cosmos and culture

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Another one of the “Stardust to Stardust” series…


A dead buzzard I saw dying with my own eyes. I sat in the train to school and saw this bird hit the window and it fell down on the ground..An awful and impressive thing to see..

I know it’s a natural reaction of humans to be repulsive by death..but I’ve always had a fascination for this ever since I was a kid and I’m exploring this fascination…

I see beauty in certain things that are hard to explain, even for myself…but I know that beyond the sadness there is a certain beauty in death, that I’m trying to show in my works.

I know this means not everyone will like my work, but at least, I can somehow try to make at least someone look at this in a different way than they are used to…for me death is part of nature, part of life..eventually everything will die, but nothing will ever be wasted..

Even the end of life… has a sublime beauty…

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When one is united with the beloved, all physical and mental boundaries disappear. Likewise, in self-realization, we forget our separateness and merge with the Supreme Self.
—  BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

Abstract theological ideas about God and divinity vary from culture to culture and from person to person. But common to all spiritual yearning is a desire to be bonded with the Cosmos or to a reality larger than oneself. In this way, ‘the sacred’ is not a theoretical idea, but an experience of being deeply connected with everything in the visible universe and all the forces that lie behind it. When we experience this vital sense of connectedness, life becomes engaging and meaningful. In a living cosmovision, humanity is bonded with the heavens and the living Earth–an embodiment of the starlight from which all things flow.

David Fideler, Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond with Nature’s Intelligence

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Is 'Being' The Same For Everyone? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

“…I thought of this relation in connection with the predicament facing this country. It’s news from nowhere to be reminded that there is a deep political divide in America today. Many people I know are anxious. We watch lips move. We hear the words. But it doesn’t add up. It is hard to really even comprehend the thoughts or feelings of people on the other side. It is as if our political culture has gone the way of skepticism.

Our alienation from each other is so great that we stand to each other in something like the ways that skeptical philosophers have always supposed: We are confined to the outward marks, the mere behavior — and that’s just not enough to know another, to really understand him or her, or to trust….”

In the boundless ocean of consciousness, waves of phenomenal worlds appear and disappear. Eternal consciousness, which is the cause of all perceptions, is unaffected by the rise and fall of a universe at the end of its allotted time.
—  ASHTAVAKRA GITA