On June 30th …

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः
गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म
तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः

gururbrahmā gururviṣṇuḥ
gururdevo maheśvaraḥ
gurureva param brahma
tasmai  ṣrīgurave namaḥ

(Salutations to the noble Guru, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Shiva, the direct paraBrahma, the supreme reality.)

Photograph was processed on iPad using the following apps: Iris Photo Suite, Photocopier, Pictureshow, Sketchbook and Pic Grunger.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is dedicated to Guruji … all copyrights of this image are solely His.



Ganesha

ऊँ गं गणपतये नमः
(OM gaṁ gaṇapataye namaḥ)
Meaning: I bow down to Ganapati/Praise be to Ganapati

Processed photograph of a sculpture given to us by friends for attending their son’s “Upanayana.”

Photographed with an iPhone. Processed with Iris Photo Suite, PhotoCopier, Retouch, Sketchbook and Pic Grunger. Likhita Japa was written in Sketchbook.




सर्वसिद्धन्त

Sarvasiddhanta
(In Sanskrit this means “Bestower of Skills and Wisdom.”)
This is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha.

ऊँ गं गणपतये नमः
(OM gaṁ gaṇapataye namaḥ)
Meaning: I bow down to Ganapati/Praise be to Ganapati

This photograph was taken at the Sandeepany Ashram in Mumbai, India. Altars dedicated to this Lord are found throughout the city … on every corner … and in every crevice. This particular one stands no more than 12 – 18 inches in height and sits on top of a wall (under a tree) as you enter the ashram gates.

Photographed with iPhone. Processed and edited with Iris Photo Suite, PhotoCopier, Percolator and Pic Grunger.

 

 



“A” is for Ahimsa

The alphabet we all should have learned as children …

Ahimsa is the one of the values that Mahatma Gandhi deeply believed in and diligently practiced. Ahimsa is the Sanskrit word for “non-violence” … not only in actions, but also non-violence in thoughts and speech.

The Sanskrit text written on the Mahatma is “राम  rāma” which is the mantra that he chanted throughout this life. It was reported that these were the last words he uttered when he was assassinated.

Image created in Sketchbook. Apps used for processing and editing: InfiniFX, Iris Photo Suite, PhotoCopier and Pic Grunger.




वक्रतुंड

Vakratunḍa
(Lord with the Twisted Trunk)
This is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha. In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is the “Remover of Obstacles” and the “Lord of Beginnings.” He is also known as the patron of arts and sciences and the Lord of intellect and wisdom.

ऊँ गं गणपतये नमः
(OM gaṁ gaṇapataye namaḥ)
Meaning: I bow down to Ganapati/Praise be to Ganapati

This sculpture was given to me by dear friends from Bangalore, India. I photographed it with the iPhone. Processing and layering was done on the iPad with the following apps: FX PhotoStudio HD, PhotoCopier, Iris Photo Suite, Grungetastic, Pic Grunger and Sketchbook





दुर्जनीय

Durjanīya
(In Sanskrit this means “Difficult to be Known,” which is
one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva.)

ऊँ सहस्रपदे नमः
(OM sahasrapade namaḥ)
Meaning: Obeisances to the God who is standing and walking everywhere.

Photographs were taken on iPhone. (This is the side of our ashram’s parking lot before reconstruction. Flower was created and assembled with cracks in the parking lot’s pavement. Shiva Lingam was drawn in ASKetch.

Processed in Pic Grunger and Grungetastic.
Sanskrit text was written in Sketchbook.



सर्वतापन

Sarvatāpana
(In Sanskrit this means “Scorcher of All,” which is
one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva.)

Photograph of wood taken with iPhone. Processed
in InfiniFX, Pic Grunger, and Grungetastic.
Sanskrit text was written in Sketchbook.

ऊँ भस्मोद्धूलित विग्रहाय नमः
(OM bhasmoddhūlita vigrahāya namaḥ)
Meaning: Obeisances to the Lord covered with holy ash.


 



बालगणपति

Bālagaṇapati
(In Sanskrit this means “Beloved and Lovable Ganesha Child,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha.)

Drawn in ASKetch (iPad app) and then processed
in ArtistaHaiku, Pic Grunger and Sketchbook Pro.
Likhita Japa was done in Sketchbook.

ऊँ गं गणपतये नमः
(OM gaṁ gaṇapataye namaḥ)
Meaning: I bow down to Ganapati



पशुपति (२)

Paśupati
(In Sanskrit this means “Lord of all living things,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva.)

उँ पुरारातये नमः
om purārātaye namaḥ
(Obeisances to the Lord who is thoroughly at
home in the wilderness.)

Photographed with iPhone and processed on
iPad with Grungetastic, Pic Grunger and Sketchbook.
Likhita Japa was done in Sketchbook.


 



पशुपति

Paśupati
(In Sanskrit this means “Lord of all living things,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva.)

उँ पुरारातये नमः
om purārātaye namaḥ
(Obeisances to the Lord  who is thoroughly at
home in the wilderness.)

Photographed with iPhone and processed on
iPad with Grungetastic, Pic Grunger and Sketchbook.
Likhita Japa was done in Sketchbook.




गजानन

Gajānana
(In Sanskrit this means “Elephant Faced  Lord,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha.

उँ गजाननाय नमः
om gajānanāya namaḥ
(Obeisances to the Lord  with an elephant face.)

Drawn in ASKetch, Pic Grunger and Sketchbook.
Likhita Japa was done in Sketchbook.


 



नगभूषण

Nagabhūṣaṇa
(In Sanskrit this means “One who has serpents as ornaments,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva.

उँ भुजंगभूषणाय नमः
om bhujanagabhūṣaṇāya namaḥ
(Obeisances to the Lord adorned with golden snakes.)

Drawn in ASKetch, Grungetastic, InfiniFX and Sketchbook.
Likhita Japa was done in Sketchbook.



रक्त

Rakta
(In Sanskrit this means “red,” or “One who has the red colored body,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha.)

Drawn in ASKetch (iPad app) and then altered in several
different apps: ArtistaHaiku, Grungetastic and Sketchbook Pro.
Likhita Japa was done in Sketchbook.

ऊँ गं गणपतये नमः
(OM gaṁ gaṇapataye namaḥ)
Meaning: I bow down to Ganapati/Praise be to Ganapati


 



नीलकण्ठ

Nīlakaṇṭha
(In Sanskrit this means “Blue Necked one,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva)

Drawn in ASKetch (iPad app) and then altered in several
different apps: Sketchbook, Grungetastic, and InfiniFX.
Likhita Japa was written in Sketchbook.

ऊँ नमः शिवाय
Om namaḥ śivāya
(I bow to Lord Shiva)



विकत

Vikata
(In Sanskrit this means “Huge and Gigantic,”
which is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha)

Lord Ganesha was drawn in ASKetch (iPad app) and then altered
using several different apps: Skechbook, InfiniFX and Grungetastic HD.
Likhita Japa was written in Sketchbook.