Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Solitude

Solitude is something I’m pretty familiar with when I travel and I actually embrace the concept of  this African proverb, “It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion.” However there are different forms of solitude and some can be inspiring, a haven and even necessary while others reek of loneliness and rejection. Here are some images from across the Visited Planet database featuring some of these forms of solitude.

Hindu pilgrim in prayerby the Ganges RiverVarnassi, IndiaBy Joanne Lane

Hindu pilgrim in prayer by the Ganges River, Varnassi, India

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
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Photo gallery: Myanmar’s Buddhist monks

One of Myanmar’s most distinctive features is its population of Buddhist monks. In the next few posts I’ll feature a few images of them from my recent trip.

There is a curiosity that is reciprocated between monks and tourists. Each side seems equally exotic as neither can quite grasp the world from which the other comes and what that represents.

Every day in the early hours Myanmar’s monk population heads out to collect alms. I got a lot of these photographs from all around the country, but my favourite were these from Hsipaw, to the north east of Mandalay as the photos have something of an ethereal quality.

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Finding love after the death of Osama bin Laden

I have been quite concerned by images of people celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, and even comments by world leaders who said they “welcome” the news.

It is unpleasant to see anyone rejoicing at the death of another human being, no matter what they have done.

I try not to make a lot of political comment on this blog as it is about Visited Planet photography but my website does have a mission of educating, equipping and encouraging and so I wanted to post this excellent quote I received via Facebook that reminds us how important love is in the world. Thanks to Sharolyn Newington for sharing it.

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some good positive images of love in places where there is struggle and difficulty; showing how powerful it still shines even in the darkness of life where there might be poverty, greed, oppression, exploitation or plain hard work.

Women embracing in a village that had been displaced by the government's creation of National Parks. India.

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Photo gallery – religion

True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness. ` Albert Einstein.

From the fervour of Hindu festivals to the quietness of contemplative Catholics there is much in religion that brings colour, life and meaning to many people around the world.

Two young monks at a Buddhist monastery in the Bhumtang Valley, Bhutan

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