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Ashramof1 arunachala from home this morning @noornalini


Arunachala. From home this morning .

Alexgphotos check out my new photo @noornalini


Check out my new photo collection, Water Worlds:
Over 30 works focusing on the surreal magic and beauty of water droplets!

When I look at dewdrops, raindrops and water droplets in general up close, I see worlds, universes and untold stories. Water drops are fascinating subjects to photograph. They form beautiful shapes and patterns, and when one takes a closer look they can almost appear like faraway galaxies and planets. See the entire macro photo-series here

Color is a power which directly influences the @noornalini

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”

~Wassily Kandinsky

Photo: ‘Whirlpool’ via alexgphotos

Recently ive been inspired to draw more often @noornalini

Recently, I’ve been inspired to draw more often. Here’s one of my latest… 

Another one of those late night poems of the kind @noornalini

Another one of those late-night poems. Of the kind that don’t let go until they’re written down on paper, but the moment they’re out there, a serenity overtakes your whole being…

A poem i wrote several nights ago @noornalini

A poem I wrote several nights ago.

Alexgphotos autumn has always been the most @noornalini


Autumn has always been the most magical time of the year for me. All of nature comes alive with golden hues, gentle breezes and the fresh smell of rain.

Check out a selection of my best autumnal works on

Humansofnewyork going through life without god @noornalini


“Going through life without God is like being an astronaut tumbling out of control in outer space. You grab on to this, but it breaks, and you tumble some more. Every time you lose something that you tried to hold on to— your marriage, your job, your mom— you start tumbling even faster. So you’ve got to stay close. You can’t cut your umbilical cord. But you don’t have to go to church. God is everywhere. God is that blade of grass trying to come up through the concrete. So many people go to church, and leave church, not even realizing that they are the church. You just need to make a determination in your mind that you want to find and believe in the truth.”


House of furballs about a month ago we found a @noornalini

‘House of Furballs’

About a month ago we found a box with 5 abandoned kittens. They have been in our care since then and are about 2 months old at the moment.

In the photo, they are about 3 weeks and one kitten is hiding at the back of the kitty house.

Our mission at this time is to find the best home possible for these little guys!

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Alexgphotos thumbelina this delicately @noornalini



This delicately curled flower reminded me of the one Thumbelina came from. Although the fairytale talks about a tulip, there was something so pure and magical about this bud; it felt like the perfect title for this image.

“This is such a pretty flower,” said the woman. She kissed its lovely red and yellow petals, and just as she kissed it the flower gave a loud pop! and flew open. It was a tulip, right enough, but on the green cushion in the middle of it sat a tiny girl. She was dainty and fair to see, but she was no taller than your thumb. So she was called Thumbelina.

~From ‘Tommelise’ (Thumbelina) by Hans Christian Andersen

Alexgphotos a little madness in the spring is @noornalini


A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown —
Who ponders this tremendous scene —
This whole Experiment of Green —
As if it were his own!

~Emily Dickinson

[See more works from the ‘Magical Flora’ series here]

Alexgphotos a perfect moment its not often @noornalini


‘A Perfect Moment’

It’s not often that a perfect moment comes along, and when it does, it usually comes completely unexpected. This image was on my “dream-capture list” for so long I almost forgot about it.

One day I found a small dandelion hidden behind some shrubberies (they aren’t as common here as in other places in the world). As I began photographing its beautiful form, a very gentle breeze came and one of the seeds took off very slowly. It was perfect because the focus was already there and all I had to do is click the shutter to capture this little guy parachuting away… :)

Alexgphotos like a caring mother holding and @noornalini


“Like a caring mother
Holding and guarding the life
Of her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Hold yourself and all beings.”

~Karaniya Metta Sutta

Emergence both light and shadow are the @noornalini


“Both light and shadow
are the dance of Love.”

~Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī

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For stillness is joy joy is free from @noornalini
“For stillness is joy. Joy is free from care
Fruitful in long years.
Joy does all things without concern:
For emptiness, stillness, tranquility, tastelessness,   
Silence, and non-action
Are the root of all things.”

~Thomas Merton (trans.), “Action and Non-Action” from The Way of Chuang Tzu.

[Photo: ‘Overture to Summer’ via alexgphotos ]

Mindful by mary oliver every day i see or hear @noornalini

Mindful by Mary Oliver

Every day
I see or hear
that more or less kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for -
to look, to listen, to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant - but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab, the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

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Alexgphotos lurking in the shadows i love to @noornalini


‘Lurking in the Shadows’

I love to observe cats at their most focused moments. When they hunt, for example; or when they watch you (a stranger) with some hesitation, deciding whether to trust you or not. Their focus is so completely one-pointed, perfectly sharp and constant. It always appears like they see right through you with those eyes…

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Alexgphotos happy earth day everyone the @noornalini


Happy Earth Day everyone! :)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust

If the mind is happy not only the body but the @noornalini

If the mind is happy, 
not only the body 
but the whole world will be happy. 
So one must find out 
how to become happy oneself. 
Wanting to transform the world 
without discovering one’s true self 
is like trying to cover the whole world with leather 
to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. 
It is much simpler to wear shoes. 

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Alexgphotos fly away this little snail was @noornalini


‘Fly Away’

This little snail was hiding from the wind on a withered leaf when I found it. Or, perhaps he was trying to fly away? :)

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Give up the thought that this frail body is you @noornalini

“Give up the thought that this frail body is you; pursue the Self within which is eternal bliss. This body which you think you are, is not true, is not you. The real you is within you as the truth. Pursue it. Do Self Enquiry and find it.“

~Sri Muruganar, from Guru Vachaka Kovai

{Art by Jane Adams}

Alexgphotos moonchild sailing on the wind @noornalini



“…Sailing on the wind
In a milk white gown
Dropping circle stones on a sun dial
Playing hide and seek
With the ghosts of dawn
Waiting for a smile from a sun child.”
~Moonchild, King Crimson

Have you ever noticed that when you truly @noornalini

“Have you ever noticed that when you truly appreciate something or someone, it’s almost as if the space between you disappears for a short while? In a way, you become one with it, simply by being present. If you see something amazingly beautiful, like a new type of flower or animal, for a moment there’s just this sheer awe;but then someone tells you its name, and from that moment on whenever you look at it again the name immediately pops into your mind. So, when I photograph, I go back to that state of not-knowing, just pure childlike awe.

This silent connection with the subject is the most important ingredient I’m looking for in every image. It may be a withered leaf, a flower, a human-being or a pet, but this fundamental ingredient must always be there. Ideally, I try to interpret this connection into my images and transfer that to the viewers.”

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Alexgphotos life always has its ups and downs @noornalini


Life always has its ups and downs; life IS ebb and flow. We must appreciate the beauty of both states that are in fact one, since they depend on each-others existence.

Remember, music cannot flow without the pauses… :)

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Came across this tiny leaf about half an inch @noornalini

Came across this tiny leaf (about half an inch long), surrounded by some moss, and couldn’t help thinking of Gulliver. So I decided to call it ‘Voyage to Lilliput’.

Here’s a quote to go along:

“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.”
― Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels


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How can the mind which has created the world @noornalini

“How can the mind which has created the world accept it as unreal? That is the significance of the comparison made between the world of the waking state and the dream world. Both are creations of (imagined within) the mind, and so long as the mind is engrossed in either, it finds itself unable to deny their reality.

It cannot deny the reality of the dream world while it is dreaming, and it cannot deny the reality of the waking world while it is awake. If, on the other hand, you draw your hand completely from the world, and turn it within and abide there, that is, if you always keep awake to the Self (consciousness) which is the substratum (source) of all experiences, you will find the world of which you are now aware is just as unreal as the world in which you lived in your dream (during sleep at night).”

~Sri Ramana Maharshi (From the “Maharshi’s Gospel”, Chapter III, “The Jnani and the World”)


You are a child of the universe no less than the @noornalini

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

~Max Ehrmann, excerpted from Desiderata.


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Let me not follow the clamor of the world but @noornalini

“Let me not follow the clamor of the world, but walk calmly in my path.” ~Max Ehrmann, from ‘A Prayer’

Photo: 'A Child of Rain’ by

Why i wake early hello sun in my face hello @noornalini

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety—

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light—
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

~Mary Oliver


Since you say that you have forgotten your real @noornalini

“Since you say that you have forgotten your real Self, the only way is to go back to it. If you keep the light on all the time, darkness can never enter your room. Even if you open the door and invite the darkness to come in, it
cannot enter. Darkness is just the absence of light. In the same way, the mind is a self inflicted area of darkness in which the light of the Self has been deliberately shut off. So, go back to your own Self.”

~Annamalai Swami

[Art by Jane Adams]

Where past and future are gathered neither @noornalini

“Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”

~T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton (Four Quartets)


Go said the bird for the leaves were full of @noornalini

“Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.”

~T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets (Burnt Norton)

[Photo: ‘The Fairy Queen’ by]

You spin me round wwwalexgreenshpuncom @noornalini

‘You spin me round…'

Watching animals at play is pure joy… :)

Silence is the true upadesa it is the perfect @noornalini

“Silence is the true upadesa. It is the perfect upadesa. It is suited only for the most advanced seeker. The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore, they require words to explain the Truth. But Truth is beyond words; it does not warrant explanation. All that is possible is to indicate It. How is that to be done?”

~Sri Ramana Maharshi (Talks, p. 433)

Photo: “A Piece of Heaven”

If you can always live in the now never @noornalini

If you can always live in the now, never complaining about the past or imagining the future;

If you can live without expectations;

If you can have unwavering patience and devotion towards your loved ones;

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;

If you have no preconceptions;

If you can never judge a person by their outward appearance, education, financial status, and so on;

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics;

–Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!

[Photo: ‘Buddy’ by]

It never snows in my town our winters are usually @noornalini

It never snows in my town. Our winters are usually filled with clouds and rains.

When yesterday’s hail suddenly started resembling snow and painted a beautiful wintery scenery, it was truly a miracle. Suddenly, the familiar green lawns and palm trees, the black roads and the cars riding them were all turning white!

Most of the kids in the neighborhood have never seen snow in their lives… Joy was abound… :)

Have captured a few photos of those magical moments.

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What is grace i asked god and he said all @noornalini

‘What is grace’ I asked God.

And He said,

‘All that happens.’

Then He added, when I looked perplexed,

‘Could not lovers
say that every moment in their Beloved’s arms
was grace?

Existence is my arms,
though I well understand how one can turn
away from

until the heart has

~St. John of the Cross; From: Love Poems from God: by Daniel Ladinsky.

[Photo: ‘Autumn’s Last Breath’]

The mind and all of its creations come from the @noornalini

“The mind and all of its creations come from the same source. Self-enquiry and Self-surrender are the same. As you proceed in Self-enquiry you automatically surrender (as you become nearer to the Divine Source).The person that surrenders to a mind-created God will have to bear the consequences of his actions and suffer for them. But even the thought of God, however false, will take you to the Supreme Truth of the Self ultimately. The man who has realized, knows that the thought of a separate God is utterly false. But until then one cannot help it.

When you are totally still, you are the Self. When we think, we are forgetting God. Self-enquiry leads back to Him (who is none other than the Self).”

~Sri Ramana Maharshi

[The wonderful drawing is by Jane Adams]

It is the mind that deceives itself at least you @noornalini

“It is the mind that deceives itself. At least you must admit that you exist. Either you accept the Supreme or at least enquire into the true nature of your self.

Who are you? Knowing or not knowing belongs to the mind and therefore all your so called ‘knowledge’ is really ignorance. You identify yourself with the mind and that is the cause of the confusion. Enquire more deeply into the true nature of your individuality (i.e., Who is it that possesses a mind?). In fact, if you perceive that the mind does not exist at all, then it will vanish along with the confusion, and what truly is will stand revealed.

When you look at your reflection in the water and believe it to be an accurate representation of yourself, then you are troubled when the movement of the water disturbs the reflection. But when you realize that this has no reality to it, then your worries cease.

You cannot get rid of your shadow, but you need not believe that it is who you really are.”

~Sri Ramana Maharshi (from 'Death Must Die’)


Attachment remains unaffected even when this body @noornalini

“Attachment remains unaffected even when this body shrivels up or gets destroyed, the trick is to cast off this attachment once and for all.”

~ Swami Tapovan Maharaj

The self is one ever still the self is swifter @noornalini
The Self is one. Ever still, the Self is swifter than thought, swifter than the senses. Though motionless, he outruns all pursuit. Without the Self, never could life exist.

The Self seems to move, but is ever still. He seems far away, but is ever near. He is within all, and he transcends all.

Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures know no fear. Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures know no grief. How can the multiplicity of life delude the one who sees its unity?

The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self, indivisible, untouched by sin, wise, immanent and transcendent. He it is who holds the cosmos together.

– Isha Upanishad, 4-8 (translated by Eknath Easwaran)

[Photo: ‘The Universe Within’ by]

Robert ramana what is more important to be in @noornalini

Robert: “Ramana, what is more important: to be in the presence of a Sage or to practice atma-vichara by yourself, Self-Inquiry ?”
I had already known the answer but it seemed the right thing to do was to ask him the question.
And he knew that I knew the answer.
He waited a few seconds and then he said,

Ramana: “The Sage is atma-vichara.
The Sage is the Self, your Self”.
Therefore when one is in the presence of the Sage all of the sadhana is being done at an accelerating rate.
Everything that has to be done is being done.
When one is in the presence of a true Sage.“

So again I asked him,
Robert: "How come so many people have come to you and only certain people feel it.
Some people feel nothing.
Some people go away disappointed.
And some people get all of their dreams fulfilled?”
Again I knew the answer.
So he waited a minute or so and he said,

Ramana: “This depends on the maturity of the seeker.
It depends on the sincerity of the seeker.
As you can see many people come here to visit me.
To make a judgement and then they go look for another teacher.
They go somewhere else.
They travel all through India.
And then they go back to England or to Holland or to the United States and they tell their friends that they have seen 10 Sages.
Yet nothing has happened to them.
But if one is sincere and surrenders totally to the Sage then the Sage, the grace of the Sage will automatically is felt by this individual and this individual makes tremendous progress.
But the person really has to be sincere”.
By sincere he said, “I mean he has to be a DEVOTEE.
To forget about him or herself totally, completely and merge in the Sage”.

I then asked him another question,
Robert:What is the easiest way and most effective way to do atma-vichara, Self-Inquiry?
Again he smiled and waited a few seconds and then he said,

Ramana: “To always be aware consciously in all situations of the ‘I-am’.
No matter what you’re doing where you are be aware of the 'I-AM’ in your heart.
This is the most effective practice”.

~Robert Adams: Steps In Spiritual Life

In your light i learn how to love in your beauty @noornalini

In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
    ~Excerpted from The Essential Rumi. 1995. Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne.

[Photo: ‘In Unison’ by]

One must learn an inner solitude wherever one @noornalini

“One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be.”
― Meister Eckhart

[Photo: ‘Always at Home’ by]

A human being has so many skins inside covering @noornalini

“A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.”

~Meister Eckhart

[Photo: ‘love letters from the rain’ by]

I made pilgrimages looking for god then i gave @noornalini

I made pilgrimages, looking for God.
Then I gave up, turned around,
there God was inside me!

Oh Lalla, why do you keep on
wandering, and begging?

Make just a little effort. Act!
And God will appear in the form
of a love that fills your heart.

~Lalla,  from Naked Song, / Translated by Coleman Barks


Let me remind you again do not try to change @noornalini

“Let me remind you again.
Do not try to change your thoughts, or to change your life style,
or to work on your bad habits, or to try to remove fear, and the rest of it. Rather you lift your vision high, to the highest,

by following the I-thought to its source.
And one day you will discover something interesting.
Your body will appear to melt, to dissolve.
The world, the universe will appear to dissolve.
Your God will appear to dissolve.
Everything you stood up for, everything you have believed in,
all of your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions, will dissolve.
And you will find yourself as omnipresence, all-pervading consciousness. You will discover that you’ve always been the ultimate reality,
ultimate oneness. You are the ‘I’ am. You are free.”
~ Robert Adams

[Photo by Alex Greenshpun]

Since it is through forgetfulness which those @noornalini

“Since it is through forgetfulness, which those who are strong in mind fear like death, that the illusion of birth ensnares us, what other means are there to abolish that birth other than the powerful enquiry into one’s own true nature?”

~Sri Ramana Maharshi, from Padamalai p.186

[Photo by Alex Greenshpun]

To be alive not just the carcass but the spark @noornalini

“To be alive: not just the carcass
But the spark.
That’s crudely put, but…
If we’re not supposed to dance,
Why all this music?”

~Gregory Orr

[Photo: ‘The Last Dance’, Alex Greenshpun]

The leaves are falling falling as if from far up @noornalini

The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.”

And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.

We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It’s in them all.

And yet there is Someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

Rainer Maria Rilke
[Photo: ‘The Road to Autumn’, Alex Greenshpun]
A yellow flower light and spirit sings by @noornalini

A yellow flower
(Light and spirit)
Sings by itself
For nobody.

A golden spirit
(Light and emptiness)
Sings without a word
By itself.

Let no one touch this gentle sun
In whose dark eye
Someone is awake.

(No light, no gold, no name, no color
And no thought:
O, wide awake!)

A golden heaven
Sings by itself
A song to nobody.

~Thomas Merton

[Photo: ‘Golden Spirit’ by Alex Greenshpun]

The island islands of bliss and everlasting youth @noornalini

The Island
Islands of bliss and everlasting youth,
Floating like flowers on an endless sea
And never touched by sorrows from this world:
Such happy islands thou wilt never see.
Behold: what thou hast dreamt of may be real,
It is not elsewhere, it is what thou art
If thou rememb’rest God; then thou wilt find
The golden island in thy deepest heart.
The singing of a flute came from the sea;
The waters vanished, and the flute was me.

— Frithjof Schuon, Road to the Heart (Bloomington, 1995)

[Photo: by Alex Greenshpun]

It is the mind that sees objects and has @noornalini

It is the mind that sees objects and has experiences and that finds a void when it ceases to see and experience, but that is not ‘you’. You are the constant illumination that lights up both the experiences and the void.

- Sri Ramana Maharshi

[Photo: Symphony of Light by Alex Greenshpun]

Letting go photo by wwwalexgreenshpuncom @noornalini

‘Letting Go’ (photo by

let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to

let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go

so comes love

— e.e. cummings

Searching for the self outside oneself oblivious @noornalini

Searching for the Self outside oneself, oblivious of its constantly shining as ‘I-I’ within the Heart, is like throwing away an invaluable celestial gem for a sparkling pebble.

- Sri Ramana Maharshi

[photo: 'Form is Emptiness’ by Alex Greesnhpun]

Guide this little boat over the waters what can i @noornalini

Guide this little boat
over the waters,
what can I give you for fare?
Our mutable world holds nothing but grief,
bear me away from it.
Eight bonds of karma
have gripped me—
the whole of creation
swirls through eight million wombs,
through eight million birth-forms we flicker.
Mira cries: Dark One—
take this little boat to the far shore,
put an end to coming
and going.
Mirabai, For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai translated by Andrew Schelling (Boston, 1993)

[Photo by Alex Greenshpun]

Minorwhite photography truth metaphor @noornalini

“To get from the tangible to the intangible (which mature artists in any medium claim as part of their task) a paradox of some kind has frequently been helpful. For the photographer to free himself of the tyranny of the visual facts upon which he is utterly dependent, a paradox is the only possible tool. And the talisman paradox for unique photography is to work "the mirror with a memory” as if it were a mirage, and the camera is a metamorphosing machine, and the photograph as if it were a metaphor…. Once freed of the tyranny of surfaces and textures, substance and form [the photographer] can use the same to pursue poetic truth

~Minor White, Newhall, The History of Photography. 281

(Photo: Skillfully Curled by Alex Greenshpun)

Photographyweek featured one of my photos about a @noornalini

photographyweek featured one of my photos about a week ago - on their tumblr blog as well as the iPad magazine :)

Waiting by Alex Greenshpun

“I took this while waiting for a train. It was early in the morning on a very foggy day. I found the atmosphere and slow moments around me fascinating, and luckily had my camera with me to capture them.”

Visit Alex’s website and Facebook page

Image copyright Alex Greenshpun and used with permission.

To live in this world you must be able to do @noornalini

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

~Mary Oliver, “In Blackwater Woods”

(Photo: ‘Sunstruck’ by Alex Greenshpun)

A different kind of newborn photography this @noornalini

A different kind of newborn photography…
This little miracle is what has been keeping me so busy this past week and a half. We found her and her baby sister, only a few days old, in a cardboard box. They had been deserted at a parking lot. Sadly, the sister didn’t make it, but this one is a warrior. She’s only a few days old in this picture, hasn’t opened her eyes yet- can’t hear or see and needs as much attention and care as a newborn human baby. They are completely dependent on their mother at that age, and so I have to play that role for now.

[ For many more works: Alex Greenshpun Photography ]

Scattering stars like dust by alex greenshpun @noornalini

(‘Scattering Stars Like Dust’ by Alex Greenshpun)

“we came whirling out of nothingness
scattering stars like dust;

the stars made a circle
and in the middle we dance”


While there is perhaps a province in which the @noornalini

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”
― Dorothea Lange

(Photo: ‘Undercover’ by Alex Greenshpun)

Happiness is a big muddy tennis ball denvers @noornalini

‘Happiness is a big, muddy tennis ball’- Denver’s got it all figured out ;)

Photos by Alex Greenshpun; More works:

A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own @noornalini

“A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them …

A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing…”
― Mary Oliver

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Silence is a looking birdthe turn ingedgeof @noornalini





(inquiry before snow

~E.E. Cummings

(Photo: ‘Winds of Summer’ by Alex Greenshpun)

Hafiz take to the sky alex greenshpun @noornalini

“We have not come into this exquisite world

To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.”

~ Hafiz, from ‘We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners’, 'The Gift’, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

(Photo: 'Take to the Sky’ by Alex Greenshpun)

By mahesh balasubramanian @noornalini


Amazing series of photos taken by the very talented  Mahesh Balasubramanian. Please visit his facebook page and website for many more excellent works.

These were taken during the Mahashivratri festival in India, a few days ago.

According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri is Lord Shiva’s favourite day. Devotees on this day remain on fast or perform hour long spiritual meditation by following rituals to commemorate Mahashivratri and be blessed with grace. In the early morning, they visit temples to offer cold water, milk and bael leaves on the Lingam, a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva, after properly cleaning it. Many sadhus on Maha Shivratri visit shrines and offer marijuana to worshipers to spread the significance of the festival. Wearing a garland made from rudraksha and applying turmeric vermilion or holy ash on forehead symbolizes a holy ritual on this religious festival. Holy mantras are also recited and special puja ceremonies are held throughout the night to celebrate Shivratri.
Numerous interesting and intriguing mythological stories are believed pertaining to the celebration to Mahashivratri. In a version, devotees believe that Shivratri is auspicious because it marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. However, many believe that Mahashivratri signifies the auspicious night when Lord Shiva performed the dance ‘Tandava’ that led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe.“


All which isnt singing is mere talking and all @noornalini

all which isn’t singing is mere talking
and all talking’s talking to oneself
(whether that oneself be sought or seeking
master or disciple sheep or wolf)

gush to it as deity or devil
—toss in sobs and reasons threats and smiles
name it cruel fair or blessed evil—
it is you(ne i)nobody else

drive dumb mankind dizzy with haranguing
—you are deafened every mother’s son—
all is merely talk which isn’t singing
and all talking’s to oneself alone

but the very song of(as mountains
feel and lovers)singing is silence

~e.e. Cummings

(Photo by Alex Greenshpun)

Daughter of the wind by alex greenshpun these @noornalini

‘Daughter of the Wind’ by Alex Greenshpun

“These flowers are like the pleasures of the world.” ~W. Shakespeare

I am not telling you to grapple with the @noornalini

I am not telling you to grapple with the thoughts. There will be no end if you do it that way. Here lies the secret: there is the ‘I’, the source of all thoughts, and we have to catch it and see from where it arises. This is absolutely necessary. As a dog traces his master by following the track of his smell, you have to follow the inner development of the ‘I’ to reach its source, which is the [true] soul.”

~Sri Ramana Maharshi

(Photo by Alex Greenshpun)