Moving forward

To move forward, three things are best to dispel:

  1. Hesitation – Lack of decision
  2. Confusion – Lack of understanding
  3. Dejection – Lack of spirit

 

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রাঙাদা

রাঙাদা,
এতো দূরে চলে গেলে যে চিৎকার করে গলা ফাটিয়ে ডাকলেও আর সাড়া দেবে না |
এখনো মনে আছে সেই পেন্সিল হোল্ডারটা | সরু সরু স্ট্রিপ্স কেটে ছিলে chrysenthemum এর ফুলের ফটোগ্রাফ থেকে | সে ফটোগ্রাফ তোমারই তোলা | আর অপূর্ব বড় বড় চন্দ্রমল্লিকা ফুলও তুমিই ফুটিয়ে ছিলে টবে | সেই স্ট্রিপ গুলি পাশে পাশে সাজিয়ে কি সুন্দর নকশা তৈরি করেছিলে পেন্সিল হোল্ডারের |
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Pictures of nature inspired by Colorado

I have been living in Colorado for the last 12 years. Two years back I moved from Longmont to North Boulder. I feel very lucky to live near the Lobo trail. This trail is a walking/biking trail that connects Longmont to Boulder and hence the name Lobo. I usually walk there once or sometimes twice a day.

When one enters the trail, there is a dirt road that slopes down. There are tall trees on both sides. There is also a stream of water that runs on the side of the path. It is is the runoff from the East and West Lakes, also referred to as Twin Lakes.  The following picture “Marshy stream in the forest” captures the above description.

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When one walks further down the path, there is a wooden bridge to the right that goes over a gushing stream. the West lake comes up in a few yards from the bridge. The lake appears against a backdrop of mountains. Throughout the year, except in summer, one can see the peaks covered with snow. This picture, “Mountains behind the lake”  captures a glimpse of the majestic Rockies as seen from the banks of the lake.

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Colorado has some of the most colorful sunsets. The setting sun spreads warm hues of red, orange and pink on the grayish blue wisps in the sky making rainbows.  The picture “Rainbow evening” celebrates a colorful Colorado sunset.

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The area around the trail gets quiet and lonely after sundown. Small animals like foxes and coyotes are known to roam around in search of food. I never visited the place at night. As  I mentioned earlier, a gushing stream that looks a few steps of mini waterfalls goes under a wooden bridge near the lakes. I can only imagine how pretty it would look in the moonlight. This picture “Silver stream at night”  depicts my imagination of the stream at night.

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It is said that the moon controls human emotions and creativity. Maybe I am not the only one who finds the full moon most attractive. In this picture, “Moonlit mountains”  the full moon rises in the night sky and spreads a glow over the mountains. The light and shadow create a surreal effect on the stream and branches of a tall tree, nearby.

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The next picture, “Dreamy branches” breaks away from reality and the natural shapes of the branches transform into a colorful dream.

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Colorado is famous for Aspen trees with smooth white trunks and round green leaves. In the Fall season, the leaves turn yellow and shimmer in the light breeze. Its golden beauty captures the heart of the onlooker. In winter the leaves fall off and the bare branches stare back through the remarkable black “human eyes”. This picture “Aspen Reflections in winter” is a semi-real interpretation of a row of Aspen trees beside a frozen lake.

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Even though Colorado is known for 300 sunny days in a year. Once in a while, you may have a chance encounter with a “cloudy day”. When haze hides most of the sky, the setting sun is barely able to sneak in a few shafts of golden rays that reflect on the pond and surrounding trees.  Here is the picture of “Golden sunset”.  The metaphor presented here is of the undying hope shining in the darkest hour.

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Yes, most of you are reminded of the glowing beacon of a lighthouse that penetrates through the clouds and shows the way to the coveted shore.  Here is “Beacon of Hope” for the weary sailors who toil in the ships and finishing boats in the endless waters.

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Let me mention here that Colorado, being a landlocked state has a single lighthouse that helps in the navigation of boats on Lake Dillon.  It is a large freshwater reservoir at an elevation of about 9000 ft, popular for boating and sailing. This picture, “Stormy waters” is of a sailboat, with dark clouds gathering on the horizon when the sun is about to retire for the day.

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But as all storms calm down eventually, the darkest and most trying times also come to an end. The sun finally rises again. In Colorado, it rises from behind the mountains and spreads colorful light everywhere. Here is “Sunrise behind the Mountain”.

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Puranjana -II

See Part I

King Puranjana married the beautiful woman and decided to live in Bhovagati (the city of Enjoyment) for a long time. The city had nine gates: five gates in the east, two gates in the west, one on the north and one on the south side. Each gate served a special purpose of sense gratification.
The two east-facing gates, Skylight and Forward-looking, were used to visit the city of Colorful Form. The king was accompanied by his friend Light. Through the other two gates named Nostril, King went to the city of Fragrance with his friend Olfaction.
The fifth gate situated on the eastern side was named Chief. Through this gate, with his friends, Taste, and Elocution, he used to tour the cities Refreshments and  Speech.
Through the southern gate Worldly and the northern gate Heavenly, King Purañjana used to visit the cities named Low-knowledge and High- knowledge, accompanied by his friend Hearing.

One of the western gates was named Genital. This gate took the King and his friend Intoxication to the city of Fornication. The other gate was known as Anus. Purañjana used to go through this gate to the place known as Nether, accompanied by his friend Peristalsis.

Although King Purañjana was the ruler of the city with many inhabitants, he, unfortunately, associated with two blind men named Hands and Feet while performing various activities. Sometimes he used to go to his private home with one of his chief servants, Intellect. At that time, illusion, satisfaction, and happiness came to him from his wife and family. Being thus entangled in different types of mental concoction and engaged in fruitive activities, King Purañjana was completely under the control of material intelligence.
He used to fulfill all the desires of his wife, the Queen.
When the Queen drank liquor, King Purañjana also engaged in drinking.
When the Queen dined, he used to dine with her. When she chewed,
King chewed along with her. When the Queen sang, he also sang.
He cried when his Queen cried and laughed when she laughed.
When the Queen quipped, he did the same. When the Queen walked, the King walked
right behind her. When the Queen stood still, the King would do the same.

When the Queen saw something, the King would also look at it. When she smelt a flower, the King would follow her to smell it. When she touched it, he would also feel its touch. In this way, King Purañjana was captivated by the Queen’s beauty. Indeed, he remained under her control, just like a pet animal that dances according to the order
of its master.

 

Thoughts of today

 

  • It is a good day – I woke up breathing
  • The right way to hydrate – eat food with at least 70% water content
  • Moon phases, tides and effect on animals and humans who are largely water
  • Earth is self healing. May be humans should leave it alone
  • A new story published https://www.thedailystar.net/literature/the-greatest-gift-1604863