A luminous mind (please see description) by Kanages Ramesh

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“Mind is the very nearest to us, because through mind alone are we aware of the so-called external world including our own body. ‘If mind is comprehended, all things are comprehended’…

‘Thus it is our own mind that should be established in all the Roots of the Good; it is our own mind that should be soaked by the rain of truth; it is our own mind that should be purified from all obstructive qualities; it is our own mind that should be made vigorous by energy.’" – The Buddha

_ from “The Heart of Buddhist Meditation” – A handbook of mental training based on the Buddha’s way of mindfulness by Nyanaponika Thera

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spiritual, mind, philosophy, buddhism

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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  • JonnisArt
    JonnisArtabout 2 years ago

    How true Ramesh.
    Contained in the four wisdoms.
    (Why) we suffer?
    Want to have.
    Not want to have.

  • Excellent Jonni!! It was this question of “why there is suffering” and “why some suffer more” which drew me to Buddhist teachings. And the Buddhist “Insight”(Vipassana) Meditation helps one experience within oneself the wisdom contained within the four noble truths – the origin and cessation of suffering. It is this experience and the wisdom born of it which begin to gradually release one from suffering experienced within oneself; and better able to understand the “cause” for suffering seen around. I better stop now, because if I say more, it might become a long essay , which may end up causing you suffering. :))

    Thank you so much Jonni!! Appreciate very much your thoughts on this!! (BTW (late) Nyanaponika Thera was from Germany. So was (late)Nyanatiloka who wrote the Buddhist Dictionary among others.)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Anna! Appreciate very much your generous thoughts & keen observations! Appreciate very much your support on all my postings too!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • lumiwa
    lumiwaabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much!! I noticed you have lumi of luminous lumiwa. :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeabout 2 years ago

    Awesome! He seems to glow, and this seems very appropriate. ♥♫

  • Thank you Jade!! Appreciate very much your visit and liberal views!! :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandabout 2 years ago

    Well done, the bold colors reflect the thought.

  • Thank you Michael! Appreciate very much your own “reflection” on this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...about 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture nice light and touch of darknes nice clarity and detail nice eluminating effect for the statue and love the colour. nice framing..a fav…Wonderful write up and reflection ref a luminous mind..

    Fifty of us follow him loosely
    up the mountain at Deer Park Monastery.
    We are in the slow motion of a dream
    lifting off the dreamer’s brow. Steps
    into steps and the body rising out
    of them like smoke from a fire
    with many legs. Gradually the flames
    die down and the earth is finally under us.
    Inside the mountain a centipede crawls
    into no-up, no-down.

    Our meditations
    waver and recover us, waver
    and reel us in to our bodies
    like fish willing at last to take on the joy
    of being fish, in or out of the water.
    When we gather at last at the summit
    and sit with him
    we know we have moved the mountain
    to its top as much as it carried us
    deeply into each step.

    Going down is the same.
    We breathe and step. Breathe,
    and step. A many-appendaged being
    in and out of this world. No use
    telling you about peace attained.
    Get out of your feet.
    Your breath. Enter
    the mountain.

  • I wonder who wrote this poem. :)) “No use telling you about peace attained” is very true. It is hard to explain. It is really in the “seeing”, and the subsequent detachment from it. The ‘seeing’ of how a mind, creates a world around us. Thank you so much Bonita!! Appreciate very much the kind gesture of the poem and your liberal views on this!! Hugs& blessings

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    I like how it is put by a pastor I listen to; “Right believing is right living!” It is all up to us, we have the choice to make up our minds to what is right and it doesn’t involve how we feel!

  • Precisely!! In Buddhist terms it would be “mindfulness”. Mindfulness of our thoughts & actions. It involves “right seeing”. Before a mind begins to form attachments to thoughts or sense impressions, which lead to desire, aversion or delusion. Thank you Viv! Appreciate very much your thoughts on this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...about 2 years ago

    Great image, and a great book, which I have read many years ago, but need to re-visit. Wonderful.

  • Thank you Hany! Yes it is! And if I may suggest, “Just Seeing” by Cynthia Thatcher is another brilliant book. Appreciate very much the visit & the comment!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    Or as Solomon wrote in Proverbs on true godly wisdom, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue guards his soul from troubles.” When we give the excuse, “I can’t help it”, we really can and need to bridle our thoughts, words and actions as a horse is bridled and brought under submission. I’m still working on this!!!

  • Great metaphor & analogy Viv! It proves the similarity in religious teachings, though the terms may differ slightly, when it comes to understanding Truth. I guess being ‘mindful’ or being ‘aware’ of our thoughts, words and actions , would be lifelong process; with no two days or circumstances being the same. But each day of practice does strengthen the foundation. Thank you Viv! Appreciate very much your reflection on this!!

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    And I appreciate your input too…life is really based on love in thought and deed.

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