Savvy Raj

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Two sides

Interestingly…

I came across both these images almost in the span of a single day!

Like the mirror has two faces

Everything that is , is not all

There are two sides

To everything

That exists…

What I pay attention

Grows with conviction

What I wish to disown

Diminishes to perish.

As this tree of life

Is taking roots

Growing branches

And shaping itself…

Yet the Choice

What to feed

And what to starve

The fate and future

Of two sides of my life

Solely rests with me.

Savvy


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Synergy of energy

Have share this beautiful song earlier in another context.

But here the song emotes to me…

In these curated clips of tangos shown to time with this beautiful song I share my reflections…on the dance form Tango.

Born in the dark alleys of Argentina

The stark truth emerges of murky beginnings in the 18th century

Frequented mostly by slaves,immigrants in the ports of Buneos Aires and even Uruguay.

There were even bans on many of these tango musical gatherings.

The dance form began with countless influences of European and native culture.

Argentine Tango is both energetic and enigmatic

It has the strength and soul to show.

Equally exotic and evocative

Intriguing and beguiling

The lead and follow is beyond genders

For connection is beyond the physicality

For beside the passion play plain to see,

There is something quite alluring & attractive in the movements.

Two people apparently moving as one

The footwork entices and enthralls

The feet move with a mind all their own

But articulating a drama through the feet.

Slow, steady or sharp and staccato movements

Each pair of feet, teasing the other

Challenging into a seemingly deadly duel of the feet.

Hitting all the right notes

Never missing a beat

Never stepping unto another

Except for a flip a dip or a show stopping lift thrown in.

If you want to see the drama of life and living,

Watch the synergy of energy playing

In a soulful yet spirited tango of two dancers.

There is rivetting romance,

Yet strikingly serious and sombre in notion.

Depths of emotion & unbridled passion

Emanating in an artistry of motion.

Today there are so many versions of the Tango

Off shoots and diverse cultural interpretations.

That created new interpretations of the way the dance is danced.

In hold, in form, in stance and in steps. That it’s almost untraceable.

Tango today is alluring as ever with dark days remaining just a history.

Yet retaining the mystery and appeal, Captivating with its intensity.

The connects so rooted in the embrace and hold, that makes the fancy footwork so effortless.

Tango truly speaks eloquently more than ever before…

Savvy


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Stairway beckons

A picture that is open to so many interesting interpretations…

Is this a stairway to heaven
The path that sets you free
Steps that lead the way
To the light of eternal truth

Your life is given to you
A knowing is bestowed upon you
In hope that you will seek
And find the truth of your being.
All answers are within you
To sense and understand
Life is both hell and heaven if you wish.
All it needs is a stairway to the within.

In the rigours of life and living
Find those moments that move you beyond simply existing!
Search not the whole world over
In confusion and chaos over the emerging illusions.
For in all the facade of perceptions
The truth is simple and visible
If you choose to actually notice.

Seek if you must
The truth of your own life.
The purpose of your own being.
Choose to be responsible.
To acknowledge the wonder you are
Make friends with your inner self.
Treat it with care and consideration
Align your thoughts and action.
You will soon find within yourself
The stairway to the heaven in you!

Savvy


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On faith and trust

Sometimes in the chaos of confusion
In the depth of our vulnerabilities
We find our inner resilience
In the spaces between our steps

And when that happens
Nothing can keep us down
For we rise and resurrect ourselves
Out of nowhere somehow

All we need to do is to… Keep the faith!
For life has many glorious plans Awaiting us… Trust in providence.
It will help us on our way!

Savvy Raj


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The things I like…

Every little moment of life is a celebration when you care to value it!

So today on my birthday here is my wish for you all!

And yes, here is a list of my reflections on the simple things I truly like...
Seems endless!

I like ….

The old world charm of an elegant Foxtrot

The magic in gliding to a whirling Waltz

The tantalising passion of a Tango

The sizzling chemistry in a Rumba

The gay abandon of a Samba

The freedom and gaiety of a Jive

The spiritedness and fun of Swing

The stylish charms of the Cha Cha cha

The sensuality and speed of Salsa

The teasing hips moving to a Bachata

The synergy of a march in a Merengue

The flamboyant frills of a Flamenco.

I like it all and more

And yet most of all I like the simple joy of dancing naturally.

I like…

The touch of pen to paper

The flow of colour on canvas

The smell of a brand new book

The joy of reading and writing

The rhythm of rhyming stanzas

The soulfulness of a profound poem


I like …

The smiling eyes of a happy child

In the joy of holding a present unopened

The caring ways of friends so dear

The warmth of a genuine smile.

I like…

The peace in every mindful moment acknowledged…

The morning walk on a sandy beach

The gentle waves embracing my feet

The smell of the first rain invigorating a patch of earth

The fragrance of jasmine flowers

The whiff of warm enchanting woods

The chirping of birds in the trees nearby

The caress of a breeze so cool

The chill of winters day

The twinkling of the stars on a clear night sky

The passion play of a full moons day

The dancing lights of twilight

The shimmering moonlight on a tranquil lake

The magic of morning break at dawn

The enthralling evening shadows playing at dusk

The enchantment and rapture of a saxophone

The twang and elan of a accoustic guitar

I like…

The smell of fresh ground coffee waiting to be sipped

The aroma of baked goodies out from a hot oven

The melt in the mouth bite of a dutch truffle cake

The steaming cup of cheer on a cold winters day

The tinge of warmth of ginger

The spice n flavour of aromatic cinnamon

The chewy goodness of an oats and raisin cookie

The quench of thirst from a pure glass of water

I like it all and so much more…

Yes there is so much in life to like and love

The list is endless! And I am pretty sure it is the same with you :))

‘This is a mindful and gratefulness practise that I do every once in a while …. What we like may be very unique and may change with time, but that is not as important as acknowledging it . Gradually we learn to see the bliss in the blessings.

To acknowledge the simple pleasures of life and living is to know its worth .

Try to make your own list … adding as you go along and you will soon have so much to be thankful for that you learn to live like this moment is completely worth it and never take a moment of life for granted.’

Savvy


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Silence Speaks

What is Silence?

Silence is poetry in unspoken prose

Silence is a dance in stillness to soundless music.

Silence is a hush beyond the din.

Silence is a projection of inner bliss.

Silence is a prayer in its loudest form

Silence leads and the path appears.

Trust the lessons learned in silence.

Savvy


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To dance is to…

To Dance is to live in the moment joyfully!

Happy New Year 2019 Keep Dancing

& Enjoy Living!!


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The Divine Touch

A fine piece of art

Has the soul of the artist

Embedded within it forever.

A poet leaves his soultraces

On his poetry

For they evoke his hearts imagery.

Like a writer leaves his hearts imprints

On the story

With his personal take on life.

The painter paints a picture

But emotes the scene

Etched deep in his heart.

The dancer graces the space

With gratitude

From the freedom in the spirit of movement.

The musicians hand creates

With artistic abandon

Signing every piece with his soul.

And in the letting go

Of the creation at hand

Without personal attachment

Marks the path of discovery

Of the value attached

In every part to the whole

For then the art

Breathes life unto itself

To inspire some more.

As it is left bare open

To be shared and seen

In the ever expanding horizon

And in the trials & tribulations

In the making, it knows

It is blessed with the divine touch.

Often as artists there is much at stake ingrained individually.

But to move beyond these narrow means is an awakening to the arising and ever expanding horion of truth in its infinite potential. And that is what gives the shape of things to come.

To see beauty in creation is to know its strength and weaknesses as they are …

knowing it is the divine creators touch that makes it unique even in its very falliability.

No matter then, the elements the energy chooses to express with… for in the very enterprise of creation is a divine transcendence.

Savvy


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What makes a face interesting?

What makes a face interesting?

A Face is a canvas
For emotion to play upon
Providing and hiding the clues
To what is in the heart and mind.

A face creates the first impression
At times face can decide and seal the deal
Sometimes a face can charm you
And hold you in its sway.

Faces conjure an imaginary perspective
Of the nature of the entire person
Faces can at times convey
There is more than what meets the eye.

Some faces are arresting
No not just because of their beauty
But because there is an angle
To the structure so intriguing

Deep set eyes, an upturned mouth
Jovial smile , creases & laugh lines
Or a tense brow and wrinkled temple
Sqauare jawline or dimpled cheeks.

The list is endless like creation itself
But do know, there is always a story
Behind every face that we see
And that’s what makes it interesting.

Every face is unique by its own right
Faces can mask a million emotions
In a facade of appearances
But the body never lies, its movements gives it all away.

Lookout for all the subtle signs
A twitch here and a gaze there
A wide smile that never reaches the eyes
Or a vacant stare out in the yonder…

All said and done
There is much that intrigues in a face
For it takes you to that special place
In reflections of the truth in the illusions .

Savvy


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Creative Enrichments

WordPress certainly has its unique ways
Of appreciation and encouragement
To support the writers on this platform
There are stats that show up on screen.

So I am told one morning by WordPress
That I am on a three-day posting streak
At first, I was amused and a tad bit confused
For hadn’t I been posting literally every day… for so long…

But guess WordPress took its own sweet time
To catch up to my blog amongst the millions
So I too decided to play along…
Every day since then I have been publishing

A poem written afresh, simply inspired
A continuation from my previous post
In creatives emerging in thoughts.
Perhaps from a readers comment
Or better still in its contemplation.

Today as I complete a 10-day streak
I want to share these published posts
Here together in an attempt to string
These beads of thoughts together

Poetry can be the jewellery of language.
Pearls of fresh thoughts bonded into words.
Creativity strung together in a form.
Like a necklace that is adorned in appreciation.

Creativity is there within
Us all for the taking
And all it needs is a step in
In reflection and action…

It was a joy to play along
Connecting the dots,
Stringing the words,
As they came along.

Kudos to WordPress

Stats for the supportive inputs
And my amazing blogger friends

For inspirations along my way.

Savvy

Here are the links of the last 10 day Post streak that I will simply call Creative Enrichments

A few observations …

These ten days I had a purpose steeped in creative enrichment. The idea was to be receptive and responsive to whatever that these posts brought forth.

And I sensed how these Inspirations came my way on its own.

A special thanks to a few WordPress writers who are involved without their own knowledge… that I want to thank here.

Dr Sridhar from

https://philosophyviaphotos.wordpress.com

for sending that poetry challenge up my alley and asking a profound question that made me write some more.

Efi from

https://efisoul63.wordpress.com

for mentioning and sharing some interesting links that inspired me along the way.

Sadje from https://lifeafter50forwomen.com

a new friend I made in these few days for her kind and generous words of heartfelt appreciation.

Dutch from

https://onthepathleasttraveled.wordpress.com

for being there with words of encouragement and sharing apt and brilliant quotes in goodwill every step of the way. They are truly thoughtful insights. Do keep them coming.

Annie from

https://anniegoose.wordpress.com

a new friend thanks to this writing streak

and my friend from

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com

both whose shares and reblog of these posts, spirited my writing with their kind gestures.

And to all my fellow readers who liked shared and commented in these posts every day.

Thank you all.🙏

Any act of creativity is a collaboration of thoughts and ideas that spring forth from everywhere .

Savvy

Day 1
3 Day Lyrical posts Day I

https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2St

Day 2
Lyrical Challenge Day 2
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2Sm

Day 3
Lyrical Challenge Day3
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2Ss

Day 4
Sunflower trait
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2S3

Day 5
Creativity and Humility
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2QJ

Day 6
The Potent Now
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2TB

Day 7
On Expressions
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2TS

Day 8
Perspective
https://savvyraj.com/2018/09/28/perspective/#

Day 9
Waltz of the words
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2Uu

Day 10
Windows of the Soul
https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2Uc


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Creativity & Humility

Creativity is innate potential.

Deeply entwined in humility

In every realisation of potential infinite

Creation manifests itself time and again.

So much to know and understand

So much to learn and discover

So much to explore and fathom

Lifetimes are never enough

Such is the potential of the infinitum.

Creativity is embedded and enmeshed with emotions. To create is to connect with the core and the depth of the being.

Savvy

In the flow of creation

Is the acknowledgement

Of the letting go

In the depth of creation

There is only pure potential

Where I, Me or Myself

Ego plays ceases to exist.

Expressions are conceived

In the potentials intention

They will find purpose

In the very strength of intention

That elevates consciousness

Beyond pride and prestige

Beyond fame and fortune.

As creativity tunes in to sense

The subtlest of emotion.

In the shaping and the blending

From thoughts to action

Creativity and humility

Go hand in hand in sublimity.

Have you any experience on the interconnects of creativity and humility? Do care to share.

A few of my posts related to Creativity

https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-2Pj

https://savvyraj.com/2018/08/21/art-creating-the-symphony-of-life/

https://savvyraj.com/2018/07/23/10-tools-to-manifest-creative-flow/

On Creativity https://savvyraj.com/2018/04/01/on-creativity/


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Favourite Songs Day 1

3 Day Lyrical posts

Challenge accepted.

Day 1

My sincere thanks to Dr Sridhar for nominating me for a ‘3 day Lyric Challenge’
Please do check his wonderful blog at
Philosophy Through Photography

And dwell into the philosophical angle of his photos which is his area of deep interest as well.
Hence the apt title.

My choice for Day 1 of the Lyrical Challenge is byLeonard Cohen’s

Dance Me To The End Of Love”

As you click on his name above, you will see the link to my earlier dedication to this wonderful artist.

Have posted one of my favourite video of this song here . Do watch!

Here are the lyrics…

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of loveDance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of loveDance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of loveDance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

To day my nominees to this challenge are:

1

https://efisoul63.wordpress.com/

2 https://happymesshappiness.wordpress.com/

3 https://mayawillemse.wordpress.com

Rules:
1.Thank the person who nominated you.
2.Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
3.Nominate three other bloggers each day.

Savvy Raj
http://www.savvyraj.com


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Subtlety & Grace of Transpersonal Love

Communion: A boundless bond An artwork by Savvy Raj

When one reaches a realm where every thought trangresses the personal self and senses are transmuted to infinity.

Where there are no boundaries of feeling bound, where every connection is a give and the sharing extends much beyond the taking with unconditional love and grace in every action.

Where being in touch with one’s most conscious self, there are no disappointments,failures, stress or pressure of approvals or disapproval.

Where the body mind and spirit feels alive to every moment that life has to offer…in a nonjudgmental space that is acknowledging of one another as they are…

There is an acknowledgement of Subtlety and Grace of Transpersonal Love.

Universally this stream of unconditional love is flowing in all beings and its just a matter of time and energy to bring this to conscious awareness.

Savvy Raj

Image Credits A painting by Savvy Raj

http://www.savvyraj.com

And I reshare this post thanks to the lovely quote share by my dear friend Ashok Subarao who thoughfully sends inspiring quotes and pictures for me to write and paint on .

This quote share by William Blake resonated deeply with what I had written on Transpersonal Love . So I simply had to incorporate it here and what was interesting to me to note was how the image colours of the quote you sent and matched so beautifully with my painting drawn back in time .

Thank you for your kind shares once again .


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On Encouragement

Correction does much,

but encouragement does more.

Like the sun after a shower!

Encouragement offers,

To appreciate to support

To foster to enrich,

To uplift, to inspire

To rally, to cheer

To motivate, to stimulate…

To boost and to embolden.

To encourage and to build hope.

Choose encouragement every time .

Savvy


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Who says?

Who says poetry is just made with words?

There is poetry made in the melody of tunes.
There is poetry that flows in colour and hues.

There is poetry in the joy of two beating hearts as one.

There is poetry in shaping clay on a potters wheel.

There is poetry is the ebb and flow of the waves.
There is poetry in the gushing streams of wilderness.

There is poetry in the chirping of birds.

There is poetry in the joy of a heartfelt smile.

There is poetry in dewdrops dancing on leaves.

There is poetry is stroke of brush on paper.

There is poetry in the heart of two dancing souls
There is poetry in the ecstatic tango of the feet.

There is poetry in the hearts of lovers uniting.
There is poetry of divinity in faith and prayer.

There is poetry in sacred geometry.
There is poetry in the elements of nature.

If we choose…

There is poetry in the magic of life and living.
And then comes the poetry of the pen to paper waxing eloquent.
For yet we love to read words to sense the unique poetry that we actually are.

Poetry is in who we are, as we are, the way we are…
As is the flow, the flow is us.
We are born of poetry of stars,
Of spaces in betwixt and between.
We are verses in the vividity.
Just as much in the subtlety.
And in the sublimity.

Savvy