Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Holi: The Colors of Life

Let us splash vibrant frenzy colors on the eve of Holi…

Holi festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

... Gulal ...

red, blue, purple, yellow or green

Celebrating Holi beyond boundaries

A riot of colors ... let them free, let them fly

A happy lady dancing on the festival of Holi

A day's melee or a life's canvas
let me paint an everlasting imagination
shades as beautiful as a dream


Celebrating Holi at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

Like petals of a spirited flower
these are colors of a different kind
they touch us, they soothe and they bind

Celebrating Holi beyond boundaries at Parmarth Niketan Ashram Rishikesh

All trees - old or young, big or small
Smile in their tender sprouts
and laugh in their blooms…

A color soaked woman poses on the festival of Holi

What is the color of smiles and laughter?
Multitudes of the Universe in its chime

Celebrating Holi with foreigners at Rishikesh

What is the color of innocence?

Celebrating Holi beyond colors

A gaze that cleanses the mind
purifies the heart of all evil
and fills it with love and adoration

A child drenched in the colors of Holi

... Love ...
as childlike, playful and pure as Radha and Krishna

Selfie in the colors of Holi

Shaded in a feeling rich and wholesome,
A flight as gentle as a dove

Celebrating Holi beyond boundaries at Rishikesh

What is the color of success?
Survival of faith when challenged by evil
And satisfaction dyed in the sweat of giving your best

A group of friends on the festival of Holi

Year after year,
A myriad of strings rages within my spirit
Each thread drenched in the hue of Existence

Celebrating Holi Holika Dahan Rishikesh

What is the color of Existence?

Smiles, tears, joy and sadness
flowing from the Heart of Life itself
A heady concoction of moments
happy, sad, bitter and sweet
igniting embers of hope, faith, kindness and forgiveness in the yearning fire of spirit

The yearning fire 
dancing in the vast expanse of Love and Beauty – of My Father.

What color is My Father?

Lord Shiva Rishikesh

... And yours ...

And what color is His blessing?

Lord Shiva drenched in colors, Holi

Blessings that fill our canvas of Life
in hues and shades of all humane colors and more.

Celebrating Holi Rishikesh

I wonder if I or anyone can really ever know.

HAPPY HOL!


All pictures from the International Yoga Festival held at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, 2015 - the only time that I can remember having participated in Dhuleti or the color day of the Holi festival! 

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