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Himalayas through Soulful Frames- Shwetha Krish
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Anastasia

Anastasia is a series of books written by Vladmir Megre translated to English by John Woodsworth….

The first book turned out to be overwhelming. It is a story of an entrepreneur who time and again encounters a lady (a recluse) whom he is unaware of initially, who happens to live in the Siberian taiga (forests). They engage in a conversation and much more only for Anastasia to un-cloud the ignorance of the so called modern man and his technocratic world. It touches on the very aspect of civilizations, connections between man and nature and the purpose of man’s life on this Earth.

It talks about LOVE in the purest form, nature’s connections, bringing life and nurturing it the right way and of course being content.

It is a balm to the ones who have been aching to seek answers to the meaning of life. I for one was intrigued at the depth of the narration and ideologies put across in the book. I had been pondering on these points time and again and this book had me floored and enlightened if I can say!

Well I have read just the first book in the Anastasia series and I am very impatient to jump on to the next. Again, as described earlier in this post, I have mentioned it is a story; real or unreal- It is left for you to decide.

PS: This book may not be in sync with the realists, practical minded folks. Well you may try reading it but I would suggest you read on when the time is right, if you know what I mean. For all those who are seeking for answers to the so called world, man’s purpose, of why this routine random life and people who believe in this miracle called LIFE then this is a must read! I am not sure if it will give you the answers but read nevertheless….

Throwback Thursday! Abode of Stalwarts!

Books…. my eternal love!

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You are in for confusion when you are in the presence of books. That is how I see it. Just as I walked to the Community Library Center today, my heart started racing. My eyes looked about the book shelves with admiration and love. I was certainly in a limbo with John Grisham and Agatha Christie calling me to break my head over a crime and delve in the intricacies of the crime played out; Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts cooing on to be a part of the romantic odyssey; Ayn Rand always calling on to my heart, to admire the objectivity of life; whole section of Classics wooing me to jump aboard the adventure ship of sheer loyalty, pure love and brilliance; then there is Ruskin Bond who entraps me for a moment in the ecstasy of the mountains; R K Narayan and Rabindranath Tagore calling to tell me…

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Fathom Beauty?

“Why should you think that beauty, which is most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”

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I was spellbound by the above lines. It is from the classic “The Moon and the Sixpence” by Somerset Maugham. The lines are so true, a thing of beauty to be expressed by someone and to be understood by another is entirely subjective and may still not be understood. But if one does delve in the journey of someone and understand from their perspective and still think “it” to be beautiful…. well wouldn’t we fathom beauty in the same utter sense!

Endless multiple journeys

I have always been a voracious reader and if I had to be alone at home or wait for someone or something , all I would want is a book; I wouldn’t bother as to why I am here all alone or even remember if I had some work to do.

I have adored books since I was a kid, be it the texture of the paper, the words which dance playfully along with you, the smell of paper, ink which puts you in a different place altogether and the feeling that you are in a world-living multiple lives, living a dream, being a part of so many vivid stories and yet not moving an inch from your place. Hail Imagination!

The power of the word is truly enthralling….. It makes one jump with excitement or quiver with fear or stride along like a gallant warrior or wince at the appalling situation or cry when everything seems lost or love like there is no end to the moment or travel with an eye for adventure to the remote corners of the world or live a free-spirited life much to the annoyance of the society!

It always feel like I have been on many journeys across eras and learned from all of them the beauty of life.

I somehow feel we are what we read and imbibe and that gets played out in our characters with all the right intentions!

I am sure one is never tired of such endless journeys!

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Right Intentions

“I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Well that’s one awe inspiring ideology but I do believe that with the right intentions and with the right frame of mind one can achieve anything and it is possible.

I have come to believe that over the years I have got what I wished for in the truest sense and yes I worked towards it and it is splendid that life presents you those things but as long as it is done with all your heart and mind. I do believe that is the secret of life.

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INVICTUS

This a wonderful poem by William Ernest Henley. I came across this poem in the movie Invictus.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

That is one inspiring poem.

The SeCrEt of LiFe

The Secret of life has long been suppressed through ages. Great personalities have just passed it on among themselves but never shared it with the world . Einstein , Newton ,Edison , Hugo , Emerson ,Beethoven , Lincoln the list goes on .

The Secret is the LAW OF ATTRACTION . The law that binds the world .
The law that rules our lives -NO -> We are the creators of that attraction . Do you want to know how?????????

When you hold thoughts in your mind , you are certainly attracting that thought which will eventually become the reality.Whatever is going on your mind , is attracting to you.We are the magnets of attraction.Hold on to the thoughts of what you want , make it clear in your mind,it then invokes the greatest law-The Law of Attraction.You become what you think about most ,more than that you attract what you think about most. Thoughts become things. Every thought has a frequency.Thoughts are sending the magnetic signals that is drawing the parallel back to you.It works everytime.Some people think about what they don’t want and it shows up again and again. Law of attraction just responds to your thoughts be it negative or positive.

When you are looking at a thing you want ( say a car , bike ) , you are saying Yes to it you are actually activating that thought and law of attraction is responding to that and bringing it to you , the same way when you feel that you don’t want a thing , you are saying No to it ,law of attraction responds to it and is giving it to you .Law of attraction is always working whether you understand it or not and believe it or not .When you think something is bad , you are actually creating your thought to be bad .Through your thoughts emotions are created.Emotions are the best way to know whether you are off-track or on-track.They give the FEEDBACK. The better you feel , the more you are in alignment with the thing that pleases you.

A very good example is when you get up in the morning and feel its going to be a good day – everything goes on well and smoothly but when you feel its not going to be good ( for us indians getting on the wrong side of the bed) we feel that the day is not going to be good and at the end of the day we would have had a bad day.

When you are having bad feelings , bad thoughts think of something beautiful , listen to a song , sing a song for yourself.And they just vanish.

There are three steps for the LAW OF ATTRACTION

1. Ask
2. Answer
3. Receive

When you want something think of it visualize it , universe will make it happen to you , you don’t need to know how universe will arrange itself and when the universe answers-bring yourself in alignment with what you want through the feeling of passion ,gratitude,happiness.
As Paulo Coelho puts “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Some Powerful processes that you should know
Gratitude- Be happy with what you have , think what you can achieve with that little something which is indeed special .
Visualization- Imagine what you want in life , visualize yourself as a person you are going to be in the future ,leading life happily and with full content.

Always think about happier thoughts. Thoughts and emotions are continuously reassembling ,recreating our body . Any stress , illness can be cured if you have your thoughts in the positive outlook that you will be fine , happy .

“Follow ur bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

Well my friends you may think this absolute %$*@ but it is TRUE.
I actually got this information from a documentary named SECRET that i watched. It made me think if it was possible. I just traced back to my past years- I wanted some things in life , to do certain things in life and today – I HAVE IT ALL , COMPLETED WHAT I WANTED TO DO BECAUSE THOSE THINGS WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND and lo behold I have done all that .It surprised me , it is very intriguing my friends but its true .I have personally felt it. I know its all there around me , the thoughts , the feelings the attractions.

You still may not believe it but think for a moment about your past goals ,aims ,objectives and you will certainly have atleast one/ two / many goals you have achieved whether you are aware of them or not , you certainly would have .

Its all thanks to this documentary – THE SECRET
Do watch it , if you come across it.
Here is the link related to it -www.thesecret.tv

Wild or Life

Ever thought about running away from home .
Ever thought about going far away where no one can reach you .
Ever thought about leading a life for yourself .
Ever thought about finding the truth about life .

Well i do think about this every now and then . Especially questioning , why should we lead our lives by some rules of LIFE ( SOCEITY is the appropriate word ). Education , degree ,career ,family ,success , death . Is this what life is all about? Guess I am on the lines of my very first post The Awakening .

I won’t bore you readers with my intriguing philosophy , I will just narrate a story.

I shall name the protagonist as ‘Supertramp’ .
Supertramp was a strongwilled person , a great athlete , a leader in his college days .
He came from an upper middleclass family , his father worked for NASA , his mother worked for Hughes aircraft and he had a younger sister.

His academic success and his background made him show contempt for the soceity , the materialistic world. This urges him to abandon this materialistic ,conventional world .
He sets out into the wild with courage ,idealism , willpower ,spirit to know the truth about life. He destroys his credit cards ,money(burns them) and donates his savings to charity .
He doesn’t tell his family about where he is going .

He starts his journey to reach alaska where he feels true knowledge will be found . He gets caught in a flash flood , he abandons his car .He comes across a hippie couple who are friendly and he spends little time with them . He then journeys ahead and starts working in a farm to make a living and learns about farming and he moves on after the farmer gets arrested . He forays into the colarado river illegaly and gets to mexico . Later on travels back to LA in a goods train . He feels an urge to call home but he withdraws the idea . He meets up with an old leather worker who wants to adopt him but supertramp moves on .

After two years of abandoning his conventional life , he reaches alaska and comes across a dirty neglected school bus and makes it his home and names it the ‘ Magic Bus’ .
He starts hunting rabbits , other animals and feeds on them . He is spellbound by the beauty , the silence ,the nature . He keeps a diary for filling his thoughts , reads books about the wild , the flora and fauna . By and by his supplies run out and he decides to cross the stream but the current of the stream bars the way . So he returns and tries to live on some plants and berries but he makes a costly mistake and consumes a poisoned wild pea instead of a wild potato and thus he dies of starvation .

This is not just a story but a ‘Real- life Story’ of Christopher Johnson McCandless , a man who believed in himself to reach the truth of life . He eventually writes in his journal ‘Happiness is real when shared’

I salute this man for his courage ,endurance ,patience , idealism and many things more .
And he was merely 24 years when he died .
And he called himself Alexander Supertramp.

Here are some quotes of Christopher McCandless from his diary .

Christopher McCandless: Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.

Christopher McCandless: I’m supertramp.
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Christopher McCandless: and you’re super apple!

Christopher McCandless: The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.

Christopher McCandless: Conscious attention to the basics of life, and a constant attention to your immediate environment and its concerns, example- A job, a task, a book; anything requiring efficient concentration (Circumstance has no value. It is how one relates to a situation that has value. All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you).

Christopher McCandless: I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.

Christopher McCandless: Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.

Christopher McCandless: If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

Christopher McCandless: What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now?

I just love this quote …………………


“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Courtesy : Into the Wild movie directed by Sean Penn(must watch if you liked the story)
Googled the quotes.

PS : Thanks to a friend of mine who suggested this movie to me . Thank you and here is a review(sort of) of the movie you asked.

Objectivism

I have always had queries on the life that we lead , it seemed to me weird , shallow , surprising . Fortunately , i came upon this book “The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand”.It really helped me to see life in a different perspective which seemed very mystique to me.

I would like to share some excerpts from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.Hope you enjoy it.

To quote Ayn Rand-“My philosophy,in essence,is the concept of man as a heroic being ,with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life,with productive achievement as his noblest activity , and reason as his only absolute.”

Here are some excerpts-which is by the character Howard Roark who speaks for his testimony.

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.Their goals differed ,but they all had this in common:that the step was first,the road new,the vision unborrowed ,and the response they received -hatred.”

“His vision ,his strength,his courage came from his own spirit . A man’ spirit, however is his self.That entity which is his consciousness. To think,to feel,to judge,to act are functions of the ego.”

“The creator’s concern is the conquest of nature.The parasite’s concern is the conquest of men.The creator lives for his work.He need no other men .His primary goal is within himself.The parasite lives second-hand .He needs others .Others become his prime motive.”

“The basic need of the creator is independence.The reasoning mind cannot work under ant form of compulsion.It cannot be curbed,sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever.”

“The basic need of the second-hander is to secure his ties with men in order to be fed.He places relations first.He declares that man exists in order to serve others.He preaches altruism.”

“Altruism is the doctrine which demands that man live for others and place others above self.”

“No man can live for another.He cannot share his spirit just as he cannot share his body.But the second-hander has used altruism as a weapon of exploitation and reversed the base of mankind’ moral principles.”

“Men have been taught that the highest virtue is not to achieve , but to give.Yet one cannot give that which has not been created.”

“Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others.But the creator is the man who disagrees.”

“Men have been taught that the ego is the synonym of evil,and selflessness the ideal of virtue.But the creator is the egotist in the absolute sense,the selfless man is the one who does not think,feel,judge,or act.”

“As poles of good and evil,he has offered two conceptions:egotism and altruism.Egotism was held to mean the sacrifice of others to self.Altruism-the sacrifice of self to others.This tied man irrevocably to other men and left him nothing but a choice of pain:his own pain for the sake of others or pain inflicted upon others for the sake of the self.”

“The choice is not self-sacrifice or domination.The choice is independence or dependence.”

“The egotist in the absolute sense is not the man who sacrifices others. He is the man who stands above the need of using others in any manner.He does not exist for any other man and he asks no other man to exist for him.This is the only form of brotherhood and mutual respect possible between men.”

Well hope you enjoyed!!!!!!!!

Will be back with some more.