a.bilgrami @ burnsroad
“ countries need blood as much as Beethoven symphonies needed lyrics.”
“Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.” — Will Durant, Life, Oct. 18, 1963
Each one prays to God according to his own light.
going through some spring cleaning, given a mood swing , i took out my vermeer book, and got lost into Chiaroscuro for such along time that hours just passed without even realizing, Vermeer was more than just Visual Concepts, he was Branding, Marketing, “Emotionally iq-ing”, utilizing lighting color sensibilities and so much more.
whaow! I thank God today for being present and feeling blissful. the renewed joy found with what beautiful work of such intense quality strengthens most is ones connection with oneself, the value of finding meaningful relationship with self on deep levels.
In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.
Transformation: By Jalaluddin Rumi.
When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away
Talking about religion gets people hyper, vocal, holier than thou and abusive. I believe faith is about calmness and keeping hope, moderate activism and creating and encouraging balance and harmony. after countless passionate discussions, on exhaustive religious differences , i still felt empty after winning every argument. Something changed since 2007, few meetings over a year with baba (the first person who recognized my “weirdness” and asked me to write) since i found writing allow more explicit and decontextualized interaction, than speech, which depends on a spontaneous, shared situation which i abhorred briefly, his non judgmental interactions made me see and feel things differently. Funny how with him i never discussed religion but he still made me grow, i find writing about religion and other combative issues alot easier now.
– Human rights! And responsibilities
civil and military “Responsibilities” are the foundation of all human “rights”; without responsibilities, there will automatically be no rights.
From an Islamic perspective, there are six essential elements to generating a culture of recognition of rights and responsibilities:
• Awareness of the need to appreciate others
• Acknowledgement of others needs over your own needs
• Appreciation of self first, then others
• Acceptance of your role as a giver
• Action of recognition that leads to constant ethical acts which become habits
• Accountability whereby each individual asks this simple question: What have I done to deserve to be a citizen of this country and how am I contributing to the well-being of others?
Deepak Chopra: the personal and collective growth guru. just reiterates the above on finding balance along with his hindu/buddhist teachings: Amazing stuff!
1. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people
you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your
2. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes
right and wrong on situations that just are.
3. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food , drink, or
toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system.
4. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the
product of memory, which dwells in the past.
5. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence.
Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a
portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power
of the cosmos.
Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra
(Three Rivers Press, 1998).
Just like the Billboard painting performed in Pakistan, there is another indigenous form of art performed in Pakistan and it is the Truck Painting. With its all colorful floral patterns, depiction of human heroes with creative aspect ratios, calligraphy of poetic verses and driver’s words of wisdom, this form of art is truly a part of Pakistani transport tradition. Many trucks and buses in Pakistan are highly customized and decorated by their owners.
gorgeous via karachi khatmal
These adorned vehicles are considered as movingart, or jingle art. Because of their unique decor style, these vehicles are quite distinct in layout from other trucks around the world. Each part of the vehicle is decorated differently, with variations depending on the regional style. Although the decorative process is usually very expensive, it is still practiced throughout Pakistan as well as a few other countries of South Asia and Central Asia with great zeal and aesthetic zest.InPakistan a truck driver/owner usually pays $3,000 to $5,000 for their vehicle’s external decoration.
This decoration includes structural changes, paintings, calligraphy, ornamental decor and more. Mirror work on the front and back of vehicles and wooden carvings on the truck doors are commonly used. Usually, the driver or the owner takes the truck to a coach workshop soon after its purchase for this decoration. The artist embellishes each truck according to the particular tastes of the driver
Decorative elements :colors movement and memory, Form , Colour ,space, poetry, Calligraphy , local wisdom, Flora and fauna