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  • SubGenre:Individual Photographers / Essays
  • Language:English
  • Pages:71
  • eBook ISBN:9781623090609

108 Blessings of a Babaji

by Ananta Govinda

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"108 Blessings of a Babaji" is an inspiring compilation of travel photography taking you on a journey to beautiful land of India. Venturing into the land of sages in search of traces of ancient culture, the book features intimate portraits of its residents and landscape photography of the holy places where the time seems to stop millennium ago. All photos are captioned with descriptions explaining the meaning of rituals and traditions of Vedic culture.
Like a traveler who is eager to bathe in a cold waterfall after a long day's journey, the soul is anxious for the crystal clear knowledge that will give it happiness. It is believed by many, that up in the Himalayan Mountains of India millenniums ago the original Truth of the World was spoken. Finding the values of the materialistic world inconsistent, I journeyed to the land of sages in search of some traces of ancient culture. Climbing the " roof of the world " seemed to be a good place to get a grand perspective! The wise men of the East believe that the topmost knowledge is found in the Vedas, ancient scriptures given to humankind, like a manual for the universe upon creation. I was so eager to meet all those carrying that wisdom in their hearts! And indeed what a wonderful rollercoaster ride India turned out to be: dodging the chaos of metropolitan life, I ventured into the areas where the count of centuries seemed to stop... Moments spend at those holy places were transformational, but what struck me even more was the deep shinning light in the eyes of people living around those temples. Felt like the warmth of true values was reflecting with kindness, or was is just my imagination? Even though I traveled by myself I never felt alone. In fact, the true purpose of this pilgrimage was to take all of you, those that I love and care about to this wonderful land. Always feeling an integral part of it, I always wanted to share with the world what is the most important and of eternal value. The path of Sanatana Dharma is what Vedas describe as eternal universal principle for material prosperity and spiritual elevation. Babajis or " sadhus" are those who decide to lead lives of traveling mendicants. Addressing someone as a Babaji, or Baba for short, is a sign of respect. Absorbed in life's essence these pilgrims travel from one holy place to another. But most importantly, they carry a temple in their heart, reminding those engaged in mundane affairs about the flickering nature of material happiness. Babajis give up household comforts and often beg for their sustenance. However, stretching out a hand and asking for spare change is not an act of desperation. A passerby will always give to a traveling Baba to gain spiritual benefit: the Baba will offer the passerby's prayers in the many holy places he visits. I invite you to come along on this journey into the beautiful land of India. Following the advice I was given, to keep my mind swan-like, I spent several months living a life of a pilgrim. Like swans, which have the ability to extract pure milk even when it is mixed with water, I also tried to filter out the dust and chaos of India and share that hidden beauty with you. I hope you enjoy the journey
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