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“This figure that is in decay,
Nest of ills perishing away,
Putrid body which does rend,
Life indeed has death at end.

A citadel that is bones erected,
In flesh and blood it is plastered,
Decay and death it does contain,
Pride and deceit hidden remain.

Even regal chariots rot away,
This body too does contain decay…"

- “Dhamma Pada – Sayings of the Buddha” , English verse in rhyme and rhythm by Dr.O.R. Medonza

To be aware of decay is to be free of all forms of moral decay which may begin through attachment to this body, that not only accelerate the biological decay already inherent within us, but contribute to the decay prevalent in society and injure the environment as well. A mind needs a body to house it – that is subject to decay and ends up in death.

- Kanages Ramesh

" Decay is inherent in all compound things, work out your emancipation with diligence. "- The Buddha

(The structure seen in the distance is the ruins of an ancient Buddhist dagoba. )

Country: Sri Lanka

“To all those who do not contribute ‘decay’”

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.

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  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...12 months ago

    how wonderful those words are and so true. Kanages..
    Sherri

  • Thank you so much Sherri!! Appreciate very much your thoughts on this!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Ginny York
    Ginny York12 months ago

    At first glance of this image in a thumbnail, my first thought was how beautiful it looked. I still think it looks beautiful All will go back into the earth and it’s remains will be used by nature. Even things that are not natural to the earth will fall down upon it and maybe house some small animal or insects. So I think decay can be a good thing as long as it isn’t used against nature. What do you think?

  • Hi Ginny!! Natural decay certainly is a good thing, that is what I think. :)) It also teaches us impermanence and not to become “possessive” or fret too much over things which too are impermanent. . There certainly is a poignant beauty in this acceptance; and in observing it in nature. The ‘decay’ I have referred to is the moral decay which we may contribute through our words and actions; which go contrary to nature and accelerate decay. :) Thank you so much Ginny!! Appreciate very much your thoughts on this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • ╰⊰✿ℒᵒᶹᵉ Bonita✿⊱╮ Lalonde✿⊱╮

    Wonderful capture nice clarity and detail nice focus and framing nice colour…interesting writting Ramesh which i could say alot on ref moral decay..wonderful write up a deep subject and an important subject..

    The problem is that there are real problems in today’s societies,
    and they do not respond to easy solutions. Complicating the fact
    is that changes in society have undermined many traditional
    ways of doing things. In the process it has contributed to the
    alienation which many feel, and which has led many to turn to
    drugs, alcohol, or other form of escape from reality. The change
    in the country’s industrial base has meant that there are few high
    paying jobs for the uneducated or poorly educated, and the result
    has been to recreate greater divisions in society than existed in
    the immediate postwar period. One way the excluded can cope
    is to organize in gangs, to demand their share of the pot. Rather
    than dealing with root problems, we as a society deal with
    symptoms by building ever more jails, giving harsher criminal
    punishments, listing an increasing number of the young as
    uneducatable, and decrying the drop in moral standards

    the lack of familiarity with the Bible is one of the

    occurrences that has led so many to decry the growing immorality,
    although it is the failure of the very churches to teach their
    members about the Bible they claim to revere which is the greatest
    failure in modern religious education
    the list goes on and on and on its a sad thing Ramesh truely

  • Thank you so much Bonita!! The lack of “insight” to go beyond words , and to not be “stuck on the finger pointing at the moon”, is a prime reason why the so called religious teachers themselves are unable to guide their members; because they themselves are caught in duality; friction, conflict and suffering. And their actions too arise through duality. Thank you so very much Bonita!! Apologize very much for the late reply!! I am having a bit of a problem, these days, posting replies to comments on RB.

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • anaisanais
    anaisanais12 months ago

    POET’S ITALIAN (THOSE OF THE SCHOOL anthologies) SAYS “NOT ALWAYS TIME The beauty DELETE, MY MOTHER HAS SIXTY YEARS AND MORE LOOK HER AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SEEMS TO ME!”
    I BELIEVE THAT TODAY YOU DO NOT AGREE MORE THE BEAUTY OF THE LIVED YEARS, AND YOU CHASING THE MYTH OF DORIAN GRAY.
    IMAGE VERY BEAUTIFUL WITH FABULOUS GREEN…

  • And let us not forget the wisdom too age brings!! :)) Being aware of the decay within us, is to become detached from the pride, vanity , prejudice, possessiveness and all such states of ill that begin through attachment or excessive identification with this body, which not only accelerate the biological decay within us, but contribute to ‘decay’ around us, through the ‘ill’ they create. Thank you so much Anna!! As always, appreciate very much your thoughts on this!! :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • autumnwind
    autumnwind12 months ago

    As far as the image goes I was thinking on the same level as Ginny. But yes, I understand in your reply to her how you are referring to decay. I see it in the poem now too. A great post as always dear Ramesh.
    Warm hugs, shar xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • To reproduce my reply to Anna, “Being aware of the decay within us, is to become detached from the pride, vanity , prejudice, conflict, possessiveness and all such states of ill that begin through attachment or excessive identification with this body, and its thoughts, which not only accelerate the biological decay within us, but contribute to ‘decay’ around us, through the ‘ill’ they create.” An ego or I cannot arise without a mind. And a mind cannot function without a body. Ultimately it is being ‘mindful’ of our ‘ego’ and be free of those thoughts that cause ‘decay’, both within and without. Thank you so very much Dear Shar!! Appreciate your thoughts, as always!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Vitta
    Vitta12 months ago

    AMAZING WORK!!!

  • Thank you so much Vitta!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB12 months ago

    September 28, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so very much Teresa!! Appreciate the honor very much!! I apologize for the delay!! :))

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • George Coombs
    George Coombs12 months ago

    Lovely image, I know the Dhammapadda well and those words have been well chosen, altogether excellent work

  • Thank you so much George!! Appreciate very much your enlightened words and ‘liberal’ comments!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimage12 months ago

  • Thank you Francis!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Perggals© - Stacey Turner
    Perggals© - St...12 months ago

    01/10/13

  • Thank you so very much Stacey!! Appreciate the honor very much!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

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