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India, People, Sadhu, Temples, Adventures,
Berlin Kreuzberg 2015

by Wis - Wieslaw Sadurski

India photography - white bull Nandin.

NANDIN is the name of a white bull, which represents the liberated human soul, on whom rides Shiva. Which means that Lord Shiva is the protector and the embodiment of Dharma and justice.
Note bells and garlands of flowers on the painted corners. He looked me in the eye, when photographed, he led me looked as if he wanted me to remember.

Two days later, I saw him harnessed to the car, shot the photo and I walked on, when suddenly he punched me in the face with a garland of rings. I wipe the blood from broken lips when villager walks, releases a bull with a harness that goes into the street. Showing peasant my face, finger pointing bull. - Nandin? Nandin? - calls peasant in disbelief, and falls at my feet.
There are already around a bunch of people, a boy translates into English, that hitting by the bull of Shiva is a great blessing. I change the paper handkerchiefs, l stop rickshaw, I'm going to the ashram. The driver argues that I should go to the hospital, but I know that my wounds heal quickly.
I wash the face, sit at the stone table in the courtyard of the ashram and write in a notebook, which I bought about a week ago. I have a bit broken nose and upper lip, swollen left cheek.

Under the holy mountain Arunachala events are mesured by heart. Bulls and cows in India are gentle, Nandin wanted to rid himselves of the flies, and woke me just by the way. And woke up to what? To eternal life!

India - photography - holy cow.
Bull Nandin Puja - holy cow ritual
India - photography - holy cow and yogi on a motorcycle. India - photography - Wieslaw Sadurski bless holy cow. India - photography - silver statue of a cow. India - photography - two cows on pasture trash. India - photography - Praying for cows.
Cow and yogi on a motorcycle Wieslaw Sadurski bless cow Silver statue of a cow Cows on a pasture trash Praying for cows
  India photography - Arunachala under rainbow.
  Arunachala under rainbow
India - Arunachala painting, blossoming tree, stars.   India - Arunachala painting, blossoming tree, stars.
Arunachala, blossoming tree, stars
painting, art print on canvas 100x75 cm
  Arunachala, blossoming apple tree, star
painting, art print on canvas 140x100 cm
 
 

According to the legend of the mountain Arunachala there was a dispute between Brahma the creator and Vishnu the protector, which one is greater and better.
Oh well, the gods have their own ambitions!
In order to resolve the matter, Lord Siva appeared as a column of light, and then took the form of mountain Arunachala.

Over the centuries many saints and sages were coming up here and lived in the caves.
On the south-eastern slope of the hill there is a cave in which Sri Ramana Maharshi lived from 1899-1916.

Arunachala is the spiritual center for millions of seekers who gather here every year from all over the world.
This fact is for centuries featured in the holy books and promoted by saints and sages.

 
  The ointment of Your Grace removed the blindness of ignorance from my eyes and have made me really yours, o Arunachala!
 
India photography - Arunachala under spiral galaxy. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski against Arunachala. India photography - Arunachala under moving stars.
Galaxy arrives to Arunachala. Wieslaw Sadurski against Arunachala. Arunachala under moving stars.
 
  Of all the names of God, the name the most beloved to the heart of Sri Ramana Maharisi was Arunachala.
 
  The highest knowledge can be achieved by anyone who looks at a hill, or thinks about it.
 


Sri Ramana Maharisi said that Arunachala is the highest Self, which shines as "I" in the hearts of all living beings.
In other words, Arunachala is a non-dual reality that transcends time, space, name and form.

 
India photography - Arunachala in cosmic space. India photography - monkeys on the rock path on Arunachala. India photography - Śiwa and Parvati in Arunaczala sky.
Arunachala in cosmic space. Rock path on Arunachala. Śiwa and Parvati in Arunaczala sky.

 

I'm in Tiruvannamalai, at the foot of Arunachala.
It is the heart of the world, the center of the universe, also called the Flame Mountain, Hill Fire.
Here lives the Lord Shiva. At the foot of the mountain is located temple Annamalaiyar.

I go around the world, photographing temples and people, sit down to meditate in Ramanasramam, talk with Sadhu, play with the monkeys.

India photography - Andrzej Hasya against Arunachala. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski with the forest background on Arunachala. India photography - monkeys caress on Arunachala.
Andrzej Hasya against Arunachala. Wieslaw Sadurski with the forest background on Arunachala Monkeys caress on Arunachala
India photography - a cave, where Sri Ramana Maharisi spent 17 years in the dark. India photography - a cave, where Sri Ramana Maharisi meditated. India photography - a cave, where Sri Ramana Maharisi died.
Any time people meditate in a cave, where Sri Ramana Maharisi spent 17 years in the dark - to illuminate humanity forever. Bhagavan meditated here And here he was dying on the stone bed
India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski with monkey on his arm. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski with monkey on his hand.India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski with monkey on his hand. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski with monkey on his arm.
The truth of monkey life: give the cake, you will get a kiss.

I sat down for a rest before the Maharisi cave and after a while I felt a gentle touch on my neck.

Wieslaw Sadurski and gleam in the eyes of monkey.
 

Monkey paws soft as silk. Walking on my hand, as she sat for meditation, then looking at something in my hair grooming. I'm special! no other attained such a honor. It happened a couple of times. I suspect that the monkeys appreciate my intellectual level that is equal to them. Well, I might add, that the monkeys are closer to me than the human beasts.

 
India photography - dinner on banana leaf. India photography - Annamalaiyar Temple seen from the top of Arunachala. India photography - dinner for dog and monkey.
Dinner is served - for me.

Annamalaiyar Temple seen from the top of Arunachala. It has 10 hectares, 4 towers as entrance gates.
Highest east tower has 11 floors and is 66 meters high.

Dinner is served - for the dog and monkey.
 

Hindu Trimurti is a concept in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance and destruction are personified in the forms of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Guardian and Shiva the Destroyer.

Lord Shiva has 1008 names and is a master of dance, yoga and art patron, ascet, benefactor, head of the family, the destroyer. Symbolizes killing and renewing aspect of divinity. Dance of Shiva symbolizes the destruction and the creation of the cosmos constantly made by him. If he would stop dancing - the world would cease to exist, but the dance of Shiva never stops, so the world will not perish. We are so lucky!

Shaivism is the oldest of the four major sects of Hinduism. The followers of Saivism worship Shiva as the Supreme Being. They believe that Shiva is the creator, protector, destroyer, revealer and corrector of all that is.

 
India photography - Poor Shrine India photography - In front of temple of Lord Shiva. India photography - Poorest temple. India photography - Offerings to the black cow goddess.
The new temple at the foot of Arunachala Poor Shrine In front of temple of Lord Shiva Poorest temple Offerings to the black cow goddess
India photography - in front of Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - beggars in front of Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - cows in front of Annamalaiyar Temple.
In front of Lord Shiva temple In front of Lord Shiva temple In front of Lord Shiva temple
India photography - Hall of 1000 columns in Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - people in the Hall of 1000 columns in Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - bull Nandil statue in Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - entrance to Annamalaiyar Temple.
Hall of 1000 columns in Annamalaiyar Hall of 1000 columns, in the distance Arunachala Bull Nandil statue In front of Lord Shiva temple
India photography - roof with sculptures in Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - front of Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - front of Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - people in Annamalaiyar Temple.
Lord Shiva temple Lord Shiva temple Lord Shiva temple Lord Shiva temple
 

Lord Shiva is often depicted with a third eye; when he loses patience, third eye opens, burns and turns all into ashes.
On his head is a crescent; waxing and waning moon cycle represents the time during which the creation evolves from beginning to end.
In his right hand is a trident, which can be understood as symbolic unity of the three worlds of man - his inner world, the next world and the general world.
Lord Shiva has 6 heads, of which only five are visible, while the sixth is visible only for the enlightened.
Lord Shiva smears his body with ashes, what represents the end of all material existence.
He wears five serpents on the neck and a garland of skulls as a decoration.

In the Mahabharata, Shiva is depicted as a standard of integrity, power and terror, as well as a form of honor, joy and radiance. The duality of the terrible and beautiful attributes of Shiva appears in contrasting names. It occurs both as an ascetic yogi and as host - exclusive roles in Hindu society.

Lord Shiva is depicted with four arms. Holding ax and hand corner of the upper arm, in the lower pair bow and arrow. After the destruction of Tripura, the three cities of iron, silver and gold - on earth, in heaven and paradise - painted on his forehead three streaks of ashes. It has become a symbol of Shiva and is still practiced today by Sadhus and Shaivitus - see photos below.

In addition to the anthropomorphic images is also important worship of Lord Shiva in the form of the lingam, rounded vertical column of phallic symbol. Because, according to Hinduism, it is the same God who creates, sustains and withdraws the universe, the lingam represents symbolically God. Lingam is described as the cosmic column of fire without beginning and without end, the cause of all causes.

Lingam is often depicted with Joni, a symbol of Shakti, the female creative energy. Lingam and yoni Association represents the indivisible unity of man and woman, passive and active space of time, from which all life originates.

 
India photography - Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - roof of Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - sculptures of Annamalaiyar Temple. India photography - sculptures of Annamalaiyar lord Shiva Temple. India photography - Annamalaiyar Lord Shiva Temple.
Lord Shiva temple
India photography - tower of Annamalaiyar Lord Shiva Temple. India photography - Andrzej in Annamalaiyar Lord Shiva Temple. India photography - tower of Annamalaiyar Lord Shiva Temple.
Lord Shiva temple Andrzej in Lord Shiva temple Lord Shiva temple
India photography - statues of men, horses and elephant in temple.

Do you see these incredible number of sculptures, statues and images? Scenes from the life, history, myth and religion.
Inside the temple is black, prayer rituals are celebrated, fires burning, half-naked men offer sacrificial flames, people throw themselves to the ground in religious ecstasy. I did not accept the sacrificial fire, it was too hot for me, I left. Yet I think religion is a crime against humanity.

But there was no end of surprises. Young couple, among them a few years' boy. Father says something to him, the boy gives me his hand, which I accept with a smile. Handshake, cool, but after a moment father takes my hand, put on head of his son and asks in English, that I bless him! I do not even know how to do it! So I say three times the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. When I withdraw my hand, the boy is hugging it to his cheek, clearly pleased.

This is repeated in the quarter of an hour later! Am I doing here as a saint! Ah, there is no reason for surprise, here everything is sacred .

Driving service
India photography - roof of Ramanashramam in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - roof of temple and riksha. India photography - roof of Ramanashramam in Tiruvannamalai.
Ramanashramam Rickshaw and temple Ramanashramam
India photography - black statue of Sri Ramana Maharisi in Ramanashramam. India photography - altar of Sri Ramana Maharisi in Ramanashramam in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - altar of Sri Ramana Maharisi in Ramanashramam in Tiruvannamalai.
Sri Ramana Maharisi Altar Sri Ramana Maharisi Ramanashramam
India photography - cave of Sri Ramana Maharisi on Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - meditators in Ramanashramam in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski meditating in Ramanashramam.
Cave Sri Ramana Maharisi Meditators in Ramanashramam Wieslaw Sadurski in Ramanashramam
India photography - golden statue of Sri Ramana Maharisi in Ramanashramam. India photography - Ganesha statue in Ramanashramam. India photography - Kali statue in Ramanashramam. India photography - The poorest temple. India photography - Monkey also meditates.
Statue Sri Ramana Maharisi Elephant statue of Ganesha Kali in Ramanashramam The poorest temple Monkey also meditates
India photography - Samadhi Sri Swami Ramanananda in Ramanashramam. India photography - Sri Ramana Maharisi. India photography - Samadhi Sri Niranjanananda Swami in Ramanashramam.
Samadhi Sri Swami Ramanananda Sri Ramana Maharisi Samadhi Sri Niranjanananda Swami

Someone gave me a photograph of Sri Ramana Maharisi in the early 70s of the last century. I was fascinated. I saw in his smile all the happiness and all the pain of existence. I admit that I saw it on the LSD-trip, which greatly facilitated the insight. I put this picture here for you today.

I read his texts, meditating, going off to India. I was traveling to India half a lifetime ago, I had a VW bus and great expectations, smashed everything on the highway near Varna at the Black Sea. I went back to my studio and spent the next 40 years painting pictures, under the watchful gaze of the Maharshi photo that accompanied my life.

- When the heart speaks to heart, what is there to say? - This was the last message Ramana Maharshi to Paul Brunton, who wrote about him.

Today I am writing in a notebook and look at the top of Arunachala, where Bhagavan spent his life. I walk the paths, I look timidly to the caves where he meditated, I feel the magnetic field of spirituality, which is sublime and ridiculous here. That's all it is. It's unbelievable!

Wieslaw Sadurski with VW bus
India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski before entering the cave of Sri Ramana Maharisi. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski photographing the sadhu.India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski on stairs of Ramanashramam. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski on stone with OM on Arunachala path.
Before entering the cave of Sri Ramana Maharisi. Photographing the sadhu   I am on the steps of the ashram - halfway between ape and humanity represented here by a yogi. Arunachala path - I'm sitting on the stone OM.
India photography - Roadside temple. India photography - Nataraja statue. India photography - Painter of the temple.
Roadside temple NATARAJA - one of the names of Shiva - in dance of ecstasy has raised his left leg, pointing to the right, bent at the knee, Painter of the temple
  right foot stands on a killed demon Apasmara, which symbolizes the victory over ignorance and the transition of the divine spirit into matter.
Cobra is unwounding from his lower right arm and a crescent moon and a skull are on his chest. Upper right hand holds a drum, which symbolizes the initial sound of creation and the passage of time. The upper left hand holds the fire that symbolizes destruction. Lower left hand points to the raised foot representing the liberation. The second right hand in a mudra gesture manifests patronage against evil and ignorance for those who live in righteousness of Dharma.
Snake around his waist is kundalini, a symbol of divine energy that lives in all things.
When Nataraja is dancing his dance in which the universe is created, sustained and destroyed - his long hair tied usually in a knot loosen up and hit the planets and stars, throwing them out of their orbits or completely destroying.
Surrounding flames represent the manifest universe.
 
 

The meaning of the dance of Shiva can be explained by:
Firstly, as the image of rhythm game, the source of all movement within the universe.
Secondly, the purpose of the dance is to free the souls of all the people from the snares of illusion and ignorance.
Thirdly - the place of dance, presented as the center of the universe - is actually in the heart.

I am writing here about the dance of Shiva, to give you an idea of the multiplicity of meanings, history, myths and rituals assigned to Hindu deities.

India photography - The roof of the temple. India photography - The roof of the roadside temple. India photography - statues of guardian deities in the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
The roof of the temple Roadside temple Guardian deities
India photography - statues of guardian deities in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statue of guardian deity in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statues on the roof of the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Guardian deities Guardian deity The roof of the temple
India photography - statues of guardian deities in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statue of guardian deity in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statues on the roof of the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Guardian deities Guardian deity The roof of the temple
India photography - roof of the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statue of guardian deity in the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
The roof of the temple Guardian deity Wieslaw Sadurski in front of the temple
  India photography - statue of guardian deity in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statue of guardian deity in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - statues on the roof of the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
  Deity of the temple Deity of the temple The roof of the temple
India photography - Temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the roof of temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai.
Temple roadside Temple roadside The roof of the temple Temple roadside Temple roadside
India photography - the temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue in the temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statues in the temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai.
Temple In the temple The roof of the temple
India photography - the statue of the goddess in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statues in the temple roadside in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of the goddess in Tiruvannamalai.
A goddess The roof of the temple A goddess
India photography - the statue of Kali in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of Kali in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of Kali in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of Kali in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of Shiva in the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Kali Kali Kali Kali Statue of Shiva
 

 

KALI - primal energy of time, terrible goddess of change, power and death. Kali is dark, because she was created before the creation of light - and stands in contrast to her husband, Shiva, which manifested himself later and symbolizes the rest of creation after the time was created.

Kali dominates much of the Tantric iconography, texts and rituals. In many sources she is praised as the highest reality and the greatest of all deities. Nirvana-tantra says that the gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva appear like bubbles from the water, constantly rising and dying, while their primary source remains unchanged.

Kali iconography shows her usually black, sometimes blue. She has few hands, usually four or ten, a necklace of skulls, a skirt with severed arms, a dead child hanging on the ear. Indeed, she is usually holding a severed head, scary raised sickle and a bowl of blood. Third eye on her forehead. Her tongue extends far and is red with blood she is drinking. Her emblem is a swastika with the arms pointing to the left (sauvastika), the sign of the night and magic. But her right hand is often raised in a gesture of blessing and comfort.

 
India photography - the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the temple of Lord Shiva in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of elephant Ganesha in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of Ganesha in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - the statue of elephant Ganesha in the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Little Temple In the temple of Lord Shiva Ganesha elephant In the temple of elephant Ganesha Temple of elephant Ganesha
 

Ganesha is widely revered as he removes the obstacles so spiritual as well as material, patron of the arts and sciences, written letters, the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is the god of abundance, success and prosperity, represents vitality and strength.
Ganesha is depicted as polite, kind, friendly, humorous, clever, funny, and sometimes playing pranks. As God of beginnings he is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies. He is one of the most important, most popular, most available of all Indian gods, worshiped at the shrine in almost every street.
For devout Hindus statue of Ganesha is the first thing that comes to their new home. Blessing this house and promises happiness. In the philosophical interpretation embodies the human ego control and ensures that even the smallest creatures contain divinity. He is also on almost every invitation to the wedding. Embodies the ideal image of a Hindu family.
There are plenty of stories about Ganesha; I like the one that says that he was created from Shiva laughter.

 
India photography - Roadside temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Roadside Shiva temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Roadside temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Roadside temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Roadside temple Roadside temple Roadside Shiva statue Roadside temple Roadside temple
India photography - Roadside temple statue in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Roadside temple statues in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - village temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Roadside temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Roadside temple Roadside tree temple Village temple is the tree hung with paintings. Roadside temple
India photography - Roadside temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Temple of the blessed crow in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Temple of the blessed deer in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Monks in Ramanashramam in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - The swastika, the sign of good luck in Tiruvannamalai.
Roadside temple Temple of the blessed crow Temple of the blessed deer Monks in Ramanashramam The swastika, the symbol of fire and the sun, the sign of good luck, is drawn as a simple cross. Hitler swastika was oblique, rotated by 45°.
 

During those few weeks in India I have not seen any alcohol. Roadside bar - and there are plenty! - and no restaurant serve meat. People smell differently than in Europe, where, despite a lot of deodorants and cosmetics, all is dominated by the smell of carrion.

 
India photography - boy with banana in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - boy at breakfast in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - boy in the temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - boy laid flowers in the temple in Tiruvannamalai.
Boy with banana Boy at breakfast The boy in the temple Girl The boy laid flowers
India photography - Girls returning from school in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Painter at work in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Andrzej with girls in the shop in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - three little dogs. India photography - two monkeys.
Girls returning from school Painter at work Andrzej with girls in the shop Dogs Monkeys
India photography - The boys are waiting for the bus. India photography - The girls are waiting for the bus. Each bus stop has two parts - you can see the boys waiting separately from the girls! India photography - Hostess. India photography - lady doing dinner.
The boys are waiting for the bus The girls are waiting for the bus   Hostess Doing dinner
India photography - Street stalls India photography - Street shops. India photography - Street scene. India photography - Gutter at the edge of the street. India photography - calf and dog.
Street stalls Shops Street scene Gutter at the edge of the street Calf and dog
India photography - portrait of the girl. India photography - Women on the steps of the ashram. India photography - Women and Men on the steps of the ashram.
Girl Women on the steps of the ashram Women and men on the steps of the ashram
India photography - Kids go home from school. India photography - Street scene India photography - Villager portrait.
Kids go home from school, always in uniforms! Street scene Villager
India photography - Trash on the edge of the street. India photography - mandala on the street. India photography - mandala on the street. India photography - mandala on the street.
Trash on the edge of the street Mandala Mandala Mandala
 

Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.
In various spiritual traditions mandalas are used as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use the mandala is any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. Take a look at my mandalas.

Mandalas are here commonly created using colored sand on the street before entrance to the house.
Dispels and destroys them passing car or foot passer. Never mind, tomorrow will be renewed. A street swept clean.
Only three four feet away starts trash. Is omnipresent. As colorful as women's clothing. India is home to the trash. Go during the day and I see garbage strewn valley like in a horrible dream. The next night I come home late, and I see a lot of white flowers with large goblets growing on waste. During the day the trumpets are rolled up and covered with dust, so that they are invisible.

It is a metaphor for the whole country. You have freedom of choice - enjoy the trash or flowers.

 
India photography - Rice fields.   India photography - mandala on the street.   India photography - Landscape of fields in Madras.
Rice fields   Mandala   Landscape of fields in Madras
India photography - hut. India photography - hut. India photography - hut. India photography - hut. India photography - hut.
Hut Hut Hut Hut Hut

 

 

Huts are very small, made of cane, with compacted clay floor. Table and plank bed are the only furniture. These is the old India.
New houses are colored like a fairy tale from Disneyland.

 
India photography - New house. India photography - New house and straw hut. India photography - New house.
New house New house and straw hut.
Residents just moved and now have furniture, running water, electricity.
New house
India photography - New house. India photography - New house. India photography - New house with a roof hut India photography - New house and Arunachala hill.
New house New house Madras - villagers on the way New house with a roof hut New house
India photography - hut. India photography - hut. India photography - hut. India photography - village huts. India photography - village huts.
Hut Huts Hut Village Huts

WOMEN OF INDIA
are as colorful as flowers, sometimes they are poor and have only one or two saris, but very colorful! Sari is a strip of material length of 5 to 8 meters, which should not be sutured.
Sari is wrapped around the body, draped on the hips so that the waist seems very slim. Sari you can dress in 50 different ways.

Women of India believed that the material punctured by needle is unclean. Only the British and the Muslims introduced sewn clothes, which results today that under the sari women are wearing a short petticoat and above blouse with short sleeves.

 
India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai.
Girl Girl Girl Girl Girl
India photography - girl on motorbike in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai.
Girl on motorbike Girl Girl Girl Girl
 

My Polish friend asked me to look into a striking case - whether women and girls in India wear panties. I examined the issue and the answer is: - No! They do not wear panties!
I admit that I have no idea for what needed my colleague this knowledge. Indian women are untouchable! Parents marry them, and then the men have absolute power.

India is a country of incredible prudery! Women bathe in the sea, but dressed in a sari. Half of the men who after all are making children - had never seen his wife naked!

The is on this page photo of a woman whose husband died, leaving her with two children at the age of twenty. Despite extreme diligence she lived with children in poverty, doing everything possible to provide them with the school. She is extremely beautiful, but she will never touch another man - Indian culture sentences her to loneliness. She will never marry again, no one will accept her as a wife...

And all this in a country where once the Kama Sutra was written!

 
India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Mother with two kids portrait in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girl portrait in Tiruvannamalai.
Girl Mother with two kids Girl
India photography - kids in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Lady of the house at work in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - The old woman outside the gate in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Women and cottage in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - kids in Tiruvannamalai.
Kids Lady of the house at work The old woman outside the gate Women and cottage Kids
India photography - Portrait of a temple painter in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Portrait of a temple lady painter in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Portrait of a monkey in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Peacock protects OM sign against rain in Tiruvannamalai.
Portrait of a temple painter Temple painter Portrait of a monkey Peacock protects OM sign against rain.
India photography - Monkey and Lady in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Lady in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Bulls Nandil in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Milking cow in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Shopping street in Tiruvannamalai.
Monkey and Lady Lady in the Temple Bulls Nandil Milking cow Shopping street
India photography - Women and children at dinner in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - The old lady in front of temple in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - girls on street in Tiruvannamalai.
Women and children at dinner. The old lady in front of temple. Street, Girls
India photography - Children and grandfather in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Stefan, Andrzej, Wieslaw in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - portrait of the boy in Tiruvannamalai.
Children and grandfather Stefan, Andrzej, Wieslaw Boy
India photography - portrait of the teacher in Tiruvannamalai. India photography - Family on the steps of the ashram.  
Teacher Family on the steps of the ashram.  
India photography - Portrait of the girl. India photography - Girls. India photography - Girls. India photography - Girls. India photography - Girls.
Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls
India photography - Mother and daughter. India photography - children. India photography - Village women. India photography - Girls after school. India photography - slum.
Mother and daughter Children Village women Girls after school Slum
 

Indian children go to school in special jackets and they are very proud of that. Schools and universities are extremely popular and respected. It is a national passion. The dream of all parents - give children an education.

 
India photography - Portrait of the boy. India photography - Portrait of the girl. India photography - Children in line. India photography - Portrait of the girl. India photography - Portrait of the boy.
Boy Girl Children in line for pens. Girl Boy
India photography - Girls after school. India photography - Ladies painting mandalas. India photography - kids. India photography - kids. India photography - Ramanashramam.
Girls after school Ladies painting mandalas Kids Kids Ramanashramam
India photography - Master Premananda open arms.   India photography - Wieslaw and Ramani
Master Premananda open arms   Wieslaw and Ramani
  India photography - Master Premananda my third eye. India photography - Wieslaw Sadurski at the gate of ashram.
  Master Premananda opens my third eye Wieslaw at the gate of ashram
India photography - Andrew on background of tree.   India photography - Music team of our retreat.
Andrew on background of tree   Music team of our retreat
  India photography - The line for the blessing of the fire.   India photography - Bull cars. India photography - Transporting cane.
  The line for the blessing of the fire.   Bull cars Transporting cane

SADHU
means the same as a holy man, a religious ascetic, who decided to become liberated in the fourth and last period of life, through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. Sadhu is a sannyasi, who gave up life achievement, home, family, caste and account - to live in a cave, forest or a temple, dedicated to spiritual practice. In India live 4-5 million sadhus. They are widely respected for holiness, sometimes arouse concern because they can cast a spell. There are many sects, but all have the aim of achieving moksha - freedom, liberation, life in communion with God.

 
  India photography - holy sadhu.  
  Sadhu  
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.   India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.
Sadhu   Sadhu
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
 

SADHU
is initiated by a guru, from whom he receives a new name and mantra meditation practice.
The guru decides whether and when - after a period of service - sadhu can embark on the ultimate journey. Which requires every possible sacrifice. And so - sadhus are considered dead - so among themselves as well as against Indian law. They live with donations of food. They do not take charity, which differ from beggars, shown here on a separate page. Some live naked, smeared with ashes of burned corpses. Others live in caves, in the solitude of meditation. For many, sadhu brotherhood is important. They often use marijuana and hashish, which act as the holy communion.

 
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

Who says it has to be easy?
At dawn sadhu mandatory bathes in a cold mountain stream, meditates and prays at the sacred fire.

And why so many saints set in the queue? Because here arrives the food. About 11 am come into the courtyard Ramanashramam great boilers and sadhu are served with huge portions of food on plates pressed recycled - rice, vegetables, sauces, fruits. Sets up a long line of sadhus and a cop with a bamboo stick in his hand guards all right! When all the saints are fed well - comes second, much shorter queue - holy women sadhvi. The third line is in civilian clothes - they are just hungry...
And when all are done - Russian tour approach and also get food. I'm sitting on a stone in the courtyard and hear about how they revile barbarous Indians who do not give them spoons! Because in India you eat with the fingers of your right hand.

India photography - holy sadhu.
Yogi
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men. India photography - a group of holy sadhu men.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a portrait of leprosy holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Leprosy Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhu.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
 

India is the birthplace of four major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Popular and present are also other religions - Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Christianity.
Throughout the history of India religion was an important part of the national culture. Good is any faith that leads to God - this is the attitude of Hinduism and the basis of religious tolerance. Religious diversity and tolerance are guaranteed by law and custom.
Hinduism is often considered to be the oldest religion in the world, dating back to prehistoric times, about 5000 years ago. It has over a billion followers. Being a theistic religion - guests atheistic schools and philosophies as well.

 
India photography - a portrait of Chitdhartha. India photography - a portrait of monk. India photography - a portrait of monk. India photography - a portrait of monk.
Chitdhartha Monk Monk Monk
    India photography - a portrait of yogi. India photography - a portrait of yogi. India photography - a portrait of yogi.
    Yogi Yogi Yogi
India photography - Ladies on the stairs in Ramanashramam India photography - Collective participants in our retreat.
Ladies on the stairs in Ramanashramam Collective participants in our retreat. I sit on the left - the first time in my life one gives me a chair - so far I am aged!
  India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi. SADHVI is a feminine form of sadhu, with all the rights and obligations of a sadhu.
  Lady Sadhvi  
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi.
Sadhvi Sadhvi Sadhvi
India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi. India photography - a group of holy sadhvi. India photography - a portrait of holy sadhvi.
Sadhvi Sadhvi Queue of the saint sadhvi Sadhvi
India photography - holy sadhu asleep. India photography - holy sadhu asleep. India photography - holy sadhvi asleep. India photography - holy sadhu asleep.
Sadhus in a dream Sadhu on the side of the road Sadhvi asleep Sadhu in the shade
  India photography - Lord Shiva vehicle.

I'm going for a walk every day at Mount Arunachala, and here on the side of the road is parked a strange vehicle, all of silver, decorated with swans, lions and rich carvings.

My guess is that the Lord Shiva rides on it, probably he just went to piss in the bushes, or went up to meditate in a some cave.

I'm his ward, he personally assured me that nothing will happen to me as long as it does not happen. So I get on with courage, ready to travel.

And what happens? Galaxy evolves from nothing sparkling over my head, a star shines in my ear.
Hey, now I will be darting in spaces! Om Nama Shivaya!

Artist, creator of this website Wieslaw Sadurski in Cosmic Lord Shiva Vehicle.
  Lord Shiva vehicle. Wieslaw Sadurski in Cosmic Vehicle.
 

What's going on? Who is wading up to the ears in the eternal light, without shame and disgrace? Sitting on the step Ramanasramam I looked amazed at the world - that is so simple and clear, without blemish and without memory, centered in itself, outside of time.
Puzzled: I sit on the stone, not looking for anything, I find everything.
Room immense, untamed light, infinite life overruning humans, monkeys, trees, each grain of sand and every elementary particle that vibrates in the bliss of existence.

I am back in Berlin, I play in the film yet and I have to send infinity into a corner, have to clean up trash and vacuum the dust.
Oh, and the light bulb blew, and the enlightenment has no electric current anymore.

The magnetic field has two poles: master Premananda and mountain Arunachala.
I am in love with the truth. There is only freedom, that loves the truth. I bow to the truth.

Ant climbs on my big toe, goes up. - Watch out, formic, you wander the infinite foot. Get out down to the sand, I want to be able to bend and fall down to your eight feet - I say.

It is the flame that burns. Do not burns me, but that what I am not.

Tomorrow I will write on, the joy of life must sleep.

 
Om Nama Shivaya!
 
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