Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018

What an exciting morning! Feeling truly blessed to be in a geographical area where this was going to be visible. Thanks to NASA, I had already put alarms for various times for this morning. So I was up by 3:45 am (woke up three times before that just out of sheer excitement) and got outside with my camera and tripod, which I had already setup the night before. By the time I was out there, it had already started! The eclipse that is; and it was nothing short of extraordinary.

This one is taken around 4:10 am. It’s getting darker (and colder! brrr) by the minute.

By 4:40ish it’s already turning a darker shade of red.

And the crimson glow at totality (around 5:29 am) looked something like this:

The stars surrounding the moon began to show up and the moon itself went almost invisible to the naked eye. It was an incredible view! Staying out there for over two hours in 43 degrees F was numbing to the toes and fingers and the camera and I got a nice drizzle of the morning dew on us that required both of us to get thawed once indoors, but all of that was totally worth it for this phenomenal event that hasn’t occurred in last 150 years. Looking forward to the next Super Blue Blood Moon in 2037!

Here’s a glimpse of blue moonrise from this beautiful evening of January 31, 2018:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Source of our Happiness and Sadness is within Us

Conversations with HP these days have been more philosophical than ever. It's nice because we both get to share the gratefulness for this life and the positive things about it with each other and at the same time, we remind each other that all the not-so-positive parts are like that because we look at them negatively. What we have concluded is that we constantly have to brain-wash ourselves in believing that all the happiness or sadness in this life is because of us only. That there is no other entity / event / person responsible for any hurt / happiness we might be feeling. All of these topics come up when we start talking about sister Shivani and Brahma Kumari lectures. I personally don't have enough time so for me, all the learning and reminding happens through our conversations. So grateful I get to learn about these things today than tomorrow.

I knew that all the answers were within us but knowing that the source of happiness or sadness is all us and only us was a big revelation for me. It is astonishing to know that I am the reason why I am happy or sad or whatever else I might be feeling. The events or experiences could be the initiating points of those, but at the end it is up to me to feel happy or sad about something. The blame game has only single source and that's within us. It is easy to play the victim in any situation but in reality, when the observation starts for the source of the negativity, it is actually inside us. This is all coming after days and weeks and months of these discussions and I am so grateful for them. Wish I had more time to turn that search light inside more often. To find the answers to all those unanswered questions. When and as the answers come about, it all makes me realize how beautiful this life is. So grateful for it and all that is and all that isn't.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

દિવસો જુદાઈ ના જાય છે..

આજે ફરી કેટલાય વખત પછી ફરી વાર ગુજરાતી ગીતો, ગઝલો સંભાળવાનું મન થયું અને આ સૌથી પહેલા સાંભળવાનું યાદ આવ્યું. કવિઓ એ કેટલું સુંદર લખ્યું છે અને શ્રી પુરુષોત્તમ ઉપાધ્યાયે શું સરસ ગાયું છે. તેમાં પણ વચ્ચે "નયણા મત વારસો" સાંકળી લઇને શું મહેફિલ જમાવી છે.. વાહ! દિલ ખુશ થયી ગયું. તદ્ ઉપરાંત આ ભાષા સમજી શકવાનો અને સંગીતની કદર હોવાનો આનંદ અને તે માટે ઉપકાર જ માનવો રહ્યો.

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