducive to individual and global blossoming. As per Gita (9th chapter), if we remember God (i.e. true self) by any name, we succeed in individual and universal blossoming.

"Ram Nam Satya Hai" (The name of Ram is truth) is commonly chanted while carrying
a dead body to the cremation ground in India and Nepal. This recitation implies that the dead body no longer sustains the truth (breath) which is Ram Nam.

The dead body devoid of the breath or Ram Nam has no value whatsoever.

Ram is total truth as earth and universe is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Nam

 "Rama Guru" 
"Ram Nam Satya Hai" (The name of Ram is truth)
Rama Guru died this year just five days before Shivaratri due to a heart attack, when he did what he
could best, making some chai.

Since his cremation at Harichandra Ghat, one of his five daughters, who have taken over the chai shop
on the steps of Ganga-ma in Varanasi, puts the first glass of chai every morning into Ganga, "for Papa".

I usually got the second glass every morning. It still leaves me speechless, literally "without words".

He was also my "papa" for the last 16 years, the father of my five sisters and the husband of his be-
loved wife. He lived a calm life being content with himself and the occasional chillum, he left calmly,
after the marriage of his fifth and youngest daughter, his life accomplished, but way to early for me.
"Rama Nama Satya Hai."
The corresponding text is under construction and will follow after a short delay.

Inconcenience regrettted.

"Come, sit down, relax, ... no tension !"

Om Nama Shivaya

Thomas Wilden
http://serendipity-at-work.blogspot.de/

 


Montag, 11. November 2013

League of Bloggers 2013-14 (by Ajay Jain)

This is a grouping of the best bloggers across genres.

WHO IS A BLOGGER?
Anyone who publishes content on user-generated interactive media. This includes Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and other simi-
lar platforms.

WHO MAY BE A MEMBER?
Membership is open to quality bloggers only. An annual review will decide who is in and who is
not. And a badge will be provided for the year to select members. There is no cap on the num-
ber of members though.

WHAT WILL WE ALL DO? 
Lots of stuff. Engage with brands and companies collectively. Promote one another. Learn from each other. Have meet-ups. Make a joint pitch to advertisers and sponsors. And have a lot of 
fun together.

FILL OUT A FORM: 

If not done so already, fill out the form linked here so we can review your blog:  
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qEP3BWv2wTz4QGkFXip7lL5H6qOaFYDaQHVpLufib3M/edit

CONTACT: 

Ajay Jain, +91.9910044476, ajay@ajayjain.com


The corresponding text is under construction and will follow after a short delay.

Inconcenience regrettted.

"Come, sit down, relax, ... no tension !"

Om Nama Shivaya

Thomas Wilden
http://serendipity-at-work.blogspot.de/

 

Dear Friends,

we are happy being able to tell you now, that we got invited, applied for membership
and got accepted into Ajay Jain's "League of Bloggers" with our humble little weblog
about the Sadhus and the Kumbh Mela 2013 in Allahabad / India.

"... we are just working on our new blog about the "Babas" (the Sadhus) and the
      Kumbh Mela 2013 of Allahabad/India.

  It's kind of a long-term project, moving along at a snails pace at the moment, because we are
  taking our time considering how to write in the best way for western and Indian readers alike.

 "East meets west along the sadhus way" is our main topic and we hope to  manage the Char Dham
  Yatra next in 2014, meet some sadhus & chelas (westernand local), trying to understand a little 
  about their ways by walking in their footsteps."

That's a big honor for us, but also a heavy burden to work on this difficult topic of renouncing 
and taking the sadhus way in the 21st century.

We will do our best, trying to become your teachers (and chelas) in sharing our experiences, 
our happiness, our questions asked, problems solved and answers found along our path.

Feel free to join into our journey, read, wonder, fear, cry, laugh ... and maybe get inspired 
for a similar project in your life.

Your journey will start with the first step, you just made it by reading this far.


Om Namo Narayain
Stephanie Meyer (Story-Telling & Social-Media)
Thomas Wilden    (Photographie)