The Nothingness of Personality

Fiction 1968-

“The ignorant one dies while the one who understands is liberated. The mind must sing the ‘I am’ without words. Be liberated, if you think you have acquired knowledge and that is your achievement, then you are still far from Self-knowledge.”

—   Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am Unborn (a collection of notes from his late talks)
The village of Jonga. Perched at the end of a valley in the Indian Himalayas, nearly three hours walk from the nearest road.
People of the Hills XXXXII: Man waking from an afternoon sleep in his courtyard in the village of Dadhag, Indian Himalayas.
View towards Jonga in the Indian Himalayas as rain and sun come together on a Spring afternoon. Around seven thousand feet above sea level.
No matter what… …it is God. From John Coltrane’s notes for his jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme (1964).
Sorting black sheep’s wool in the Indian Himalayas. An experiment in multiple exposures (with part of traditional cap of the sorter in the bottom left).
Phagli at Rumsu II: Another view of the demons and human dancer. They all wear old traditional Kullu dress (which is only ever worn now for these occasions) and handmade hemp shoes called pullas since leather is not allowed. The masks are carved of rhododendron wood and each of the five clans of the village play a demon.
Phagli at Rumsu: Perhaps half a dozen villages in the old kingdom Himalayan of Kullu celebrate this spring festival with a masked dance. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil, though different stories are played in each village. The demons are the masked men covered in foliage and are led by a human who carries an axe to stop them assuming giant size and eating him. They dance together with, in the end, the god of the village, Shubh Narayan, defeating the demons.
Lord Bhairav at the Shani temple in Mohal. Bhairav is the terrifying aspect of Shiva and considered as Shani’s Guru. Cosmologically, Shani is Saturn and Bhairav’s mount is a black dog, Sirius, the Dog Star.
Sacred threads wrapped around a peepal tree (Ficus religiosa, or the sacred fig). Shani temple. Indian Himalayas.