Here is Sachin Gandhi ready with the Day 3 of Seven Day, Seven Black and White Photo Challenge.
As I said, I am posting pictures in Chronological Order of importance they hold in my life.
Just a quick reminder about Day 2 picture. I posted a picture of hill fort of the town in which I first came out of my mother’s womb after 9 months. So, that picture holds second place in things of importance in my life after light (it has many forms but I give most importance to light of knowledge and being light in someone else’s life and rest all forms of lights follows them as well in my life)
SEVEN DAY, SEVEN BLACK &
WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE, DAY 3:
This challenge involves. No people 👫 No explanation 🗨📝 Challenge someone new each day 🙄
Kriti Bandyopadhyay Nominated me for this Challenge.
Coming to Day 3, Black & White Picture 3. Take a look below ~
Essence behind this picture ~
It describes two things about my life which I value (importance) the most.
1. Emotions and thought behind gifts ~
Gifts can be anything; small or big, cheap or expensive, material or even something invisible which can only be felt, simple or trendy, used or new, or even just a greeting card and a letter (I prefer these two gifts over others as they capture real emotions of both the receiver as well as the giver). But, the thought and emotions goes a long way to touch heart and even soul, atleast mines; I cannot say about many others.
This gifts was the most special gift of my life (I know some of might be thinking being a guy I should have been happy, if I would have got Yamaha R15, any of the Royal Enfield bullet bikes or a Harley Davidson tagged bike). But, this Hero Maestro which I got it as an unofficial and even as an informal gift from my brother on a normal day without any occasion, without planning it and just buying and gifting it to me one fine day was way more satisfying than getting those huuge bikes which makes one look like a stud. I cannot look a stud even if I ride a Formula 1 Ferrari Car, thats a different part of the story altogether though hahaha 😂😂
2. How we value and welcome new things in my and most of the traditional Indian homes and maybe even in western homes ~
My brother did this “Pooja” of this gearless vehicle before riding it to hometown from Raichur which is around 82 kms away.
You can see few symbols in the picture ~
i) Swastika ~ The swastika (as a character 卐 or 卍) is an ancient religious icon used in the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Southeast Asia, where it has been and remains a sacred symbol of spiritual principles in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
I am a disciple of Jainism.
In Jainism, it is a symbol of the seventh tīrthaṅkara ~ “Teaching God – Suparśvanātha”. In the Śvētāmbara tradition, it is also one of the aṣṭamaṅgala or eight auspicious symbols. All Jain temples and holy books must contain the swastika and ceremonies typically begin and end with creating a swastika mark several times with rice around the altar. Jains use rice to make a swastika in front of statues and then put an offering on it, usually a ripe or dried fruit, a sweet, or a coin or currency note. The four arms of the swastika symbolize the four places where a soul could be reborn in the cycle of birth and death – svarga (heaven), naraka (hell), manushya (humanity) or tiryancha (as flora or fauna) – before the soul attains moksha “salvation” as a siddha, having ended the cycle of birth and death and become omniscient.
In the Western world, it was historically a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck, but in the 1930s, it became the main feature of Nazi symbolism as an emblem of Aryan race identity, and as a result, it has become stigmatized in the West by association with ideas of racism, hatred, and mass murder.
Since the end of the 20th century, and through the early 21st century, this religious symbol sparked controversy, when consumer goods have been exported to the West, notably to North America and Europe, and have been interpreted by consumers as bearing a Nazi symbol. This has resulted in several such products having been boycotted or pulled from shelves.
Biggest disbelief for me individually as a person is ~ When a ten-year-old boy in Lynbrook, New York, bought a set of Pokemon cards imported from Japan in 1999, two of the cards contained the left-facing Buddhist swastika. The boy’s parents misinterpreted the symbol as the right-facing Nazi swastika and filed a complaint to the manufacturer. Nintendo of America announced that the cards would be discontinued, explaining that what was acceptable in one culture was not necessarily so in another; and adding to my disbelief, their action was welcomed by the Anti-Defamation League who recognised that there was no intention to be offensive but said that international commerce meant that “isolating [the Swastika] in Asia would just create more problems”.
In 2007, Spanish fashion chain “Zara” withdrew a handbag from its stores after a customer in Britain complained swastikas were embroidered on it. The bags were made by a supplier in India and inspired by commonly used Hindu symbols, which include the swastika.
Pity. Pity. Pity. Pity. What a Pity!!
How can we humans (including me) can be so insensitive to someone’s such sensitive customs, just based on the use of it by some person whose ideologies were not acceptable? Anyone here? Can we humans ever afford to do that?
ii) Om Symbol ~ “Om (ॐ)” is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Hindu religion. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. In Hinduism, Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols (pratima). It refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge).
So, I complete my Day 3 Black & White Picture of “7 Days, 7 Black and White Challenge” with a picture showing value (importance) of two more things in my life which occupies third and fourth place in my life respectively.
Now coming to last part of the Challenge ususual, the Nomination part ~
I would love to nominate Meher Gandhi on Day 3. I nominate you today as “I feel”, you can relate one paragraph of this post. So, maybe you can connect it and post about it or even somwhere around it, in one of your post in any of the 7 day of the challenge, though you are free not to and you are even free to not to accept this Challenge as well because of any reason if you have!
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