“ॐ (AUM ) and its significance. by Shri Vinod Goel
We nature lovers always tries to find out something different from our surroundings whether it is fauna , flora or the sky. Of course during the rainy season when most of the wildlife parks and the sanctuaries are closed except for the Southern India we look to the clouds which gives us chance to imaging as lot of patterns are formed among the clouds and it depends upon the viewer what he has in mind and what he is looking for.
In the morning hours I always try to look towards the sky before the sun rises and even afterwards and one may be lucky to observe a lovely pattern which one relate to a known thing. Recently a viewer happens to see a Shivalinga in the sky. Another viewer observed lord Budhha in the clouds. I too is in search of something unique for a long time .
It was on 15th of July 2017 when I appear to have seen the formation of AUM in the sky. But really not satisfied. Again search .It was a better representation of AUM which I was looking for on 27th of July 2017.
What is so special about AUM ?
It is considered as most sacred and powerful utterances across all Dharmic traditions of India whether it is Hinduism, Buddhism ,Jainism or even Shikhism as Omkar.
In Sanatan Dharma AUM is the most powerful and spiritual symbol. It is often found at the beginning and end of many mantras.
Adi Shankracharya in his review states that Aum is a symbolization of Atman .
As per Shiva Puran –Shiva is declared to be Aum and Aum is Shiva .
It encompasses all words and all kinds of sounds of the universe.
It represents all the three fold divisions of time ie PAST ,PRESENT and the FUTURE.
The AUM mantra when chanted sequentially activates the stomach ,spinal chord ,throat ,nasal zone and the brain. The energy moves from the abdomen all the way up to brain thereby channelizing energy and activating the super consciousness of our being.
It has a very clear and physiological affect on the body.
Lord Ganesha is identified with AUM or OM . Ganapathi Atharvashirsa refer to this association. Even one can see similarities between the shape of Ganesha body in the iconography and shape of AUM in the Devanagri and Tamil script.
Let us enjoy the beauty of the AUM through the images from the nature .”
About the Author
A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.
During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.
Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.
You can also visit his page on facebook
Meet the Real people from the world of Photography this week we are featuring Sachin Arora
We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .
The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.
Sachin Arora | DPC Member and Photographer Enthusiast | Managing Director Macizo Technologies
1. How you started your photography
Well, It all started 5 years back. Being a software engineer by profession, I was fed up of the monotony of life. So to balance the work life, I chose traveling. I love to travel and explore different places & culture. Initially photography became my reason to travel. As I started exploring the different aspects and techniques of photography, Interest of learning the details of it raised and working on it since then. People choose different ways to express the artist in them, I chose photography.
2. What is the role of new technology and medium in photography.
Technology started a drastic change in the field of photography, and I am in favour of changes. The biggest role of technology and medium is that it gave everybody a chance to try themselves. Photography, which used to be a very expensive hobby, but not anymore. Now a days, because of the technology, photography has became very convenient and affordable. It doesn’t mean everybody is a photographer, but definitely, everybody gets a chance to try out the hidden photographer in them. Also, the ease of reaching out to the audience is very easy. Though important thing to understand here is, with such ease of getting started, comes the big responsibility. So share responsibly which makes sense, it is very easy to blend in the crowd. So one need to figure out its own style of photography to stand out of the crowd.
3. Anything specific that you want to share with people.
It is very important to adapt to the changes and keep learning new things. The best way to learn photography is with consistent touch of mentors and seniors. Try to be in a group of like minded people and share your ideas and experiences.Joining a photography community or club is helpful. If there isn’t any in your area, start one. Try to figure out your own photography style up to that extent that people recognise you with your photograph, not with the credits below it. And believe me, developing a photography style takes years of time. Patience is the key.
4. What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedules
Very often, a photography idea comes into my mind, to click something specific. That happens randomly, and whenever that happens, I keep a note of it. I keep chasing until I make that photograph which I have plotted in my mind. That is the biggest motivation I have. Thus said, Art is a self motivated activity. Apart from travel photography, I am interested in indoor experimental photography, so that makes life bit easier.
Additionally, Delhi Photography Club, which creates the opportunity to meet like minded people. Such circle pushes you to get together and click regularly, getting feedbacks, sharing your work. A continuity is really necessary, whether you are proceeding slow or fast, all what matters is that you are proceeding.This is the external motivation factor which keeps me going.
About Sachin Arora :
Sachin Arora was born and raised in a small town in Punjab. Shifted to Delhi 8 years back and working as a software engineer since then. He is founder of a medium scale software company, Macizo Technologies Pvt. Ltd. He chose the way of photography to mix technology with the art 5 years back and working since then on it. He loves to travel , explore different cultures & communities and write blogs on his experiences. In photography, he is mainly interested in technical aspects of photography. Photography for him is is something which keeps his mind & body balanced.
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DPC PhotoBus to Haunted Bhangarh and Alwar 26th and 27th August
Launching a Brand New Travel destination for the month of August 2017
The Day trip is basically a Idea to rejuvenate your photography and yourself with 2D1N long trip which is full of information , Photography and gossips .
The Trip will give an opportunity to click places which are in close proximity to Delhi but they are worth Visiting .
Next in series is Bhangarh and Alwar 26th and 27th August 2017
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Bhangarh fort is located in the ruined city of the same name, somewhere between Jaipur and Alwar, in Rajasthan. The place is so haunted by paranormal activities that even the Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board that restricts people from visiting the fort area before sunrise and after sunset. Legend has it that a tantric named Singhiya fell in love with a princess from the fort. He tried to use black magic to get her to fall in love with him, but it backfired and he died. Just before his death, he cursed the fort saying all who lived within it would die.
Today, villagers who live in the area continue to build roofless dwellings because everytime they do build a roof, it inexplicably collapses. People have also mysteriously gone missing after-hours inside the fort. It’s an hour and a half by road from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Alwar road.
Located in Rajasthan , Alwar’s history dates back to 1500 BC. Located around 160 km south of Delhi , the capital of Rajasthan. A Rajput state for a long time, Alwar eventually fell to the Delhi Sultans in the 12th and 13th centuries. In 1771 AD Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kachwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won Alwar back and founded a state of his own.
Known earlier as Mewat, Alwar gained reputation as a remarkable seat of art and culture under the patronage of Maharaja Pratap Singh. In the 18th century, Pratap Singh evicted the rulers of Jaipur to the south and the Jats of Bharatpur to the east, and successfully resisted the invasion of Marathas. It was one of the first Rajput states to ally itself with the British Empire. Like all the princely states, this stronghold of the Rajputs also came under British rule and remained so until India gained independence.
Places we will be visiting Siliser lake, mooch Maharani Ki Chatri and Bala Quila
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Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.
Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen AND umbrella!
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