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“When you see, just see. When you hear, just hear. When you think, just think; and when you know, just know.” ~ The Buddha

The Vision that gets rid of the darkness of a “view”

“…Suppose, from a single tube of red pigment, an artist paints two pictures; one depicts a vase of poppies, the other, a dress stained with blood. We might admire the poppies but dislike the bloody dress (or the other way around). Yet both paintings were created from the same pigment. The image of the poppies did not spring from a tube labeled “Red Lovely”, that of the dress from one stamped “Red Ugly”. Why prefer one picture to the other? Beauty and its opposite don’t reside in material form. They are meanings twisted up after the fact, by the mind.

During a moment of Just Seeing, you wouldn’t think the word “red”, “ scarlet” or “flower” when viewing the poppies, or the word ‘blood” when eying the other picture. There would be no impulse to name the shapes. Nor would there be any interest in the aspect of perception that obsesses us in daily life: the details of the shape, the mundane meaning of the image. Neither the positive connotations of poppies nor the negative associations of blood could affect you while eying the forms (such judgments can’t arise when the mind stays in the immediate present).

- Just Seeing – Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception by Cynthia Thatcher, Buddhist Publication Society (BPS), Kandy, Sri Lanka (2008)

When “Just Seeing” mental agitations cease, and one abides in peace.

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

    THE RED IS A WONDERFUL COLOR..I DON’T THINK TO THE BAD….I THINK THAT IS NOT BEAUTIFUL COMPLICATE THE LIFE WITH TOO PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHTS…
    WONDERFUL EXPRESSION OF SATISFACTION IN RED…

  • Just the contrary Anna!! Speaking personally, of course, experiencing these thoughts within myself , seeing them for real, has given me so much freedom, an expansion, a connection with all that is around. For example, when you begin to experience “Just Seeing”, your mind stops short before labeling someone as a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist etc., on beginning to see the stupidity of it. . You begin to see these labels for the concepts or mental creations they are. And also begin to “see” the many unnecessary concepts we are caught in. Concepts that divide, create prejudice, bias etc. When free of such concepts you begin to feel such a sense of inner calm, and concern towards all, you wish all would experience it. :)) Thank you so much Anna!! As always , appreciate very much your thoughts on my work!! (Just correcting a major grammatical error. :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much Heather!! Appreciate very much the honor!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 1 year ago

    love this…beautiful…

  • Thank you so much Irene!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Just seeing your Buddha as red.
    Just seeing.
    Excellent, once again!!!

  • Just Seeing your Just seeing comment is just wonderful!! One doesn’t “see red” either on Just Seeing. Thank you very much for the comment Gena!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago

    MY DEAR RAMESH, I WOULD HAVE WANTED TO CLARIFY WITH A THOUGHT OF KAFKA (which I love) is MA ON A COMPUTER THAT I HAVE A HOUSE OF MY SON, THAT UNFORTUNATELY I DO NOT HAVE MORE, JUST’m going to water the plants (NOW IS A FUNERAL RITES) TE I will send it.
    I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT WE MUST ALWAYS LET MANY QUESTIONS. LIFE IS ALREADY IN ITS COMPLICATED.
    IS BEAUTIFUL PHILOSOFI LISTEN, AND THEIR THEORIES, BUT it is ALSO BEAUTIFUL THINK OF OUR , MORE SIMPLY ..
    A HUG

  • Hi Anna!! All philosophy is meant ultimately to make our lives less complicated. A philosophy becomes beautiful only when we begin to apply it to our own life. After all, philosophy is the love of wisdom. For example, the entire Buddhist Philosophy or teaching is oriented towards understanding our thought processes. The Dhammapada, the Buddhist equivalent of the Bible, starts with the words, “Mind precedes everything..”. Everything begins with a thought. Even a self, I or ego begins with a thought. I need a thought even to know that I have a body. And unless one begins to “see” and experience how everything originates with a thought, and how one needs a thought even to be conscious of his/her body, , one will not be free of thoughts. On seeing, how everything begins with a thought, one then begins to get rid of all unwanted thoughts. Those thoughts that unnecessarily complicate one’s life and cause misery, both to oneself and to others.*

    When one begins to see that that one himself or herself complicates one’s own life through their own thoughts , the thoughts they themselves generate, one begins to be free of them to attain peace. Life does become more simple and beautiful when one is rid of the unwanted thoughts; because no one generates them but himself or herself through their own mind. This is the beauty in a teaching when experienced and applied. Thank you so much Anna!! As always, appreciate and respect your own thoughts very much!! :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago

    RAMESH .. UNDER YOUR SWEET WISDOM HIDING an iron will.
    YOU WANT THE LAST WORD, AND I GIVE TO YOU…
    SMILE MY DEAR FRIEND AND GOOD WEEKEND ..
    A THOUSAND KISSES
    ANNA

  • The “you” that may want the last word is itself but a thought. On realizing this there are only “last words” , and no wanting “the” last word. :)) I Wish you a fabulous weekend too my friend!! And a 1000 kisses in return as well!! Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • There is a strong reason why my images and writings carry such philosophical thoughts. Sri Lanka itself has seen a near 30 year conflict, causing immense suffering and loss of life on both sides, based on wrong thought processes or ignorance. And almost all my notes and writings are geared towards getting rid of such thought processes which not only diminish the beauty of life but destroy life. And such thought processes still persist, not only here in Sri Lanka, but all over the world. They also restrict the freedom and beauty of a life. Hence, the urgency of disseminating such thoughts which may get rid of the darkness of a thought.

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago

    RAMESH, MY WAS NOT A CRITICISM.
    THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT I READ YOUR WORDS AND AGREE WITH YOU, .. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, NOT LAW WHO SHOULD READ..

  • I know it was not Anna!! :)) It was an interesting exchange of “thoughts”.

    Let us hope it becomes a catalyst, at least, for some. :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on July 17 2013!

    Please feel free to comment here

  • Thank you so much Marilyn!! Appreciate the honor very much!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clarkover 1 year ago

    Wise words!!!!!!! Great Image!!!

  • Thank you Carolyn!! Appreciate very much your thoughts on this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

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  • Thank you so much Irene!! Honored by the feature!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

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