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“When asked “Why end suffering?” the obvious answer is that one wishes to end suffering because it is the natural innermost urge of one’s being to be free from affliction. However, in aspiring to the extinction of suffering, we should think not only of our own affliction, but also of the pain and sorrow we inflict upon others whilst we have not attained the perfect harmlessness of a passion-free heart and the clear vision of a liberated mind. If we regularly recollect the fact that, on our way through saṃsāric existence, we inevitably add to the suffering of others too, we shall feel an increased urgency in our resolve to start earnestly upon the path leading to our own liberation…Love and compassion towards those who might become the victims of our own imperfections will urge us to fulfill our duty towards them in the only way possible: by fulfilling our duty towards ourselves.

The thoughts outlined above are tersely expressed in a saying of the Buddha that is much too little known:

By protecting oneself, one protects others;
By protecting others, one protects oneself.
(SN 47:19)”

- The City of The Mind and other writings by Ven.Nyanaponika Thera, The Wheel Publication No.205, Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka

(Country: Sri Lanka)

“To those who have made the resolve”

What inspires me is the feeling or emotion we are able to capture and convey either through words, an image, or both.The ‘pictures’ we evoke more than the seen. They would better communicate who, what, or where I am now. It is through them that we are ultimately going to “see’ each other. It is through them that we may connect. I look forward to the connection.

Some of my ‘music’ can be heard at www.myspace.com/kanagesramesh

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  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago

    WONDERFUL WORK…SPLENDID IMAGE …COLORS AND TREATMENT….WORDS..AS ALWAYS …FANTASTICALLY WISE!!!

  • Thank you so much Anna!! As always very grateful for your kind comments on all my work!! Thank you!! :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Wonderful capture nice clarity and detail nice pov nice effect and colour Wonderful heartfelt write up and true..We should reach out to those who suffer there are many ways a kind act can go a far ways but not to boast to do it humbly and with kindness of ones are and compassion..The Bible says that God is passionately concerned about justice and that people should lead moral lives and care enough about the well-being of others not to harm them. It makes it clear that societies have been given the responsibility to discipline unruly members and to treat everybody fairly. Isaiah 58…
    1 John chapter 3
    16 We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters. 17 But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help – how can God’s love be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. 19 It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth.
    Nice write up and awareness to all a fav hugs and blessings to all

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    16 We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters. 17 But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help – how can God’s love be in that person?

    1 John chapter 3 (NLT)

  • Hi Bonita!! When one peels away the accretions that have crept into most religious teachings , one then begins to observe the many similarities there are between each religious teaching. Because ultimately they all point towards seeing and experiencing within oneself the “Oneness” that is inherent in everything when a mind begins to drop all forms of divisions it holds onto, and which separate one from another, by understanding one’s own thought processes. It was this seeing himself in another that made Jesus forgive even those who persecuted him. And I should add we should not just give up our lives for our particular religions brothers and sisters, but follow Jesus’ teaching ." And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:47), or Buddha’s " Even as a mother protects with her life, her child, her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish
    all living beings , .to not confine our compassion to only those whom we consider as our brothers and sisters. This is the danger in labels, it leads to identity, identification and conflict. I am sure you would have seen through this too. Because you are one of those few who lives by " let us really show it by our actions "!! And that’s all that matters finally!! Thank you Bonita!! Appreciate very much your detailed observations and kind reflection on this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    brother and sisters to me it means for all people as we are all brothers and sisters in the lord no matter what race,greed,or colour hugs ..

  • That’s GREAT Bonita!! Let us not be led astray by labels!! :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago


    Congratulations. Such meaningful work

  • Thank you so much Donna!! Appreciate very much your thoughts on this and the honor!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 1 year ago

    Beautifully captured ..Thanks for sharing in the Just for You Group

  • Thank you so much Jean!! Happy to share it!! :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    The act of forgiveness is the biggest commandment given my Christ. On the Cross He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Forgiveness is not for the person who needs it, it’s mainly for the one who is expected to do the forgiving. Not to forgive is an act of self righteousness and pride that will lead to sickness in one own’s life. This has been proven in the medical and scientific fields. We are the biggest losers if we can’t forgive. We will be the ones to suffer the most due to unforgiveness. Neat capture and interesting information!

  • “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,” ~Matthew 6:14. There is something similar in Buddhism “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” So it certainly does pay to forgive. :)) Thank you so much Viv!! As always appreciate very much your thoughts on my work!! Glad you found the information interesting too!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clarkover 1 year ago

    I’m someone who has thought long and hard about killing myself. I know at my core, like someone has whispered into my ear, “Its wrong”. We are here to learn, to teach and to live until those who have gone before us are ready for us to come home. I believe that those who kill themselves must come back and live the same life over again until they do it right. This life has been painful enough that I don’t want to do it again. Great Photo!!!

  • I am glad you decided otherwise Carolyn. If not we will be missing your tremendous Art!! Art can be a wonderful form of therapy. Though I have not “really” experienced suffering myself, I have, since childhood, seen suffering around me. And moved by it to understand “Why there is suffering?”. And “Why some suffer more?” All my art, even the humorous ones, are a result of this search. Trying to find meaning and understand life. And bring relief , and a bit of humor too, to another. "We are here to learn, to teach,,, shows that you have found wisdom and purpose!! Ultimately, this what suffering teaches, when one begins to transcend it. A compassion towards those who are suffering. I wish you happiness and send you peace!! Appreciate very much your trust and thoughts on this Carolyn!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Yes, when we forgive others, it is like throwing burning coals on their head, which is a guilty conscience. That is the only way one can examine where their own heart is.

  • To forgive and move away would be more like it. . Though aware of it, there aren’t many who would still want to change. :)) Thank you so much Viv!! Appreciate your thoughts very much!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    nice picture

  • Thank you Manon!! Appreciate the honor very much!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Very beautiful and compassionate writing and image…love the path of golden light…Wonderful work, Ramesh!!

  • Now, when I look at it, it certainly is a golden path, that brings golden thoughts!! :)) Thank you Gena!! Appreciate very much your thoughts and interpretation of this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

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