Here’s a photo that I took at the Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010. Part of the temple had loads of monkeys and most of them were playing (according to them studying) with prayer flags. This photo has some adjustments made to it with Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta. This soon to be released trial version of Photoshop has significant changes over the previous version. You can download the trial version at the link above.

 

View of the Himalayas at dawn from Ghulakot, Nepal.

“Some people have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.” Willis R. Whitney, American Chemist

Photo: Simple farmers in the Himalayas have found the perfect piece of property with a spectacular view of the Himalayan range each morning as the sun rises. Ghulakot, Nepal.

 

I will be your friend, Boudanath, Nepal

“Be valued and principle based. Know what you stand for, and live by those standards.” – George M.C. Fisher. Chairman of the board, Eastman Kodak Company.

Photo: When I was at Boudanath Stupa yesterday sitting in a somewhat quiet corner watching everyone circumambulate the stupa, I noticed two young boys seated at an entrance to an alley way. What I saw then was extremely touching. One was severely disfigured from burns it looked like it. His friend seated next to him opened a packet of chips and started feeding his friend and himself. He would put a chip in his mouth then reach into the bag and feed his friend. Once they were done with the chips he stuck a straw in a packet of juice and sipped from it. Then he reached out to his friend and held the packet as his friend sipped from it. Not for a moment did he treat his friend any different. It was a very good lesson in treating everyone the same. My beloved guru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, would often say “Treat everyone the same. See Siva in all!”
Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

A long exposure photo of the Himalayan range taken from the town of Bandipur in Nepal about 10:30pm at night.

“In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet.” — Will Smith

Photo: A long exposure photo of the Himalayan range taken from the town of Bandipur in Nepal about 10:30pm at night. The 19-min exposure captures the swirling stars and lights up the valley with the help of the rising moon. Bandipur, Nepal.

 

We continue with our five-day celebration of Pancha Ganapati. Today, day 4 of the celebration, Gurudeva shares from his book “Loving Ganesha”

DECEMBER 24, GREEN
The sadhana of day four is to draw forth the vibration of joy and harmony that comes from music, art, drama and the dance. Family, relatives and friends gather for satsanga to share and enjoy their artistic gifts. When the program is over, all sit together before Pancha Ganapati, Patron of the Arts and Guardian of Culture, discussing Hindu Dharma and making plans to bring more cultural refinements into each household. More gifts are placed before Lord Ganapati.

A young girl prays to Ganesha in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Photo: A young girl has just completed her morning prayers to Ganesha and apply sacred ash and flowers from the shrine on her head. Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

A monkey contemplates over prayer flags at the Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” – Donald Trump

Photo: A baby monkey contemplates over prayer flags at the Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Mount Machhapuchhre or Fishtail stands at 6,993m in the Himalayas of Nepal. The photo was taken at sunrise from Ghulakot.

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.” – Keshavan Nair, Author – Gandhi Biographer

Photo: One of the most memorable experiences for me in 2010 was watching the sun rise over the Himalayas as we stood on a peak in Ghulakot, Nepal. It was on one of the mornings on our spiritual adventure to the Himalayas of Nepal and North India in October this year. The surroundings were breathtaking and the experience ineffable as the group watched the first rays of light caress Mount Machhapuchhre or Fishtail which stands at 6,993m (22,942 ft).