Buddha statue - detail
The elephant which is associated with Aksobhya is a symbol of mental strength. At the beginning of one's practice the uncontrolled mind is symbolised by a gray elephant who can run wild any moment and destroy everything on his way. After practicing dharma and taming one's mind, the mind which is now brought under control is symbolized by a white elephant strong & powerful, who can be directed wherever one wishes and destroy all the obstacles on his way ..:☆:.. Photograph by Christophe Brisbo...
The main point of any spiritual practice is to step out of the bureaucracy of ego. This means stepping out of ego’s constant desire for a higher, more spiritual, more transcendental version of knowledge, religion, virtue, judgment, comfort, or whatever it is that the particular ego is seeking. One must step out of spiritual materialism. ~Chogyam Trungpa Freedomgoddessblog — brahman-god-oceanoflove:
Ganesh, Thamel, Kathmandu
Aum sumukhaya namah This mantra has a lot of meaning, but to make it simple, it means you will be always very beautiful in soul, in spirit, in face, everything. By meditating on this mantra, very pleasing manners and a beauty comes on you. Along with that comes peace, which constantly dances in your eyes; and the words you speak are all filled with that power of love.Ganesh in sandalwood
World Heritage Sites
Ayutthaya, full name Phra Nakhon Si, is an ancient capital and modern city in the Central Plains of Thailand, 85 km north of Bangkok... This buddha head sculpture is overgrown by trees....these beautiful ancient ruins of city are what is left after the burmese invaded.These ruins were officially recognized in 1991, when the Historic City became an UNESCO World Heritage Site. www.wikitravel.org/en/Ayutthaya www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phra_Nakhon_Si_Ayutthaya_