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From the Heart to the Heart... - Who (be quiet) Are You? (@noornalini)
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)