Colors of Life like colors of rainbow

Eye on every activities that catches my mind and touches my heart


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Earthquake

On April 25, 2015 deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 devastated Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal. More than 8,800 people died and injured 23,000.  Hundreds of thousands of people  homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country.

I would like to dedicate this poem to those who died, injured and survive the earthquake.

April 25th 2015

The day everything changed

Loved one died

Buildings collapsed , temples crumbled

Only the rubble remained

 

Within a minute

Beautiful  Kathmandu valley

Turned into rubble

Creating much trouble

 

Tears , havoc,  chaos and screams

Earthquake shattered  Nepalese dream

Lives  altered , left in devastation

Natural disaster affecting a nation

 

I

Make love with husband

Breast feed  child

Hug parents

Everyone  smiled

 

Play with friends

Fight with brothers

Laugh with sisters

For the last time

What a fate of mine

 

Within a second

All are buried

I search in a hurried

But bricks are

What I find

After hours dead body lined

 

Earthquake you took away

What you want

Shelters turned to grave

Earthquake insane or brave

 

Give us chance to be normal

Don’t be heinous criminal

Earthquake calm down

Everything  dumped down

Life turned bizarre

With deepest  scar

 

April 25th 2015

People loose,  earthquake won

Despite all this

Life goes on and on

Stand up , crave path , walk miles

so that

Future generations

shine and smile


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Let me be myself

 

Let me shine
like the sun
let me rise
like a bird
let me live as I want
and
be myself

Let me be calm
like the river
let me swim
to reach the shore
Let me be free
to act and think
let me
rule my world
and
let me
be myself

Let me cry
like a child
let me smile
like the spring
let me be limitless
like the sky
and
let me
be myself

Let me be overweight
let me be ugly
don’t judge me
by my body or complexion
don’t question my beauty
accept me as I am
and
let me
be myself

Let me stand
tall like a tree
let me fall
free like a leaf
let me blossom
like a flower
and
let me
be myself

 


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Miracle Miracle everywhere

What else can be miracle than to see more than 45 million blooming flowers in stunning designs, awesome shapes and structures ? . Another miracle is too see the garden in the middle of desert. Miracle Garden is located in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange along Shiekh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road within Dubai Land Development Project. You can take a cab from mall of the Emirates. It is open daily from 9am until 9pm on weekdays, 9am until 11pm on weekends ( Friday and Saturday) . Entrance fee for adult is 30AED. Disabled person, child of 3yr old and below are free. This garden is expanded in an area of 72,000 sq.m with 4km pathways, 1km flower wall and more than 45 million flowers.

entrance gate to the miracle garden

entrance gate to the miracle garden

 

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man made lake at the side of beautiful statue of women covered with flowers

beautiful statue of women covered with flowers

umbrella garden

umbrella garden

flower river

colorful flowers

Once I enter the garden I was astounded for a minute and stopped at the entrance gazing the beauty of flowers. I can’t believe it. I didn’t know where to start to look the garden. Finally I take a deep breath and start to explore the garden. The landscapes designs are not only unique but also incredible. Every nook of the garden is eye catching. Man made lake gives life to the garden .

man made lake

man made lake

lovely flowers

lovely flowers

 

posing for picture

posing for picture

The most attractions of the garden are a huge floral clock around 13 meters in diameter, made out of real plants and flowers with changeable design for every season (twice a year). Likewise Flower Huts, Flower Castle with stunning design, Flower falls, Umbrella Pathway, Flowers Tents, Flowers Fall area, Lake and Fountain, Burj Khalifa of 18 meters height built with flowers, peacock with a very a very large tail are stunning to see.

different shapes houses

different shapes houses

huts

huts

tents with stunning designs

tents with stunning designs

nice design

nice design

flower hosue

flower house

amazing designs

amazing designs

Miracle Garden holds the record in Guinness Book of Records for having the longest wall of flowers. It is an unique display and extravagant outdoor recreational destination for the all the people. This garden was divided into two phage for development. Completed first phase includes state of the art services and facilities including open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors. Likewise new attraction for phase II are the Butterfly Garden, souvenir Shop (for buying memorable gifts to make your visit memorable), Aromatic Plants Garden,

flower huts

flower huts

flower clock

flower clock

awesome designs

awesome designs

lovely peacock looks as real peacock

lovely peacock looks as real peacock

more flowers

more flowers

whose house is this ?

whose house is this ?

flower in different landscape

flower in different landscape

Edible Plants Garden, Flowers Valleys made with different stunning designs etc.
It is one of the most memorable visits of my lifetime. It refreshes and reenergizes me. Your visit won’t be memorable if you don’t visit this garden if you have planned to visit Dubai.


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Deathbed Notes

At the time of

my last breath

I realize

Birth and death are like

performance of play

Lifetime is like a flash of light

passing by swiftly

as a waterfall down a cliff

 

 All my life

My ignorant mind

keep believing

I am beautiful

I am powerful

I am immortal

Pride, hatred and jealousy

ego, desire and misery

block my mind

like cloud block the sunshine

and

I believe

there is no sunshine

though sunshine is there

 

All my life

I give a damn

to the sick, poor and destitute

never heal their wounds

never look after them

My obscure mind

love my body wholeheartedly

I keep massaging tenderly

thinking

this will last forever

and

pretending

myself as beautiful

Now

my tender skin

turned to thousands lines

none of the cream

hide my wrinkle

none of the massage oil

make my body strong

 

All my life

Due to

The Darkness of ignorance

I believe

my friends, parents, relatives

will be with me forever

Now

time has come

I have to leave

my possessions, family and friends

they won’t follow me anymore

But

my Karma follows me

 

All my life

I forgot to rejoice the true nature

the self- knowing wisdom

Never understand

the source of all phenomena of

Samsara and Nirvana

is the nature of mind-void, luminous

all encompassing, vast as sky

and

I spent my life in Samsara

doing meaningless activities

Never believe

death chases me

from the time of my birth

 

All my life

I forgot equanimity

Hate enemy

But

In the end

We are in same death bed

writing death notes

Now

I am begging death

To extend my life

But

Death is dumb

won’t hear crying

Death it blind

won’t see begging

I cannot use my power

I can’t bribe death

I cannot escape from death

Helpless

I surrender myself

like little mouse surrender

in the swamp

Realizing the truth

I cannot die

in ease and prosperity

I have to come again in Samsara

wander from life to life

with no particular direction or purpose

Like a bee flying

round and round inside a jar


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Kora;Path towards enlightenment

Kora is a path on which we walk around sacred object or place. Kora means circle in Tibetan and circumbulation in English. It is a path to purify our negative karma. Likewise we can get physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Tibetan circumbulate in a clockwise direction while Bon practitioner walk anti clockwise. When Master Atisha arrived in Tibet, Dromtonpa and his other disciples asked him, “Why do you attach such great importance to circumambulating Stupas in contrast with all other virtuous acts?” Master Atisha told them, “Among all relatively virtuous acts, there is none that brings about more merits than circumambulating Stupas, because it is the amassment of good karma of the body, the mind and the soul.

Lamas doing Kora in Bouddhanath

Lamas doing Kora in Boudhanath Stupa

People enjoying Kora in Boudhanath Stupa

People enjoying Kora in Boudhanath Stupa

Circumambulating is a very powerful practice, and the very root of the practice is to circumambulate with strong devotion, and with an undistracted mind. Since we need to accumulate extensive merit in order to generate realizations and achieve enlightenment quickly, we should attempt to circumambulate as perfectly as possible. Circumambulations should be done with body, speech and mind. If your mind is distracted and you are gossiping while you are circumambulating, there is no great benefit. Mental circumambulation involves generating devotion by thinking again and again of the qualities of the object you are circumambulating, of the qualities of  the Guru-Buddha. Speech circumambulation involves reciting mantras and praises over and over again. While reciting mantras we can use prayers beads, prayers wheels but it is not compulsion. With body and speech the most  important one is the mental circumambulation i, e having devotion in the mind. Do not think small virtuous things are not worth your attention. Even small drops of water can accumulate and fill a big vessel. Virtue needs to be accumulated little by little; it is impossible to instantly gain all provisions required for becoming Buddha. Sutra of Wisdom and Foolishness (Damamukl Nidana Sutra)

Kora again

More people doing Kora

myself doing Kora

myself doing Kora

Most of the time while circumambulating I meditate on emptiness. As with walking meditation it helps in practicing awareness of dependent arising. I question myself self, “What am I doing?—I am circumambulating. Why am I circumambulating?. Except for the fact that the body is circumambulating, there is no reason at all that I am circumambulating. It is very good to apply this reasoning. When I do this, there is suddenly some change in the concrete, independent I. Suddenly it is not so solid, not so real. It is not that the I does not exist, but there is a big change in my perception of it. In the heart there is a feeling of I, but this I is not real in the sense of being independent and existent from its own side. Others people might have different feeling. Finally, at the end of Kora I dedicate all the merit for long life of gurus and benefit of all sentient beings.

lightening butter lamp for the benefit of sentient beings

lightening butter lamp for the benefit of sentient beings

May all my actions be virtuous actions. May all my actions become cause for happiness and enlightenment. May all my actions bring happiness to all sentient beings. May all my actions bring enlightenment to all sentient beings.


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Simple way to feed the humanity

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha

What’s the first thing you think of when you see the poor and homeless people ? Do you feel like giving something to them or you give a damn to them. When I see these kind of people the first thing that comes in my mind is to help them at any cost. There are so many simple ways to serve them which is really essential to them. But we are never aware of this.

shirts ready to distribute

used shirts ready to distribute

used Kurthas, T-shirts

used Kurthas, T-shirts

used clothes

used clothes

Some people are born in rich family whereas some are in poor. But whom is to blame if they born in such a family who have hand to mouth problem. In Buddhism we believe that it is their Karma. We also believe we all are interdependent, so it is our moral responsibility to help beings born with deformation or retardation, who are paying their karmic dues to ease their potential sufferings, we aim to elevate their poor livelihood by all possible means. But if we lend our hand just by giving small part of what we have that would bring immense pleasure to them.

people waiting for food and clothes

people waiting for food and clothes

serving food

serving food

Now a days we are so busy taking care of ourselves or rather say our children, our family etc. We care about our happiness in the mean time we forget that there are many people who need our love, care and support too. We throw lavish party, we spent thousands for buying clothes to our children, we love spending money on expensive cosmetics but we never think of helping the poor and homeless people. We never realize that it is not that they are poor it is our attitude towards them that makes us feel they are poor.

 

people eating food

people eating food

distributing clothes

distributing clothes

woman eagerly waiting for the clothes to receive

woman eagerly waiting for the clothes to receive

One week ago I planned to help poor and homeless people in a simple way. I want to give used but good clothto these people. I know the clothes  which is of no use to me can really be a big help to them. I share my feeling with my Dharma friend Sonia Guillot. She told me to visit the website of APHO. All Pervading Helping Others Organization (APHO) was founded by Abbot Dakpa Yeshi on 2008. It is nonprofit organization which has been serving meals and clothes to disabled and poor. They are doing it on auspicious Buddhist spiritual days and events by feeding scores and sometimes hundreds of poor who have difficulty meeting their food needs. They are serving them four times a month. Finally on 2nd November I reach at APHO’s place for donating clothes. They always give meal at 12 noon only.  But before 12 noon lots of disable and poor people queue outside the gate. They are really poor. At 12 noon we start to serve them food . After taking food I distribute clothes to them individually. People seem very happy with the clothes.

feeding the destitute

feeding the destitute

happily eating the rice, dal and curry

happily eating the rice, dal and curry

My happiness has no boundaries but the question that come in my mind is how nice it would be if we help them in some income generating work. They need it most. How long can they go seeking food and clothes from others?. If you want to lend your hand visit this website http://www.apho.org.np . Check your cupboards you can see many clothes dumped for years. Why not to give it to such organization? There is no other happiness as serving others.  Being human try live for others as well.

serving Dal

serving Dal

 

 

 


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Photopraphs of recent Poon Hill trek

Remembering the people who lost their lives in the recent  avalanche in the Annapurna Region ( Thorang La Pass) area in Nepal on October 19, 2014.  At least 38 people died and many are injured.  Few weeks ago I trek thorough the Poon Hill. I am overwhelmed to see the natural beauty.  Questioning myself how can natural disaster swept away all the beauty of nature within  a second taking so many innocent people lives ? . Praying  for the dead,  injured and people who lost their loved ones. OM MANI PADMAE HUM

 After one and half hours drive  from Pokhara  to  reach  Nayapul . From Naayapul the trek starts. WE can also take a jeep from Naaypul to Tikhedhunga.
Modi River

Modi River

traditional village house

traditional village house

serene river

serene river

Birethati

Birethati

 

Way to Hille

Way to Hille

Rice Paddy field

Rice Paddy field

beautiful village

beautiful village

walking trail

walking trail after Tikhedhunga

Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and this takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages.
belly bridge

suspension bridge before walking the stairs of Ulleri

 nice water fall

nice water fall

more water fall

more water fall

Green Hills

Green Hills

traditional Nepali DOKO used as Dustbin

traditional Nepali DOKO used as Dustbin

dead snake spotted in Ulleri

dead snake spotted in Ulleri

nice Hills

nice Hills

traditional way of keeping maize  for a long period so that villagers can use it after years

traditional way of keeping maize at Banthati so that villagers can use it after years

tough steep steps of Ulleri

tough slippery  steps of Ulleri

 

Nagaethati

Nagaethati

From Nagaethati to Gorepani is one and half hours of trek.
Entry gate of Ghoreoani

Entry gate of Ghoreoani

lower Ghorepani village

lower Ghorepani village

Mountain veiled in fog

Mountain veiled in fog

Helipad at Upper Ghorepani

Helipad at Upper Ghorepani

sun is about to rise

sun is about to rise

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Poon Hill

Poon Hill

 

Tower at Poon Hill

Tower at Poon Hill

majestic mountain

majestic mountain

Poon Hill named after Major Tek. Bahadur Pun discover the Hill

Major Tek. Bahadur Pun is the founder of Poon  Hill

people are enjoying the breathtaking mountains

people are enjoying the breathtaking mountains

 

walking down the stairs of Ulleri

walking down the stairs of Ulleri

life is beautiful as the marigold flower

life is beautiful as the marigold flower

 

I am tired

I am tired