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Free Verse: Bamboo Grove

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Free Verse

Bamboo Grove

Walking in a bamboo grove
searching for serenity
the rustling leaves
gave me the peace I sought
their shade from harsh light
refreshed my soul.
Basho would say
that harmony can be found
even in a crowded city.
I travelled to a park
among pine trees, palm fronds
and a bamboo grove
and was rewarded.

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Awareness It Self

If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace! You are happiness, find out. Where else will you find peace if not within you? ~ Papaji

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This week my favorites include a variety of Pins detailing different elements in Fashion.  Long skirts, short skirts, bright colors, a mixture in patterns, and a great denim and corduroy look.  When it comes to legends in fashion, Audrey Hepburn will always epitomize amazing style in my view and continues to inspire me, and Grace Coddington of Vogue gave me food for thought this week that I can completely relate to.  What elements in fashion inspire you?  Thank you so much for your comments!

Have a great weekend!

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” and so the mind is made incapable of standing alone and trying to find out. But one must stand alone, completely, totally alone, to find out what is true. “

Teachings Of Masters

Self-knowledge, then, is the beginning of the freedom of the mind. There cannot be understanding of oneself, fundamentally, deeply, if there is any form of assumption, any authority, either of the past or of the present. But the mind is frightened to let go of all authority and investigate because it is afraid of not arriving at a particular result. So the mind is concerned with achieving a result, but not with the investigation to find out, to understand. That is why we cling to authority -religious, psychological, or philosophical. Being afraid, we demand guides, authorities, scriptures, saviors, inspiration in various forms, and so the mind is made incapable of standing alone and trying to find out. But one must stand alone, completely, totally alone, to find out what is true. – Krishnamurti, Amsterdam 1955,Talk 1

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Zen Flash

 

The inner silence is self-surrender.
And that is living without the sense of ego.
Solitude is in the mind of humanity.
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.

~ Ramana Maharshi ~

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War and Pace, 1984 and Great Expectations are among the classic books Britons have pretended to have readClassic books in 140 characters – Telegraph.

   ( Few novels like Jane Eyre – love the work , but I feel the opening line is not sooooo  gr8 , and vice versa – loved the opening line but don’t feel like reading or didn’t like the piece of fiction  )

……………………..62% of people admitted they had falsely claimed to have read a classic literary work. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was the top choice for fakers, along with War and Peace, Great Expectations, Lord Of The Rings and Crime and Punishment.

To make it just that little bit easier to bluff your literary knowledge in the digital age, here are the five books in tweet-sized 140-character summaries.

CHARLES DICKENS: GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Pip is poor. Wants to be posh. Old hag raises expectations that are shattered when he finds benefactor is a crook. Heart broken by Estella

 

GEORGE ORWELL: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Big Brother controls all, including truth. Winston Smith falls in love, keeps a secret diary. Punished in Room 101 for ‘thoughtcrime’. Obeys

 

JRR TOLKIEN: LORD OF THE RINGS
Frodo and Hobbit pals take magic ring on quest. Gollum tries to steal ring. Wizard Gandalf is nice, Sauron is nasty. Battles. Ring destroyed

 

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Raskolnikov, Russian student, may get away with a double murder. Bit guilty. Confesses. Sent to a Siberian prison. Redeemed by love of Sonya

 

LEO TOLSTOY: WAR AND PEACE
Napoleon invades Russia. Russian aristocratic families sent into a tizz. War ensues. French retreat. Russians celebrate. Lots of them marry

 

 

Fav excerpts from30 great opening lines in literature

 

 

< > Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878)

 

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1878)

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticising any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)

Leslie Poles Hartley CBE, known as L. P. Hartley, was best-known for The Go-Between.

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” L. P. Hartley: The Go-Between (1953)

Samuel Beckett's 1938 novel Murphy

“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” Samuel Beckett: Murphy (1938)

J.M Barrie wrote Peter Pan

“All children, except one, grow up.”J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan (1911)

Henry James's Portrait Of A Lady

“Under certain circumstance there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady (1880)

A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens was published in 1859

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” Charles Dickens: A Tale Of Two Cities (1859)

 

< > J.D Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye was published in 1951

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” J.D Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye (1951)

Jean Rhys wrote Wide Sargasso Sea

“They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.” Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

< > Elmer Gantry is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926

“Elmer Gantry was drunk. He was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk.”Sinclair Lewis: Elmer Gantry (1926)

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.” Christopher Isherwood: Goodbye To Berlin (1939)

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)

“Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.” Albert Camus: The Stranger (1946)

 

Aug 24th 2013 – loved the play – HTS Giraffe @ RB on Aug 24th  – Witty Satirification – i reviewed  it @The Hindu as satirical questionification ,  – (my first ever review to get published  ,surprise surprise ?!?! )Many points worth pondering ……..Vanilla urbanisation , people on blind dates conversing about how many friends / albums they have on Social Networks , the decline of free thinking etc.etc. – worth introspecting .

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JS @ RamaKrishna Math ……… Spiritual / philosophical gems explained by monks . Excerpts :

Can one really understand / get 2 know reality unless one knows god ?

Death moves with us as our shadow.

The ‘I’ /Ego is like a bullock tied to a tree – just keeps going round and round.

He who hides himself best , accomplishes the most – after  all ,  the Lord is hidden.

Conquer yourself and the whole world is yours.

Meditation is like taking bath in the holy waters of the mind.

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I dream
of a wave of peace

A giant wave
Reaching beyond the fences
Moving deep inside

A wonderful wave
Drenching all the minds
Pentrating deep in hearts
Changing souls forever

A tsunami
Devastating all walls of greed
Destructive to violent thoughts
Ripping apart perversion
Erasing arrogance

A wave of peace, streaming
envelopping the world
Softening hearts
Wisening leaders

Just peace
Dare to dream with me
Let us all pray together

Let’s dream and believe
In a wave of peace

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