Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

I normally don’t keep very close to what the Challenge host has posted as an example of the challenge but today I think I’ll stay on the spiritual theme – especially after our experience in India.  This theme is very appropriate when talking India and the Hindu religion as individual enlightenment and reincarnation are such cornerstones of their faith.  We were lucky enough to spend a few days in Varanasi – where thousands upon thousands of Indians make a pilgrimage each year to visit, bath, and pray by the Ganges River.  This first photo is of a holy man praying while standing in the Ganges.  He was totally immersed in his faith and appeared totally at peace despite the throngs of people around him.

I can only imagine his vision of the future...

I can only imagine his vision of the future…

To give you an idea of the crowds, this is a photo from a boat on the Ganges looking back at the evening Aarti or prayer ceremony.  Again, thousands of people show up every night to join in this ritual.  At the main Ghat on the Ganges there are 9 priests conducting the ceremony in unison.  You can see one of the holy men in this photo in the lower center of the picture waving the smoking urn.

Thousands preparing for their futures

Thousands preparing for their futures

The last photo is of an Indian man at sunrise on the Ganges.  He managed to find a solitary perch above the river to meditate on.  I thought his face was a perfect expression of his faith and his belief in the future(s).





24 responses

  1. Wow! The last photo is my favorite and the caption can’t be more suitable.

    March 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    • TET – thank you! I love the Mark Twain quote on your “about” page – I couldn’t agree more.

      March 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  2. oh my have a wonderful picture.

    March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

  3. Like your interpretation!

    March 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

    • Thank you – I enjoyed looking through your photos – well done!

      March 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  4. Spectacular! And profoundly moving….

    March 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    • Thanks Clanmother! We found our entire trip – and especially Varanasi to be fascinating and moving – I’m glad I could pass some of that on to you!

      March 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      • I could feel the amazing adventure through your photos. You captured the wondrous spirit of a remarkable country.

        March 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      • Clanmother – Thanks for the compliment! It is such an amazing place that it is difficult to do it justice.

        March 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      • I agree – but your photos speak for themselves – wonderful.

        March 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      • ….I blush….thank you.

        March 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

  5. Wow!

    March 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    • Michael – I’m thrilled by that response – Thank You!

      March 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  6. cd1972

    very good!

    March 23, 2013 at 5:11 am

  7. Beautiful, Scott!

    March 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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  10. beautiful photos!

    March 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  11. omchakrasauras

    Incredible photographs. Thank-you for sharing such great photos as they truly capture the amazing Auras, energy, Chakras and Hinduism that is in India. I would love to explore all over India as I find it exceedingly fascinating. I feel such a connection to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Mantras, Chanting, Meditation, Yoga and Kirtan. I wish positivity, tranquility and happiness for you. Sat Nam. Namaste.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:05 am

    • Monica,
      Thank you for your thoughts! My wife was really into the Eastern spiritualism before we went to India – I was much more hesitant. We both found the atmosphere and environment in India to be both very spiritual and inspiring. We had great exposure to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, the Bahia faith, and Islam. We left the country with a far better understanding and warmth for all of those beliefs – It was a wonderful trip. I still have much to share so stay tuned! Namaste.

      April 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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