The temperature outside is -20 degrees and this kid, at 6:00 PM, after the snowfall, comes out to collect wood. He lits it up, and in a matter of nanoseconds, the entire history of humankind flashed back. We hold a species monopoly over the fire. Our possession is so fundamental to our understanding of the world that we cannot imagine a world without fire in our hands.
It's so mundane yet enters humanity's moral universe, and thus into the scholarly realm of the human history.
And the song continues.... Time to step outside, time to step outside
Time to step out, time to step out
Time to step outside, time to step outside
Time to step outside you
House on fire, leave it all behind you
Dark as night, let the lightning guide you
This photo was me at the end of my first Indian trip which started in Chennai in the southern tip and finished in Ladakh amongst the Himalayas. I declared as I flew out of the madness of New Delhi to tranquility of Germany that I was never coming back. It was too confronting, too hard, too messy, too confusing, too emotional, too spiritual, too poor, too rich, too beautiful, too populated, too polluted. A year later I was back on Indian soil. Another two years after that I was back again and watching Francky process the same complexities of life. And here I go again. Tickets are being booked and plans made. No place on this earth pushes me more than India and I’m ready for the next stage of growth. #india#neversaynever#spirituality#growth#ready#ladakh#adventure#yoga#study#ayuveda#solotravel#himalayas#spiritjunkie#throwback#yesiknowitsnotthursday
Captured 2.0: Azaad Parindey.
"When there is no ceilings, sky is the limit."
Inframe: @shawenjing0, a solo traveller from China, we met her during ABC trek in Nepal, and how we met her, is itself a very interesting and a long story. She once asked me to describe her, so here you go girl. She is an Architect by profession and a part-time photographer( an amazing one, she took wonderful pics of us during ABC trek), and above all her heart lies in travelling around all corners in the world. She been to many countries, and right now while I am posting this, she is in Tibet, exploring the roads which leads to the mighty Mount fuckin Everest. In my view, she is a true traveller, wanderer, explorer and have great zest to know about sacred, unique and local culture and cuisines of every new place. An independent woman, do whatever she wish to do and go wherever her heart wants to go. There is a saying, "The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description". She is among those awesome ladies with a beautiful soul.
I wish every woman in India can also roam around anywhere she wish, and feel free and safe to do whatever she wants. I know about few girls like Radhika @unravelling_travelling, Prakriti @itisinthename and others, who travel. We can't blame parents, who don't allow them to go out alone, it is the society or mindset of the people to be blamed, as people ask several types of questions whenever they see a solo female traveller and judge her. There is still lot to do from our side to make woman feel safe everywhere they go. To empower them to become more stronger and confident to make any choice of their desire, and to control one's life in a more fulfilling way.
Cheers to this wonderful life and Aur acche din aayenge ladkiyon.
Shoton: Oneplus5t. She was not aware of getting clicked, I just took a single shot of her jumping pose from my friend's mobile.
Tryst with Swami Sivananda .
Swami Sivananda sparked a unique devotion from spiritual seekers in the last century. Most of them can trace their lineage to him one way or the other — as their Guru or Parama Guru. .
He was an exemplary Karma Yogi who blended wisdom with action, service with love and brought true meaning to the Yoga of selfless action.
His ideology was simple — it condensed the entire gamut of spiritual teachings into four small words: Serve, Love, Meditate, Realize!
The desire for Truth is a decisive point in the spiritual life of man.
The moment he starts to question the pursuits he has been following, he becomes a seeker. Once that desire arises, it is then a natural progression to the final destination. .
Just as rainwater flows through the river and merges into the sea from where it originated; in the same way, the jiva (individual ego), that has sprung from the supreme Self, rests only when it reaches its Source.
. Events were about to catapult out of Balan’s control. By going to the mountains in search of Truth — any truth — he had effectively about-turned his future from a “dedicated loafer” to a sincere seeker.