Sunday, September 4, 2016

Festival kolam



All houses are adorned with these beautiful kolam. Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolam rangoli designs are made using rice flour and white rock powder. Kolams are drawn on all auspicious occasions and are believed to bring prosperity and good luck to homes. In My teen age we friends use to draw big Kolams in temple.After marriage in apartment it is not possible to draw big kolams .Still I use to draw simple kolam daily in front of my home. Here I am sharing few of my Kolams.

Kanya Kolam/Padi kolam 
 




 
Rangoli Kolams with dot.





 






 FreeHand kolam



 



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Krishna-My Guru My Inspiration

Aadhou devaki devi garbha jananam, Gopi gruhe palanam,

Mayaa poothana jeevithaa apaharanam, govardhanodharanam,

Kamsa chedana, kouravadi hananam, kunthi sutha palanam,

Ethad bhagawatham purana kaditham sri Krishna leelamrutham
The Lord, born of Devaki’s womb, brought up in the house of Gopi (Yasoda), killed the wicked Putana of illusive form, and lifted the Govardhana hill, killed Kamsa and Helped in killing the Kouravas,the and protected the sons of Kunti. This is in short the ancient story of Bhagawatha, Which describes the nectar like play of Lord Krishna.


Today Krishna Janmashtmi We allcelebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eight day of the Krishna Paksha of the month Shravan (August - September) in Hindu calendar. At midnight on ashtami, the divine baby Sri Krishna was born in Kamsa's prison.

I was always fascinated by two of the Gods GodessDeviKamakshi and Krishna .They  both are my favourite . Whenever I feel mentally disturbed my attention invariably turns to Lord Krishna. I consider him as my Parent, Guru, Good friend, and my Guide of my Life.  Lord Krishna is that truth, He is pure knowledge, pure bliss, pure love and the embodiment of dharma.

Seeing Krishna as a perfect personification of divinity, to this day hundreds of millions of people pray to him, chant his names, meditate on his form and try to put his teachings into practice. "His glory is unsurpassable. His story is a source of joy and inspiration for people from all walks of life. Throughout his life, Krishna enacted so many roles. A child of Yashoda; a brother of balarama, a charioteer and He was Arjuna's counsel ,a warrior, Draupadi's friend ,a disciple, a guru, a cowherd, a messenger, the beloved of the gopis, Lord Vishnu's incarnation, people's God and a lot more.

We think of Krishna as a child, very active, mischievous who enjoyed every bit of his childhood. But in reality He was born in a prison, his parents were imprisoned; He was brought up in a small village, while he deserved to be a part of royal palace. His own uncle Kamsa tried everything to turn his life into hell .Daily one or the other demon was sent to take away his life. Even Lord Brahma and Indra created trouble for him. His own nephew Sishupaal was after his life. In spite of all these adversities he lived his life happily.

Krishna Love everyone equally – Krishna was loved by everyone because he loved everyone equally. Krishna never forgot his childhood friends or the favours done for him. At the right opportunity and when his friends like Sudhama were in need, he always helped them with many times what they expected.

He remained calm and smiling Whether the circumstances were favourable or unfavourable, his smile—the mark of complete contentment—never left his face. Even in the battlefield of Mahabharata, the mother of all battles, Krishna was always smiling. There was not a trace of adverse emotion His smile proclaimed to the world that his birth and life were completely blissful.

Sri Krishna is considered as Jagatguru; he is the teacher of all.“Gu” Kara means the darkness and “Ru” Kara means the remover of the darkness. On account of the power of removing darkness, the teacher is known by the significant name “Guru. In   Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna emphasizes the importance of Guru.

 My Favorite Lord Krishna's Quotes I try to apply in my day today life:
Whatever happened, was good, what's happening, it's going well, whatever will happen, will also be good. You need not have any regrets for the past. Do not worry for the future. Live in Present.
What do you got, that you cry? What you brought, that you lost? What did you produce, which has destroyed? You did not get anything with you, whatever is there, you received from here(earth). Whatever you will give, you will give here. Whatever you took, was given by God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him.

You came empty-handed and you will go empty-handed. Which is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, will belong to someone else tomorrow. All these things, which give you happiness, is the reason of sorrow.
 Krishna's  teach  us that this life is not for being sad and depressed, it is one of joy and happiness –He is inspiration to all.!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In silence...


Noise is so much a part of our life that we have become depended on it. we are driven to distraction by almost everything. We are constantly asked to give up silence in exchange for constant chatter- background music or talking, traffic noises, social media pinging our phones and who feel uncomfortable or scared when they have to confront real silence. To find peace, everyone says go into silence.
“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu
 


In this communicative silence, Someone Says; Speech is silver, Silence is gold... Silence is ever speaking; It is the perennial flow of "language." It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute language. Silence is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity. . By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails."
A gentle, loving, inner peace and silence is here and now in this moment. It has always been this way. It is always here. It is right here within you and all around you. You know this. You have felt this. There is nothing more than this. You are this. This silence is right here in you, every single moment of your life.
Sometimes silence conveys emotions that word fails to…Emotional silence, that's kill with bare hands. Attentive silence, absorbed in the environment, Thoughtful silence, wallowing and preparing, Quiet silence- uncomfortable and unwanted, Meditative silence, which can move heaven and earth, Comforting silence, no words could describe it…
In this communicative silence, Sometimes Someone, Says that Silence can be a sign of consent, Silence conveys anger, Silence demonstrate strength, Silence demonstrate patience, Silence conveys determination, Silence can mean respect, Silence doesn’t mean respect, Silence does not mean in action. Silence may indicate forgiveness, Silence represents tolerance. Silence means confidence, silence brings. Silence is not necessarily a sign of guilt or weakness it is many case more thoughts provoking and convincing than words. In silent meditation one gets in touch with ones inner self, I. In silence, when minds are read without saying anything..
 
I observe myself in silence
I absorb the universe in silence
I am immersed in silence
I listened the Music of Silence!
Silence taught me the importance of shaping my thinking. Silence taught me to notice nature the wisdom and peace that nature offered. Silence taught me to calm my troubled mind. Silence taught me the importance of reducing the stimulation. Silence taught me to have faith in myself. Once inner silence is attained, everything is possible.
In silence, Silently I gaze at the future with a twinkle in my eye, Silently I look at the pain and joy ahead of me which lie.. … In our noise polluted world, silence  in peace is Difficult to find... I cannot stand this silence; first, there was absolute silence. And at least, there was absolute silence .It’s so unbearable at times. You know this. You have tofelt this.
There is nothing more than this. But it’s the language of the world, the divine beauty one must feel….. In Silence.
Enjoy some quiet time everyday In Silence!
"Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bharani Jar Painting



For storing different stuff like pickle, tamrind, kallu uppu (rock salt) my mother used Bharani jar.My mother had a collection of big and small type of Bharani jars. When my last visit to my mom's place; I brought few jars from my Mothers home.
 
 I wish to beautify one old jar with some sketches on my own and one from already available on the net and added my own choice of colors to the sketches and showcase it near my open kitchen .


Wash the pot thoroughly. Allow the pot to dry completely before painting.
Next, apply the base coat. I applied acrylic white as base colour. Thin the paint with a small amount of water to make it easier to coat the pot evenly.
 
Apply the paint with a foam brush, working around the pot in broad sweeps. Extend the paint an inch or so down into the top of the pot, but do not cover the bottom
 Apply additional coats if you’d like, allowing the pot to dry between coats, until the desired color depth is achieved..
 
Draw l patterns and designs on the pot using a pencil or a marker pen. I didn't use trace paper . I use pencil to draw then painted.
Paint the chosen designs using the acrylic colors.
Once the first coat is painted and dry, you can paint one more coat. Since we are painting on a pot, two coats are desirable to ensure the design is neat and even.