A water stream flowing... (from Kodaikanal trip)
Watercolour on 250gsm Arches
Size: Quarter imperial

They say, ‘Water is Life’… but that’s just looking at it in a material way, like a resource…
The way I see it - LIFE is so identical to the natural streams that you find in the midst of nature, in jungles… and if left in its natural state - IT JUST HAS TO FLOW… and flow till it meets something larger… something like a greater cause, only then, does it seem complete.
Along the way, it mirrors so many reflections of all things overhanging, nothing its own. And within it - it seems to be controlled by the small obstacles that crop up unexpectedly, in all shapes … But all of these – overhanging and within - they really can't hold it for long… it might slow down, but nothing stops it, nothing should! When it does seem to slow down... it keeps trying… and you’ll see it bursting out or, flowing into small trickles … but still moving on - undaunted by large hindrances and small openings; a narrow gauges and heavy boulders on its way… it just moves on… because it has to…
Because the moment it halts… it becomes stagnant and unfit for life… so, NEVER STOP… MOVE ON… CARRY ON… ‘cause everything else is just a reflection, nothing is yours really…

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Comment by Soman Patnaik on September 2, 2014 at 1:47pm

Thank you Vanya Joseph

Comment by Vanya Joseph on June 15, 2014 at 11:44am


Comment by Soman Patnaik on December 27, 2013 at 12:39am

Aah! Thank you so much Prabha, Sumitha and Murali!!!

@Prabha: No...no.. absolutely not bored... your lines just illustrate the so many different ways to experience the true self - the self when it is aligned with the one that is all. Although, I am not religious in the true sense, but I really believe in this oneness... 

Comment by Muralidharan Alagar on December 26, 2013 at 3:01pm

Enjoyed seeing this Soman. Love the 'MOVE ON' stream and floating leaves. 

Comment by sundaram on December 26, 2013 at 2:43pm

So true Prabha Ma'am...

Comment by Prabha Subramanian on December 26, 2013 at 2:01pm

Beautiful Soman ji  as always.:)

Reading your lines prompts me to add my thoughts to it, if I may :) The life is like the flow of water which flows through crevices, streams ,rivers, over boulders or around them. Bending and taking the curves as they come in the way. After crossing all the ''obstacles'' it reaches the vast ocean where it merges with the ocean. This is the example given to explain a Jeeva atma ( Water) after it goes thru the materialistic (worldly) struggles, reaches the ocean the Paramatma. Only to realise  he is but the Paramatma only .

Sorry if I bored you . Could not help it :)

Comment by Soman Patnaik on December 26, 2013 at 12:41pm

Thank you Balraj!!!

Comment by Bharadwaj Balraj on December 26, 2013 at 10:30am

So complex, yet so beautiful!!!

Comment by Soman Patnaik on December 26, 2013 at 12:03am

Thank you so much GS, Prosenjit jee!!!

Comment by Prosenjit Roy on December 25, 2013 at 12:53pm

Wonderful work Somanda :) Lots of skill on display, and as GS has pointed out - the discrete areas of green, yellow, blue and red-brown make for a vibrant yet soothing composition as a whole. My only complain, I couldn't get to see a larger version :/ :P



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