1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

What makes travelling by plane so special? August 28, 2009

Of all means of transport I love travelling by plane, and that is my big love since my early childhood. My excitement about flying is difficult to describe… I was always wondering what makes it so special?

On my last holiday trip I took a plane again and, taking pictures of magnificent landscapes I suddenly realised what makes the magic of flying to me:

1. From above we can have a totally different perspective to the Earth, to the places we love and live in. In a way it’s a shift in consciousness, like watching from somebody else’s eyes…We can suddenly see that our huge cities are so ridiculous small and that this is really NOTHING compared to the vast natural landscapes, mounts, seas, forests and deserts… What do we think of ourselves, that we can rule that nature??? The level of human ego and stupidity is the highest at that point.

2. Watching the wide horizon or the clouds play or the soft haze over the mountains, we can get entirely thoughtless –  the head clears out and thoughts stand still before the breathtaking views…

I wonder what my readers say about their own  experiences of flying by plane?

In the meanwhile, enjoy my recent pictures:

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Skyscapes June 20, 2009

Filed under: geography,personal,thoughts,Travel,world — axinia @ 8:27 am
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I took a flight over Eastern Europe last week – unfortunately or fortunately over a day time and the realtively clear sky.

Taking off or landing in a sunset or sunrise would have been more interesting (see my last year dramartic shots here)

Still I have managed to capture some lovely skyscapes, please enjoy:

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Intercultural differences seen from airplane June 15, 2009

Everylity time I take off in Vienna, I am fascinated by the structured geometry of the Austrian fields.

Love for clear lines and order is probably the reflection of the German blood in the Austrian character. Just look at this snap I took yesterday:

Amazing, isn’t it?

Just one hour by car away from Vienna we find Slovakia, a small Slavic country. It shares the same main river Danube with Austria, but obviously not much of Austrian mentality: (more…)

 

The traveller’s wisdom: hitchhiking science as a great human experience May 14, 2009

 (Anton Krotov with the map showing his and his wisemen’ and miles)

I got hooked on the topic since I learned about The Free Travel – not because I want to travel by hitchhiking but because the wisdom which people gain out of such experiences is so beautiful and true… One of the Gurus of of the subject in Russia is Anton Krotov, a founder of The Academy of Free Travel. He is not only a passionate traveller, but a wise man and an exellent writer of handbooks. A short biographical note: Anton is born 1976, not married, a Muslim.

In a free from travelling time Anton writes books (there are already over 30 books in Russian) and gives lectures. People often ask him same questions and these are his answers to the most common ones:

WHY TRAVEL?

The outside world is very big, but having enough persistence you can eventually reach every corner of it.f you want to travel, don’t put off your intention. Don’t wait till you get much money, take up an important post or retire on a pension and have a lot of spare time. In ten years you won’t have so much spare time as you have today, and in twenty years it’ll become very scarce. Though in future you may earn more money than you do now, the value of your worktime will also increase and you won’t be able to afford a half-year vacation (because of increased cost of one working hour). Besides, you may eventually get children, grand- and grand-grandchildren, needing to be looked after.

 HOW MUCH MONEY DOES ONE HAVE TO TAKE FOR A TRAVEL?

Normally a person starts travelling with a certain amount of money. While travelling he/she spends the money and finally keeps travelling without it. One should not be afraid of that and wait for the “X-hour”, one need not keep some money for “just in case”. When all your money will is being spent for the sake of supporting the surrounding economy (you will spend it or it will be stolen) and you will have nothing left – you will suddenly find yourself in a situation of Communism! All that you have been buying before – you will get all that for free, and complete strangers will offer you money and food even without you aksing for that. And you will not loose your weight and your cloth size will remain the same. (more…)

 

6 things I enjoyed in India March 5, 2009

India has definitely something very very special about its spirit and people, something that makes me visit this magic land every year… There are 1000 things I love about India, but each time I open new petals on its majestic flower.

These are the things which I enjoyed every time and particularly during my last visit to India a week ago.

1. The Indian satisfaction.

Indians seem to be generally very satisfied souls – they themselves may not see it this way, but compared to the stressed and frustrated westerners they are just the embodiment of peace! May be it comes from the belief in Karma  – it makes probably a huge difference is one knows there is only one life to accomplish or one knows there have been many and there are many to come – that surely releases from the stress (consciously or unconsciously). Another thing is the heat – when it is too hot, people just can not worry much, I guess – the heat makes one really slower and relaxter (compared to cold which makes one tough).

The satisfaction has also another side of a coin that basically Indians (again compared to the Westerners) do not have much drive to do things, to work on all sorts of projects, to travel, to move around, to get inspired and change their lives easily. At least those who do not immigrate 🙂

2. Going by riksha

Despite polluted air and horrible traffic, going by riksha is a big enjoyment to me and I really miss that comfortably fast mean of transport back in Europe. In fact, I miss it a lot – the possibility to catch a riksha so easily and get inside and drive with the wind blowing around… Unlike the sophisticated taxi.

 

3. Beauty and colours!!

Sure thing, that is what you can expect from me 🙂 I adore the sense of colours Indians have (which again would be called a kitsch in the “sophisticated” West) – every woman in a sari I saw I wanted to shoot a photo of, every flower was a total delight, in fact every clourful thing made me feel like a child in a magic candy shop….that was very special. (more…)

 

Happy Independance Day, Mother India! August 15, 2008

Patriotism is on of the highest feelings, almost spiritual. Patriotic songs mostly give a goose skin and a rise of overwealming feelings. Apart from the Russian anthem which I naturally find very powerful, another song which has a deep impact on me is the national song of India (though distinct from the national anthem of India) – VANDE MATARAM.

As today is the Independance Day of India, I dedicate this post to my numerous Indian readers and friends – you have a great Motherland, please keep the deepness, beauty and glory of it up!

 The English Translation of the song goes like this : (more…)

 

Awesome photos from my divine holidays July 23, 2008

When I came back from my truly divine holidays I found in my camera almost only the awesome shots of the sunsets, clouds and landscapes. Although I met a couple of thousands of people, my attention was obviously somewhere else…

Our life is full of manifestations of Divine. However it is the majestic pictures of landscapes or skyscapes that makes us understand the UNITY OF THE WHOLE. It does good to see that there is a life behind the clouds, that there are masterpieces of art and fantastic scenes beyond our knowledge and imagination. It is good to know that there is still so much to discover and to enjoy – and this is the secret story behind.

The story of never-ending DIVINE LOVE.

I was fascinated by that scenery, especially some minutes later when the cloud line became so exact. It felt like the huge dramatic curtain falling slowly from above – and the perfect peace of disillusion down there:

And what would you say about that? -the whole sky in vivid salmon lines:

That looks to me like a N. Roerich paint:

And what about that spectacular sunset?

There, in the depth of the sky, there are wings of angels resting on the clouds…

…and the veil-like path for those willing to walk on the clouds:

And, finally I was stunned to see such a perfect line above the clouds like the board of the Mother-Earth`s sari…

LOVE; axinia

 

The Expansionist Meme – or the things I never tried but may be will do June 17, 2008

 northen lights by Kjell Arne Thomassen

Nita tagged me again (thanks!) – an interesting meme which forces one to “think out of the box”. I like the idea but the way the meme tries to encourage one to trying new things out “because of this meme” seems rather suspicious to me (NLP?)… So I did not like it at the first sight. At the second sight I saw some interesting points in there and I have done it!

Meme instruction: Please thoughtfully consider the following, and choose one item for each of the categories below. (Be sure to describe your reasons for choosing)

  • One religious work from a non-familiar tradition you’ll read:

Interesting question… Due to my spiritual practice of Sahaja Yoga I am familiar with all the religions traditions – in fact I am also practicing all of them! 🙂 I`ve read all the “main” religions books (Koran, Bible, Gita, Kabbala, some on Buddhism)  as well as many less known… These books are indeed great, but I want my personal experiences now.

  • One music video-that you like-from your “least likely to listen to’ genre:

No idea.

  • A book from a genre you almost never read, that you have read, or you will read (promise!):

I was a book-glutton once, now I hardly read a book per year 🙂 I guess I tried all possible styles already… I actually want to read a book written by a friend of mine! – for example by Nita or by Solveig, or any other friend of mine who will finally write one!! I think it is the best genre – books written by personal friends 🙂 (more…)

 

Russia`s Seven Wonders exposed June 13, 2008

Russia tries to revive patriotism and love to the motherland in its citizens. The celebration of the Independence day yesterday, 12 June was crowned by the announcement of the Russia`s Seven Wonders. The country-wide voting has been done online and via sms since 1. February 2008, more than 25 million of Russians voted for their favourites.

As I found no information about it in English (!), I desided to blog about it and packed some short texts and pictures together in a post  – for all those who want to know something positive about Russia … 

Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.

My personal favourite is THE MOTHER MOTHERLAND CALLS Statue (see below), as I feel it manifest the love and respect for the feminine principle in Russia.

And now the voting results in detail : Russia`s 7 Wonders (natural and man-made):

  • Columns of Erosion /Plateau Man-Pupu-Nep/- geological wonder in the Komi Republic. The columns of 30-42 m high create a spectacular view and serve as a source of legends and esoterica experiences.

 image:vesti.ru

  • Mamayev Hill-the MOTHER MOTHERLAND statue.The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943), arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.

 

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One Russian Tourist visiting … Russia March 19, 2008

My holidays this time was a double-exotic journey. From cosy and stuffed Austria I went to hot and developing India via cold and diverse Russia.

Born Russian and being a Russian citizen I actually spend only 5 years of my life in Russia: every time I visit it I feel more like a tourist (which gives me an interesting perspective and still the ability to act like a native).

This slide show can give you some impressions I got from staying in Moscow for several days.

My last visit to Russia was 2 years ago. Any changes? Any new impressions? 

It feels like people have become more satisfied, more peaceful. At the same time more reserved (more…)

 

 
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