Saturday, September 16, 2017

Soulie Saturday #22: ... By the Yamuna River in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.


Sunset by the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh


Let's all be
who we really
are.

Says who...?
who's got it all figured out.
~ Mother Nature ~

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Soulie Saturday #21: From Instagram... Sharing our #Soulie Moments!


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Don't believe what your eyes are telling you.
All they show is limitation.
Look with your understanding.
Find out what you already know,
And you will see the way to fly.
~ Richard Bach

This quote is from one of my favourite books, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and of course the moment framed is from the monument Gateway of India! 🏠✨ 

*One of my #soulie from Instagram.


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I am still reveling in the inspiration that I have just gathered by going through the hashtag soulie on Instagram! And so, it only feels right to sit down, compile, and share all these fabulous creations submitted under the idea since the last soulie sharing chapter in the series. Thank you Everyone! I cannot be more grateful for all these wonderfully creative people who have come out asking for all that my little project #soulie is about, showing an interest and curiosity in the idea, believing in it and sharing their #soulie moments on Instagram.

From a lonesome flower in beautiful bloom to a canopy of hope bobbing on the sea, from reflections of peace in the ocean of Gangasagar to sufi renditions from the heart of Delhi, Qutub Minar - this edition of Soulie Sharing has it all to touch your soul and kiss your spirit. And I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to share all this with you!

I hope you'll hop over to each of these Instagram profiles and cheer their talent along as they go about weaving their magical pictures with a thread of their soul. Here they go, all the posts are in the order in which they were shared, read on!

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I wonder what it takes to grow alone...
To bloom on its own...
To stand out of the crowd...
To seek the unknown...


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The chaos and the cauldron
The angst and the fears
The pangs of loss;

Let them not cloud your vision,
Let them not take away
The love, compassion and hope;
The sweet music divine
From your heart.

Embrace solitude at a remote beach
Reflect, admire, smile
Let the waves lull you to sleep;
Allow Nature to soothe you
And cleanse the burden of your heart.

Let love be your lyrics
Let kindness be your music
Allow your heart to sing forever! 💜🎵🎶

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Saumy Nagayach @saumynagayach21



There are days when we search for peace in our lives.
And when we visit religious places like Gangasagar-
the confluence of river Ganga and Bay of Bengal,
the world altogether looks so very different and pleasant.
Even the lifeless objects around such places becomes full of life.
Everything appears at rest and justifies the fact that "Peace still Exists" in real world,
it's only the perspective that how we see it.

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خاک @rooh_ani

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Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is the best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you.
~ Shams Tabrizi

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Suzie Arcona - Boaz @suzieq7_


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You are my Sunflower!
You keep me facing the lighted path, warm my Heart,
and have planted the nourishing seeds of Love in my Soul! 💜🌻

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خاک @rooh_ani

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Andheron mein aati roshni ka qayal hoon main
Issi umeed se, har mushkil se ladta hoon main

~ KhaaK

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Aye Khuda e paak Aye Rabul Kareem 
Hai Tu hi Malik, Tu hi banda nawaaz
Jaanta hai Tu humare dil ke raaz 
Kya zameen kya aasman, kya subho shaam 
Hain sab hi Tere isharo ke ghulam 
Tu jo chahe zarra bhi ho aaftab
Jisko chahe usko de Tu behisaab ...

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Masroofiyat ki inteha to dekhiye 
Kitne tanha hain bheed mein bhi .. ~ KhaaK


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Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends. ~ Hafez

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In dinon garche dakkan mein hai badi qadr-e-sukhan
Kaun Jaye “Zauq” par Dilli ki galiyan chhod kar

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Udne de inn parindo ko aazad fiza mein ‪Ghalib
Jo tere apne honge wo laut ayenge kisi roz

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Purify your eyes, and see the pure world.
Your life will fill with radiant forms. ~ Rumi

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Be grateful for your life, every detail of it,
and your face will come to shine like a sun,
and everyone who sees it will be made glad and peaceful. ~ Rumi

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But that knowing depends on the time spent looking. ~ Rumi

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Many of you have also mentioned in the comments that they have been following Soulie Saturday for a while, and are interested to join - so if you are thinking about taking part, I just wanted to say that I would be thrilled to have you join our little #soulie community! Read this post to get a bit more insight on the idea of the project and come, come - say hi on Instagram @artisdiary.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Shendoor Laal / Jaidev Jaidev / Sukhkarta Dukhharta: Ganesh Mantra with Ganesh Arti.


You may be gone from my sight,
but you are never gone from my heart ❤

~ Winnie the Pooh.

Ganpati Pandal Hopping, Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, Mantra and Aarti

It's the last day of the annual festival of Ganesh Chaturthi... and after 11 days of merry making, praying, Ganpati pandal hopping and modak-laddoo feasting, it's time to bid farewell to our beloved friend. He is off to his hometown leaving all his fans, followers and admirers melancholic, sad and teary eyed. Goodbyes are in the air with euphoric chants like 'Ganpati Gele Gavala, Chain Padena Aamhala' 'Undir Mama Ki Jay' and 'Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudchya Varshi Lavkarya' creating a carnival like atmosphere. He is being taken on carts, trucks and heads to nearby lakes from where he shall begin His heavenly journey. Soon, he will be out of our ordinary sights... but not without leaving an impression on the canvas of our hearts, not without teaching us all about loving, leaving... about life.

Today, although the heart feels heavy and the house... empty, and although his absence will leave a void in our hearts till He comes back next year; the aura of His child-like smile, cheer and benevolence shall continue to light hundreds of happiness lamps driving all thoughts of melancholy away.

So, on this occasion of Ananth Chaturdashi 2017, in her humble attempt to bid farewell to our friend, Ganpati Bappa, My Yatra Diary... has gathered the various pictures from the pandals visited in the year to sing Him a farewell arti and invites you all to join in as well! I hope by watching the video that sings praises in honour of our beloved, light a lamp of wisdom, learning, peace and courage in all of our hearts so that they remain ever so radiant and incandescent till the time He be back with us once again next year.

|| Ganpati Bappa Morya ||


>> All pictures and video by yours truly, beautiful arti rendered by Shri Amitabh Bachchan.



If you'd like to watch the video on You Tube, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUmNFzxIAlo

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Soulie Saturday #20: Ganesha's Blessing! (Ganpati Pandal Hopping, Mumbai)


If we could hear Him speak...

Beautiful Ganesha Blessing during Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Mumbai
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival: Ganpati Pandal Hopping, Mumbai

May you trust your highest power
that you are exactly where you are meant to be
at any given moment.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith.
May you use your special gifts and talents,
and pass on the wisdom and knowledge
that has come through your experiences of life.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise
and love without hesitation.
It is there for each and every one of us
to share and partake of without fear.

~ Irish Blessings.

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This post is part of an ongoing series called Soulie Saturday on My Yatra Diary..., a spiritual exploration of that which is Unseen and a celebration of that Ultimate sacred space we yearn for - within and without - and the riches we carry in our own hearts. Click on the preceding "Soulie Saturday" link to view all posts in the series, or visit the initial overview post that inspired me to start this series here.

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