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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #69

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #69

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( Pictures don’t talk to me like they talk to others.)

Sometimes you don’t understand the meaning hidden behind a picture.

Don’t try to hide it behind layers of lies.
However colorful they look.
They will expose your intention.
Don’t find excuses.

Tell yourself it’s okay not to know about everything.
No one is going to judge you or laugh at you.
You are among friends.
But if, it happens again and again, then be alarmed.
Your observation quality is poor.
You lack perception
Focus and try again.
How come others are able to find something meaningful in it.
Read much and be inspired.

 

 

 

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #68

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #68

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Normal life

daily normal routine
of getting up with the sunrise
completing all the chores
going to bed at night
following the same routine daily
is so tiresome
but deviate from it for some time,
and, you yarn to go back to the same routine
long to settle in your comfort zone   
that’s also impossible 
nature is sly
loves routine on one hand
disturbs routine on the other hand
you accept and play along
no guarantee of rewards
you ignore
go against the rules
then be ready to pay the price

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #67

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #67

Welcome to the drift, as we sail into a new capsule of time!

This will be the last Challenge in 2018. The next one will appear in the first week of January 2019.

Photo Prompt

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Goodbye 2018

end of the year

time again

as usual

to find excuses

what you 

promised to yourself

but could not accomplish

end of the year

time again 

as usual

to make 

new resolutions

end of the year

time again

as usual

to 

say 

to bid

Adieu

to the old year

and 

welcome

with open heart

and not to forget

party hard

in the 

NEW YEAR

Reena’s Exploration Challenge#66

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #66- Choose one or choose both and just fire.

Picture Prompt

falling

Poem

after the sun departs and we are greeted by constellations
or what we could see past the rising light of the city
The elitists of the day go home
A time of opportunities has gone down with the day
But what would the night bring us?
The start of a new journey and to be one with the city
Never in the eyes of a 9-5 type

Source: https://hellopoetry.com/words/buildings/

 

 


Fire,
the enemy 
of darkness and impurities
friend
of the people 
and the forests
if you can keep it 
under control
it devours all
without discrimination
when goes
out of control
a weapon
in the hands of miscreants
a shield
of safety from
ravenous beasts
 
 
 
 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #65

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #65

PROMPT FOR THIS WEEK

Challenge 65

Too much of consumerism

disrupted

the balance of nature

Kings, Maharajas,

politicians, businessmen, rich

were busy in money making

as money brings POWER

public, either terrified to raise a voice

or whining for their sorrows, or

oblivious to nature’s balance

accepting all as their destiny, gods fury

Some had a clear vision

the first on to start a movement to save sacred trees

along

with Bishnoi Villagers

dared to raise a voice and saved the trees

it took 363 lives to awaken the people from their slumbers

then came CHIPKO MOVEMENT

led by

Sundarlal Bahuguna, who explained to villagers

of the importance of trees to the environment

of the soil erosion due to the cutting of trees

of draught

of pollution, pure air

very slowly people were awakening

whole India was stirred by

Save Silent Velly Movement

Jungle Bachao Andolan

Appiko Movement

Narmada Bachao Andolan

etc. etc.

All visionaries are  doing their bit

but,

what the rest in the world is doing

waiting for the third world war for water

or, consuming to turn this planet a desert?

God knows

when the whole world sings in unison

enough is enough

Let us all save the Mother Earth

Environmental Movements in India

Bishnoi Movement

Bishnoi Movement

Chipko Movement

Chipko Movement

 

Jungle Bachao Andolan

Jungle Bachao Andolan

Silent Valley

Save Silent Valley Movement

Appiko Movement

Appiko Movement

Narmada Bachao Andholan

 

Tehri Dam

Tehri Dam

photo credit- Reference: Appiko – The Hindu NBA – The Hindu Article by: Priyanka Sunil

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #64

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #64

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घर वापसी

मन कभी वहां था ही  नहीं जहाँ इसे होना चाहिए था

शरीर के अंदर रह कर उसे सही राह दिखाना और  हुए मंज़िल की ओर ले जाना

पर नहीं उसे तो हर सवाल का जवाब चाहिए था

प्रकृति के सारे रहस्य उसे जानना था

उसी खोज में न जाने कहाँ कहाँ भटका कितनी जगहों की खाक़  छानी

पर कुछ मिला क्या

वही कुत्ते की तरह अपनी  ही दुम  के पीछे भागने के सिवाय

कुछ भी हासिल हुआ क्या

सब कुछ यहीं  था

आँखों के सामने

अपने सम्पूर्ण सौंदर्य में

छिपता, दिखाता , ढंकता, उभरता

ललकारता

पा सको  तो पालो मुझको

मैं तो यही हूँ तुम्हारे भीतर

बस पारखी नज़र होनी चाहिए

मुझसे ही चूक हो गयी

” जिन खोजा  तिन पाइयाँ , गहरे पानी पैठ,

मैं बैरन ऐसी डरी , रही किनारे बैठ। ”

और अब ,

हर सुबह पूछती है,आज नया करने को कुछ है क्या?

हर रात पूछती है,आज क्या किया,

मन है की भटकाता रहता है

कभी कहता है यह करो,कभी कहता है वह करो ,
स्थिर नहीं रहने देता
यह भटकाव क्यों है?
सब कुछ मिल के भी लगता है अभी कुछ पाना बाकि है ,
वह कुछ क्या है यह भी समझ नहीं आता.
क्या यही भटकना ही मेरी नियति है ?
एक बंजारे की तरह 
या मुझे भी एक ठाँव, 
ठहरन मिलेगी ?
कभी मेरी घर वापसी होगी,
जैसी एक बच्चे की होती है 
माँ की गोद में ?
Reena has translated this poem in English, such a wonderful translation, better than the original.
English translation-
The heart is never where it should have been – inside the body, giving directions to reach the destination. But it seeks answers to all questions, wants to know secrets of Nature, and keeps wandering around for that – with zero results. The quest is similar to a dog chasing its own tail.
Everything is right here – hiding, showing, covering, rising and challenging – from the depths of the Self — Nurture me if you can. I’m here if you care enough to look.
I admit I was wrong.
The seekers found wisdom in depths of the ocean
I was my own enemy – to stay on the shore.
And now …
dawn looks for something new
dusk evaluates the day
the heart wanders ….
Do This or That
Why can’t you stay still
  • nomadic heart!
Have all, yet something’s not there
what is that which goes amiss?
O, fluctuating destiny!
Will my gypsy soul ….
find a destination?
my homecoming –
like that of an infant
returning to mother’s bosom

Awesome Response

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My friend’s response to my post- https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/reenas-exploration-challenge-week-63

Awesome.

It’s been a lifelong journey, my love. I can’t go on.
I’ll never leave you.
But you must, my love. Go. Save myself.
You’re my life. If you stop, I will too.
I’ll be the death of you, my love.
You gave me life. A good life. Now I wish for a good death… with you.
Peace,
Eric

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 63

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 63

Prompt

Here is an intriguing picture shared by Harvey Kraft on LinkedIn.

harvey kraft

 

The picture by itself can tell a thousand stories. But I am increasing the complexity a little. Here is a paragraph from another source.

So what exactly happened here? A woman felt powerless because she was unable to let go of a story she was holding onto which made her a victim. Even though she no longer saw this man, her former lover, she carried him within, and over and over again inside was keeping this version of the story alive.

TILL DEATH DO US APART

It seems there is no strength left in me.

I feel completely exhausted.

I can’t go on like this, I want to quit.

It has happened several times in my life.

Shamefull I accept that I had wanted to quit every time I felt  exhauseted

Everytime my conscience nudged me

‘How could you quit, there is so much to do, everyone depends on you?’

I was young then so summoned my willpower and got up every time. 

But now with age catching up, it seems an uphill task. 

I’m lying on the floor, helpless, hoping to go…There comes an extending hand for help, 

How could you be so desperate? Didn’t you promise, ‘ till death do us apart’?

Oh yes, I remembered. 

Indeed how could I leave him in the middle of our journey?

He was always there to support me, never grumbled, criticized or belittled me. 

What I was complaining about?

With a feeling of guilt, I grab the extended hand thankfully.

Indeed the show must go on ’till death do us apart.’

Didn’t once I advised everyone that’

When there is unrest or apprehension
When there is, in life a lot of tension
Take a break and retrospect.
When you overworked and very tired
When you are stuck in an old routine
Take a break and get good rest.
When dissatisfaction, and no fun in life
You think life is taking you for a ride
Take a break and meditate.

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 62/ Dr. Rajendra Singh, The Waterman Of India

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 62

Prompt-

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The moon is still dark
but
I’m not worried
it’s going through its phases
it will shine again
what worries me is 
the future of the earth
will it become
like the moon
waterless
due to 
negligence of its
politician
businessmen
builders
who have no water in their eyes
and heart
no concern for the earth
becoming a desert
aren’t they afraid of 
water world war
are they so heartless
unconcerned of 
farmers suicide
people sufferings
due to the scarcity of water
the moon is still dark
but a part of it shines
and so shines
the hope
in my heart
till the people
like Rajendra Singh
THE WATERMAN of India
are there
spreading water literacy

teaching people

about water conservation

and many more people joining him

To the save the planet

WATERMAN Of India- Rajendra Singh

Dr. Rajendra Singh (born 6 August 1959) is a well-known water conservationist & environmentalist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as “waterman of India”, he won the Stockholm Water Prize. He runs an NGO called ‘Tarun Bharat Sangh’ (TBS), which was founded in 1975. The NGO based in village hori-Bhikampura in Thanagazi tehsil, near Sariska Tiger Reserve, has been instrumental in fighting the slow bureaucracy, mining lobby and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid area as it lies close to the Thar Desert, through the use of johad, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. Starting from a single village in 1985, over the years TBS helped build over 8,600 johads and other water conservation structures to collect rainwater for the dry seasons, has brought water back to over 1,000 villages and revived five rivers in Rajasthan, Arvari, Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani and Jahajwali.

they are be

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 61

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 61

In the immensity of consciousness, a light appears — a tiny point which moves rapidly and traces shapes, thoughts, and feelings, like a pen writing on paper. And the ink which leaves a trace is the memory. You are that tiny point and by your movement, the world is ever re-created.

 Sri Nisargadatta, I Am That

 

Alas!

It eludes me

the immensity of consciousness

again and again

could have

lead me

to a higher plane

Alas!

I am

where I was

when I was born

yearning for my mother’s embrace

now at the end of my journey

yearning for my mother’s embrace

my existence

in between

is a cipher

 

 

 

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