Thursday, 28 August 2014

ABC of Zentangle..G, G for Growth, inner Growth..

...Through an attitude of Giving,Generosity.


A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

Linked to ABC Wednesday , and Diva's Challenge no. 182

Let me begin with presenting my zentangle image here under answering Diva's challenge no. 182 with stripes in the form of the border. I also answer the ABC Wednesday this week with G as the letter, and present in my series ABC of Zentangle.. G with all the tangles used in the image, including the border, beginning with the letter G. And there after I present a video demonstrating 4 tangles with G. Hope you all enjoy it.  

ABC of Zentangle..G. Tangles used are, Girdy, Golven, Groovy, Gord, Girlande, Grass border, Graancirkel, Good Joss, Gutz and Gingham

Here is the video, ABC of Zentangle..G



And now some Zen:
G for Growth- 

The whole World is rooted in this magical word called 'GROWTH'. Every individual wants to grow, and keep growing in stature, earnings, amassing wealth. Every corporate/business entity desires the growth graph always going northwards, in its bottom line, in its assets build up. Every country looks for continuous, positive growth in their GDP, all the times, again, in the monetary terms. It would appear that we all tend to take this trend as very normal, and NATURAL.

But, I differ. The word NATURAL takes my thoughts to its root, NATURE. Nothing in Nature is unlimited. Nothing keeps growing continuously. What goes up, comes down. Hence, how can the human being's desire to a perpetual growth  could be termed 'Natural'. In fact such a desire is unnatural, and hence non-achievable! Because, the growth is being desired in terms of commodity called MONEY, and money is only a man made means of exchange, not at all a commodity! And the stuff you keep exchanging for money, things made of matter, keeps on depleting as all the matter stuff come from the limited resources in and around the NATURE (Earth). So, the materialistic, outer growth for ALL is a myth.

What about INNER GROWTH? Well, it is non-materialistic, and hence desirable if it can shift our focus away from the material. The inner growth could happen when the factors fueling outer growth, such as excessive desires, selfishness, greed, jealousy, ego and blind attachments to material etc are controlled and diminished.

Aligning our nature with the Nature could help. This brings to the other two words I have chosen- Giving, and Generosity. Joy of Giving is always superior to the 'pleasure'(ephemeral happiness) of Taking. And this attitude can be developed if we operate from GENEROSITY. Nipun Mehta explains beautifully in this TEDx talk how to design our life for generosity-




Do leave behind your comments if you found the post meaningful. By the way, practicing zentangle is helpful in developing inner growth.

D I L I P







Sunday, 24 August 2014

ABC of Zentangle..F, F for Focus, Fear, Freedom..

Focus on getting Freedom from Fear..


A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

Linked to ABC Wednesday 

The Zen part first..

Fear is one of the emotions we are born with. Its main function is to fore warn us for our safety, our protection. This exists in Nature. All animals, all creatures have it. But we humans have discovered its use as a tool for selfish motives. So, we started inflicting fears on others to have our work done. Different aspects of fear that we use, as well as experience are, threat, punishment, deprivation, anger, upsets, anxiety, frustration etc..

In fact, the fear culture begins at home. Lavishly we use false, even illogical threats on small children to make them eat their food, drink their milk, do their home work, and so on.

At the work place, we set threatening conditions to complete the task or else... memos, stoppage of increments, suspension, denial of promotion etc, etc

Governments collect their taxes under threats of severe punishments for defaults..

In other words, the whole World is running on FEAR. And what are the results? Fragmentations, breakdowns, separations, selfishness, greed, power centers, vandalism, terrorism, anarchy.

And all these happen because we fear the fear, even though the statistics say 98% fears do not come true!

The opposite of fear is LOVE.  Love unites, it heals people, it provides larger purpose, inclusiveness grows, involvement increases, creativity develops... The problem is establishing selfless love takes much longer time where as fear works instantly, though, over time, fear produces diminishing returns where as love creates increasing returns.

So, the goal could be to focus on getting freedom from fear... Well, one can not run away from fear over night given that for centuries we have been raised under the shadow of fear. But can we start focussing on moving towards love? Over period, fear factor can diminish and love could grow in the Universe.

Enough of the Zen.

 Let me present tangles on F, with a one line message in favor of Zentangle that practicing zentangle builds focus, and when we do zentangles with emotion of love at heart, we grow in the direction of empathy, kindness, tolerance, mutual respect, acceptance,attitude of giving, unselfishness etc etc, all these being the aspect of love.

ABC of Zentangle.. F. Tangles used are, Fife, Foot lites, Feather falls and Fungees
And now the video-

ABC of Zentangle..F video: This time we have demonstrated all the above tangles actually creating the above shown zentangle art. Enjoy, and learn.


Have fun, and if you do get thoughts on the contents of this post, share with us all.

D I L I P


Friday, 15 August 2014

ABC of Zentangle..E, E for Ease, Easy


Take it Easy...
A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

Linked to ABC Wednesday and Diva's challenge no. 180


How often have we heard this phrase? When ever under stress or tension, this phrase comes in handy. The difficulty, however, is, 'how to take it easy?' The baggage of the past, the ever shrinking patience, excessive desires, selfish motives, avarice, ego and inability to stomach other's happiness could all be the possible reasons to induce stress or tension. And if the antidote is 'to take it easy', it must be a very deep remedy. Perhaps when you work at the cause level, the effect has to be different.

Hundreds of practitioners of  Zentangle have found it working as a remedy to many of those causes. and practicing Zentangle is EASY! So, take it easy...it will put you at EASE!

So, the tangle for this post..

ABC of Zentangle..E. Tangles used are Eye - wa, Echo, Eyelet & Ribbon, Embellish, and Exis

And now some Zen...

Chuang Tzu, one of the greatest Chinese philosophers wrote this poem some 2300 years ago..

"EASY IS RIGHT. BEGIN RIGHT AND YOU ARE EASY.


CONTINUE EASY, AND YOU ARE RIGHT.

THE RIGHT WAY TO GO EASY IS TO FORGET THE RIGHT WAY
AND FORGET THAT THE GOING IS EASY."

I read this, an reread  several times. I just could not fathom it. Not so easy. But look at how Osho, one of  the current era's best known philosophers explains it. He says about Chuang Tzu,


"His uniqueness is that he talks in absurdities. All his poems and stories are just absurd. And his reason to choose absurdity as his expression is very significant: the mind has to be silenced. With anything rational, it cannot stop; it goes on and on. Anything logical and the mind finds nourishment through it. It is only the absurd that suddenly shocks the mind - it is beyond mind's grasp. 


His stories, his poems and his other statements are so absurd that either people simply left him, thinking that he is mad.... Those who were courageous enough to remain with him found that no other meditation is needed. Just listening to his absurd statements, the mind stops functioning. And that is the meaning of meditation."

I like this very meaningful connection between mind and meditation. In fact he goes on to say that 'meditation is not of the mind'. 'No mind' is what we describe as meditation. 

And my focused purpose here is to suggest that practicing Zentangle creates a 'no mind' like situation, and hence a meditative state with all the benefits it can offer to curb the causes for 'uneasy', stressful and tense situations..  

Let us connect this uneasiness issue with Osho explaining the meaning of the poem-

 EASY IS RIGHT. BEGIN RIGHT AND YOU ARE EASY. That has to be the criterion. If you feel uneasiness, tension, then what you have started cannot be right.
CONTINUE EASY AND YOU ARE RIGHT.
And the last part is something never to be forgotten. THE RIGHT WAY TO GO EASY IS TO FORGET THE RIGHT WAY - because even to remember it is an uneasiness. THE RIGHT WAY TO GO EASY IS TO FORGET THE RIGHT WAY AND FORGET THAT THE GOING IS EASY. What is the need of remembering these things? 

Let me pause here, and conclude this post which has a specific goal of presenting Zentangle, the way I look at it , to both, the novices as well as those who are already hooked on to practicing Zentangle, one post at a time, through one letter at a post!

How ever, if any of you wants to read the whole explanation by Osho of this wonderful poem, I am parking it in another post titled 'Easy is Right' on my another blog.

And coming back to the tangling, here is this edition's video-

ABC of Zentangle.. E - Video:

This is the fifth video of this series demonstrating 19 tangles so far, collectively. You may like to subscribe to this series at Youtube when you watch it . You may also like to introduce it within your circle of influence for more viewership. Thanks.


Please leave behind your thoughts, comments and feedback to make this series 'ABC of Zentangle' more enjoyable and useful to all.

D I L I P

Friday, 8 August 2014

ABC of Zentangle..D, D for Design & Discipline


Design, and Discipline.


A little Zen, and some Tangles..

( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

Linked to ABC Wednesday, and Diva's Challenge no. 179

Let me begin with the word Discipline.

The Zen part of the post:

Several situations flash in my mind..
School discipline, Academic discipline, military discipline, road discipline, food/eating discipline, dress discipline, playfield discipline, party discipline...and finally self discipline.

By and large, the word discipline refers to one's behaviour vis-vis timing, place and situation. You are a disciplined person if you behave in a right/appropriate manner at the at the right/appropriate occasion, place and timing. However, all these outer manifestations have a direct connection with our inner/self discipline.

Self-discipline is the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.Self-discipline and self-control gives one power over his/her life. It there for also means controlling the mind. Most often we choose to repress the mind to save the situation rather than discipline the mind.

Osho, an extra ordinary philosopher and a mystic of the last century, was answering a question from one of his followers on the matter of 'disciplining' the mind versus repressing it.'

He says, 'The difference is so great that it is impossible to miss it. Repression happens through fighting with your mind. Discipline happens through being watchful, aware, alert. In discipline, there is no fight implied. In discipline, there is no condemnation, no evaluation. One simply looks at the mind silently, seeing the whole traffic without saying what is right and what is wrong, what should be and what should not be, just as standing by the side of the road you watch the people walking by - saints and sinners, beautiful people, ugly people, good people, bad people...'

Osho further describes the process of self discipline-

'A mother was telling her child, “Be very careful when you go to school because the traffic is dangerous at rush hour time.”
The child said, “Don’t be worried. I always wait by the side of the road. When a gap comes by, then I cross the road.”
“When a gap comes by…” As you are looking at your mind you will be surprised: gaps come by, intervals when there is nothing to be seen. The observer remains alone and because it is alone it is no longer as observer either.You can’t call it an observer because there is nothing to observe. The mirror is there, but it is not reflecting anything. There is no duality of the seen and the seer. In these intervals discipline arises.

The word 'discipline' is also beautiful. It is sometimes very significant to go to the root of words. 'Discipline' comes from a root which means learning. When you are looking at a gap, learning happens. Learning about what? Learning about yourself, because there is nothing else. You are full of awareness. You are just full of your own being, overflowing. And this experience of just being yourself, overflowing, undistracted by anything, undisturbed by anything is the greatest learning. The greatest possibility of knowing the truth. This is discipline!' 
See more at: http://spiritualsatya.com/osho-on-discipline/#sthash.pMGDCWzV.dpuf

Now let me bring in Zentangle in the context of its DESIGN.

It goes to the credit of Rick and Maria (Creators of Zentangle) to have carefully designed the process of zentangle that creates the 'gaps' described in the above paragraph. What with 'no pre-planning, and post judgement' rule while creating a zentangle. There is very little scope for the mind to meander! 'One stroke at a time', giving all your best to that stroke means you are compulsorily in the present moment.

 A good design is a process/means that takes you to its(logical) end (desired state). Zentangle does it, and does it very well.

Now some tangles..



Please click on the video below to see the six tangles being demonstrated, and assembled into the cube.



And do leave behind your feedback.

Come back next week for a bit of Zen, some tangles and demo video on the letter E

D I L I P

Osho on Discipline

Osho speaks on Discipline on his discourse series give at Osho Commune, Pune, India during spring and summer of 1980 (Excerpted from the book “Walking in Zen Sitting in Zen”).

Osho, you say: Go beyond the mind. Do not listen to its chatter. Discipline it and make it a servant. Do not be its slave. But how to know when the mind is being disciplined and when it is being repressed? Also, when I took sannyas the other night you said not to get hooked on you. I have to tell you that you are closing the stable door after this particular horse has already bolted.
- Prem Lisa
The difference is so great that it is impossible to miss it. Repression happens through fighting with your mind. Discipline happens through being watchful, aware, alert. In discipline, there is no fight implied. In discipline, there is no condemnation, no evaluation. One simply looks at the mind silently, seeing the whole traffic, without saying what is right and what is wrong, what should be and what should not be, just as, standing by the side of the road, you watch the people walking by – saints and sinners, beautiful people, ugly people, good people, bad people – but you are unconcerned. It has nothing to do with you; you are out of it.
That’s exactly the meaning of the English word “ecstasy”. Ecstasy means to be out of the mind. You are just looking, as one looks at the clouds moving in the sky or at the river flowing by – cool, detached. Neither are you trying to cling to something nor are you trying to push something away from you.
This is pure awareness: you are only a mirror. And in just being a mirror, the miracle happens – the miracle of discipline. Slowly slowly, the traffic starts disappearing. Less and less thoughts are moving on the road, less and less pictures are appearing on the screen, less and less memories, fantasies. Gaps start appearing.
A mother was telling her child, “Be very careful when you go to school because the traffic is dangerous at rush hour time.”
The child said, “Don’t be worried. I always wait by the side of the road. When a gap comes by, then I cross the road.”
“When a gap comes by…” As you are looking at your mind you will be surprised: gaps come by, intervals when there is nothing to be seen. The observer remains alone and because it is alone it is no longer as observer either. You can’t call it an observer because there is nothing to observe. The mirror is there, but it is not reflecting anything. There is no duality of the seen and the seer. In these intervals discipline arises.
The word “discipline” is also beautiful. It is sometimes very significant to go to the roots of words. “Discipline” comes from a root which means learning. When you are looking at a gap, learning happens. Learning about what? Learning about yourself, because there is nothing else. You are full of awareness. You are just full of your own being, overflowing. And this experience of just being yourself, overflowing, undistracted by anything, undisturbed by anything, is the greatest learning, the greatest possibility of knowing the truth. This is discipline.
- See more at: http://www.spiritualsatya.com/osho-on-discipline/#sthash.pMGDCWzV.dpuf




Osho on Discipline

Osho speaks on Discipline on his discourse series give at Osho Commune, Pune, India during spring and summer of 1980 (Excerpted from the book “Walking in Zen Sitting in Zen”).

Osho, you say: Go beyond the mind. Do not listen to its chatter. Discipline it and make it a servant. Do not be its slave. But how to know when the mind is being disciplined and when it is being repressed? Also, when I took sannyas the other night you said not to get hooked on you. I have to tell you that you are closing the stable door after this particular horse has already bolted.
- Prem Lisa
The difference is so great that it is impossible to miss it. Repression happens through fighting with your mind. Discipline happens through being watchful, aware, alert. In discipline, there is no fight implied. In discipline, there is no condemnation, no evaluation. One simply looks at the mind silently, seeing the whole traffic, without saying what is right and what is wrong, what should be and what should not be, just as, standing by the side of the road, you watch the people walking by – saints and sinners, beautiful people, ugly people, good people, bad people – but you are unconcerned. It has nothing to do with you; you are out of it.
That’s exactly the meaning of the English word “ecstasy”. Ecstasy means to be out of the mind. You are just looking, as one looks at the clouds moving in the sky or at the river flowing by – cool, detached. Neither are you trying to cling to something nor are you trying to push something away from you.
This is pure awareness: you are only a mirror. And in just being a mirror, the miracle happens – the miracle of discipline. Slowly slowly, the traffic starts disappearing. Less and less thoughts are moving on the road, less and less pictures are appearing on the screen, less and less memories, fantasies. Gaps start appearing.
A mother was telling her child, “Be very careful when you go to school because the traffic is dangerous at rush hour time.”
The child said, “Don’t be worried. I always wait by the side of the road. When a gap comes by, then I cross the road.”
“When a gap comes by…” As you are looking at your mind you will be surprised: gaps come by, intervals when there is nothing to be seen. The observer remains alone and because it is alone it is no longer as observer either. You can’t call it an observer because there is nothing to observe. The mirror is there, but it is not reflecting anything. There is no duality of the seen and the seer. In these intervals discipline arises.
The word “discipline” is also beautiful. It is sometimes very significant to go to the roots of words. “Discipline” comes from a root which means learning. When you are looking at a gap, learning happens. Learning about what? Learning about yourself, because there is nothing else. You are full of awareness. You are just full of your own being, overflowing. And this experience of just being yourself, overflowing, undistracted by anything, undisturbed by anything, is the greatest learning, the greatest possibility of knowing the truth. This is discipline.
- See more at: http://www.spiritualsatya.com/osho-on-discipline/#sthash.pMGDCWzV.dpuf

Monday, 4 August 2014

Bijou's Wisdome..1

'Slow' is not a bad word. 

In fact 'fast' is the word to be looked at with caution. If you move fast, and it is a wrong direction, you meet with the disaster fast! In many ways, the 'fast' culture the World had adopted in the past few decades (Fast pace, Fast food, Fast production, Fast consumption, Fast profits, Fast population growth, Fast travel...) is the reason why we as the human race are in turmoil, and face most undesirable consequences..

Slow down, says Bijou. Think, says Bijou. Plan well, says Bijou. Execute with conviction, says Bijou. Here is my response to Diva's challenge no. 179, asking us to use Bijou (5 cm X 5 cm) tiles.



For those who may not be knowing who is Bijou, let me explain. Bijou is the name given to a character created by Rick and Maria out of a snail. Also,  5 cm X 5 cm size tiles are also named as Bijou tiles.

Hope you enjoyed the Bijou Wisdom. For some more Zen, tangles and demo videos, keep visiting ABC of Zentangle series.

D I L I P




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