Our hire car driver keeps getting lost…..! Is the Pope Cathalic…? the question that keeps coming up on this Sojourn is ” Why Am I here ? ” why am I here in this lovely dusty car manic part of Nth India ? Sojourning presently in Kinnaur district. Why…? Is it for the fantastic photography, Temples, Monasteries, high Mountain roads with the mad bus/truck/car drivers all attempting to get to their destinations before dark or another landslide …? Why…? A Folley more then What..?
Our drive up from Chandigarh took bloody hours longer then we were told…and the traffic around the hillstation of Shimla was insane….yes the Indian population has grown in more ways then one since I was up this way about 15 years back….there are lots more of them, they have lots more money to spend and most of those who have cars want to travel …” Just like us “….and they are doing it…thus prices have gone up the roads are much more congested…and to boot it’s school holiday time….AAAAAArrrrr….. not a great time to travel up here. but hey, the bloody scenary is just wonderful the monasteries. temples. hotels. not forgetting my wonderful travelling companions….who I feel I am bonding with just beautifully after a short lull in our relationship….All good.
We head for Nako early morning after looking at the beautiful monastery and temples here in Kalpa……talk about packing it in….
A few Photos, enjoy Mjw 16/6/17.
Well here again, feels different now that Nek Chand is in Rocky heaven. bless his soul. the Garden itself around the main office area is fantastic. great job Anuj. the office itself has been cleaned up dramatically…..actually very tidy….very un-Nek Chand. who. felt very comfortable with all his ” stuff ” surrounding him. I know how he felt….I Enjoy my stuff around me at home.
So I am here for three things….or perhaps more…? No1 To attend the annual Nek Chand celebration covering a big cultural program…….. and a Seminar. at which I presented a paper titled ” Why am I here ? ” it went down very well……I think..?…no I am not typing it out for this Blog….. No 2 to attend the opening of the long awaited Dolls House Museumin the RG. No 3 to show my solo exhiubition ….( as part of the celebrations) titled ” A Celestial Sojourn to Nth India—Wandjina Dreaming ” The Seminar was a blast, the Dolls house and my exhibition I missed due to strange weather….It’s India. dissapointment is but the shedding of aspects of one’ silly little ego. I am feeling a little bare…
Met lots of very wonderful people ate lots and lots of yummy Indian food…..Loved taking about 1000 photos in the Dolls museum and other pards of the RG…travelling with great people. and we leave tomorrow for the North…The Gompa trail…..yipeeeeee.
A few photos enjoy. Mjw 14/6/17.
Sunday 16/4/2017. I put together a wonderful collection of Photos that I have taken over the last few years of Sojourning France, Spain & Portugal. of what i see as images of ” Light “. that is the face of Christ. God-Man, A Photo installation of 90 wonderful Divine Doorways. A real Joy to assemble out of a collection of well over 500 images. very hard to choose. in the end I chose a line of Christ’s growth from infancy to his death on the cross. then to the resurection. Wow, though this was thought about for many years…the shock. the overwhelming Awe of seeing these images filling the walls of the church in Roseville. was a little overwhelming even for me. I kept asking myself….who am I to show these sacred images here…? A strange feeling..? very hard to describe. lots to ponder upon here…Real Cosmic ” stuff “.
The exhibition was held at the venue the New Church in Roseville Sydney. on Sunday 16/4/2017. the images were up on display for one day only. My friend John Bayot gave a wonderful 2hr discourse on this process The Face of Christ. just as astonishing as the 90 images. again lots of deep Pondering to do here.
The Mystic Swedenborg wrote that the face of the Lord signified the Divine Principle itself in its essence, which is Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom, consequently himself, ” Revelation i. 6.”
Faces to me, represent doorways to new fresh spiritual states of being. Greater life and pathways to the soul of the person or image one is looking at or into.
Mjw. April 2017. A few Photos of the process to enjoy.
A two day Sojourn down to Canberra last week by car. Goulbourn, Rosie’s Cafe is the place for a stop. great Coffee and Burger. not forgetting some interesting sculptures. Canberra, stayed two nights at a good friends place. Fantastic vege- dinner, great bottle of red. great to catch up and share stories of travel adventures etc etc. sleep came easy,
A mad charg around Canberra, first up I visited the National Library to get a copy of a little booklet that the Lachland Vintage Village. just outside Forbs produced to advertise this mok-up Old Australia village. this happened back in the mid 1970s. I was part of the original advertising stuff and yes appeared in the booklet as the infomous bushranger Ben Hall….yep, I started early. the agency that hired us for a week of onset- shoots, in the end did not pay us….bloody crooks. but lots of fun and good for the CV….Part of my 15 minutes. Sad to say this Old town venture only lasted a couple of years then went belly up. after copying the booklet we ventured up to the National Gallery. the walk there was lined with very beautiful public sculptures both modern and some lovely aboriginal pieces that I had not seen before on my various Sojourns to our Capital. I just love the National Gallery. we went straight to the sculpture garden. I never tire of taking lots of Photo’s here. A world of its own. a real Place of just opening yourself to this rich state of Art. and Enjoying it. then inside the gallery. here i encountered a visual feast of Golden Oldies and Eastern Delights…this place never lets me down. ( I am not going to give indepth details here, go see and enjoy for yourself ).
After the gallery we rushed of in Canberra’s Peak hour traffic…..yes we got lost, my Bad driving and our IPhone guidance system had a little melt-down…MMMMmmm…! but we eventually got to our destination the Hotel-Hotel. very swish….I Like. we met Pete there to go and see his son Nelson’s graduation.he did a Ba in Media. and yes you guessed. it was in Parliament house. The ceremony was quick, to the Point. uplifting and in reality a Big thanks and goodby from the University that gave them the chance to be qualified at something more then a labourer…though I wonder where all these bright young graduates will be working in the years ahead….hoping they will be in places they love. lots of great cheer, Photos then off to a Italian restaurant close to the Hotel Hotel….very expensive I thought for what we got, service 1 out of 10. rudeness 10 out of 10. then back to the Hotel -Hotel. I enjoyed a very nice Art book in their library…very trendy place….I Like. the book was by Esthen Tielemans . titled New Scenes. it was about an art exhibition in the Museum Van Bommel Van Dan Venlo…I think ..Holland or Germany…the book-catalogue was on the Sculptural Art that I would love to do…very geometrical, flat 2-3d, mono colours and big and bold. this sort of sculpture I would love to do. but where to make it…?…where to show it here in OZ Land…?…then what to do with it if it does not sell…?…Life as it is, as I read this lovely book…half in German—half in English…the overwhelming state engulfted me……I just wanner go right now to Berlin Germany and set my self up as an Outsider sculpture putting this type of lovely work together for say 3 months.just a total ” Art-OUT “…..then Reality came…we need to drive back to our home-stay in the dark with a broken IPhone guiding us.Fuc……We made it.
Last day, I managed to get a nice bundle of Cacti-suclent cuttings out of the lovely rambling garden surrounding our house. hope they survive and take in their new location in Balmain..? after a late breakfast we went to the National Arboretum, some 20 minutes drive away. Wow its Big and New..all the plants, gardens landscapings are very recent. but wow its gonna look Great in a few years. the only maturity in the place was the very lovely National Bonsai and Penjing collection….very yummy. in its own little wall enclosed space..took lots of lovely tree photos here, next was the Labyrinth garden..I just love Labyrinth’s, the Sojourn from self to Self…..this sacred space is based on the medival pattern inspired by Notre-Dame Chartres Cathedral’s Labyrinth in Chartres in France…very nice. lucky me I also had the pleasure a couple of years back on a visit to France to walk this original 8th century one in Chartres. Wow. Lots of Photo’s here in this place….a little on the weird but sacred side. this place is….worth a visit, I will return.
Then a long non stop 3 & half drive back to Sydney town…arrived in Pennant Hills 8-30pm totally RS. enjoy a few Photos.
Note: This post is from a talk on esoteric Christianity I gave at the People’s Church for Divine Prophesy in Daytona Beach, Florida Thanks Ashkhen and thanks you all for coming to listen to me this morning. I am going to talk about Esoteric Christianity and Beelzebub’s Tales. I will open my talk with this […]
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Breath, Symbols & States of Compassion, A full on weekend, just did my first formal training in Calm Abiding Meditation at the Dolma Buddhist centre. Eastwood., Sydney. with Lama Choedak. for many years I have wondered if there was a meditation that I could learn that would not send me to sleep, physically or spiritually..? after last weekend at the Dolma Buddhist centre I have found what I have wondered about for ages. Calm Abiding meditation is the one that I can incorporate into some of my other practices to enhance the Path ahead for work upon the self.
Quote The Benefits of Calm- Abiding Meditation. The aim of meditation is to understand the nature of one’s mind, in order to realise the truth. Ultimate truth cannot be seen by the gross mind, always under the control of defilements. The mind must be placed in its natural state. Calm-abiding meditation processes the extreme problems of the mind, placing it in meditative equipoise, Like an ocean without waves. Free of obscurations, the mind can perceive a special phenomenon, known as insight. Without calm-abiding meditation, we cannot gain insight. Quoted from Lama Choedaks booklet “Shamata Meditation” p40.
So an enjoyable two days of being in the presence of a great teacher of Buddhism. not forgetting a master of meditation. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to have many beneficial health benefits. those who practice the healing arts should look at this Buddhist Path for greater insights and healing benefits to use in their practice. I certainly feel a change after only 2 days of attempting the process. the states of Loving kindness, deep Compassion, the arousal of new, more benificial states come forth as one walks this Path. and you don’t even need to be a Buddhist to enjoy the benifets, you just need to share them via your Life’s use. We even learnt walking meditation, just like self sensing, you can do it anywhere….as long as you are walking.
A few Photos, creating a little colour “Compassion” to feed upon. Enjoy.
At last I visited the Old Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby, Sydney. various arty and non arty friends have for years been telling me that I “Must” visit this place. for its visual be…
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