The dynamic space-process that Martin Heidegger calls ‘Enchanted Regioning’: Enlightenment and ‘Thoughts from the far East’

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The Pine Tree, Coronation Throne, Norbugang Chorten, Yuksum, West Sikkim

The tree blooms in spring               561

Standing before it, I

Exchanging grace

In a silent rapture

A thousand years have passed

On this ground where we live and die

The tree and I,

Have felt the wetness of the air

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Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy

And the wind rushing through the pines

Megha Malhar Raga

Megha Malhar Raga, Hindustani Classical Raga, Associated with the power to bring out rains

Recollecting each and every name

Like a flame

Of the birds and stars, mountains and rivers

Adjacent to each other we stood

The skull and the wood

Green leaves and hair

Teeth and thorns

Shredded underneath this ground

Where we live and die…

listen to Raga Megha Malhar Pandit Jasraj

Holy Mother Sarada Maa

Sarada Maa

Puja antarer puja

Khuje paoyar puja

Chena achenar ei bandhan theke mukti paoyer puja

Jaha bastob tahai satya tahai ananter antar darshaner ananda dhyan

Paripurnatar akhanda jyoti te she nejeke utshorgo koriachey

Ei jyoti antarer bashoman pratik

The only symbol of an eternal deliverance

Sabda Taranga theke bodher uday

Akhyar parichay shei ananter nirbak sritir madhur saisaber bandana

Words are a process of creation of the manifest from the unmanifested sempiternal childhood

There is a field of silence called the lateral unborn field of union

Martin Heidegger called it ‘enchanted regioning’

Rabindranath Tagore and Divine Mother (Mirra Alfassa), Japan,

Rabindranath Tagore and Divine Mother, Japan, circa 1917

In Zen, it is the space of enlightenment; it is dynamic

Sahasra lahari samudrer kampane ek sroter milito pran

Sudhu theke jay nritya o tar chirantan chetona

Sudhu theke jay shei chetona phooler kushume

Jhara patar sree angane

Suryer taploke

Ba jyotshnay snighdha pakhiralaye

Meshpalak unmukto haste dhariyachey meghomallar ke

Baje rudra bina prati koshe

Er artha jagoron maha-mantrer jagoron

Sabda taranger dyoti kaler strot ke shodhon kariachey

“Mother is the discoverer of Man’s secret after he has been stripped of his machines, his religions, his spiritualisms and his materialisms, his Western or Eastern ideologies — when he is himself, simply a heart beating and calling for the Earth-of-Truth, simply a body calling for the Truth of the body, like the seagull’s cry for space and high wind.

It is her secret and her discovery that I will try to tell you.

For Mother is a fairy tale in the cells of the body.

A human cell, what is it?

Another concentration camp … biological this time?”

Or a passport to … where? – The Mind of the Cells, Satprem

-J


Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs, outpacing global economy for 6th consecutive year, WTTC

Travel & Tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016 as the sector grew by 3.3%, outpacing the global economy for the sixth year in a row, reads a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of Travel & Tourism impact on global level, for 25 regions, and 185 countries.

According to the research, Travel & Tourism grew by 3.3% in 2016, generating US$7.6 trillion worldwide, which is 10.2% of global GDP when the direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector supported a total of 292 million jobs in 2016, which is 1 in 10 of all jobs in the world

Additionally, global visitor exports, which is money spent by foreign visitors, accounted for 6.6% of total world exports, and almost 30% of total world services exports.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “This is the sixth year in a row that Travel & Tourism has outpaced the global economy, showing the sector’s resilience, and the eagerness of people to continue to travel and discover new places, despite economic and political challenges across the world.

The continuous growth of our sector underlines the significance of business and leisure travel in driving economic development and job creation throughout the world.”

Southeast Asia (8.3%) was the region with the fastest growing Travel & Tourism sector in 2016, driven by the expanding Chinese outbound market and the countries own growing markets. Latin America (0.2%) was the slowest growing region. Some countries performed well above the world average, but the Brazilian economy dragged down the whole region.

The other regions registered the following growth: South Asia (7.9%), North East Asia (4.6%), Oceania (4.4%), the Caribbean (3.2%), North America (3.1%), the Middle East (2.7%), Sub-Saharan Africa (2.4%) and Europe (1.6%).

Travel & Tourism is expected to grow by 3.8% in 2017, generating US$ 7.9 trillion. This growth is slower than previously forecast, as a result of a downgrade to the global economy and a dampening of consumer spending.

Over the next decade the sector is forecast to grow at an average of 3.9% per year. By 2027 it will generate more than 11% of the world’s GDP and employ a total of 380 million people. One quarter of all jobs created in the next decade will be supported by Travel & Tourism.

Scowsill continued “The future prospects for Travel & Tourism are good, but the sector continues to face challenges. The impact of terrorism and the rise of populism pose a severe risk to the ability of people to travel efficiently and securely. The sector itself needs urgently to address the impact of growth on destinations and its own contribution to climate change if it is to be sustainable in the long term. The UN’s 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a perfect opportunity to explore solutions together. We look forward to welcoming delegates at our upcoming Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 April where these challenges will be addressed.”

About WTTC:

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. Every year WTTC, together with Oxford Economics, produces its flagship Economic Impact Report, which looks at the socioeconomic benefits of Travel & Tourism on global, regional and country level. This year the report shows data on 25 regional groupings and 185 countries.

Travel & Tourism is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. The sector contributes US$7.6 trillion or 10.2% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector also accounts for 292 million jobs or one in ten of all jobs on the planet.

For over 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world’s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses, who bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, and raise awareness of the importance of the sector.

WTTC’s annual Global Summit brings together over 900 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry’s power to be a positive force in sustainability. This year’s Summit will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 – 27 April 2017.

Annebeth Wijtenburg

Communications Manager

annebeth.wijtenburg@wttc.org

+44 (0) 207 481 6483

The Shantiniketan Express: At the Supreme Summit, the Observer creates His Own Ontology by Being there at that ‘Moment'(E-Ternity to I-Ternity)/Vector-Equlibrium

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‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever’, Endymion, John Keats /Photograph of a Rare Species of Blue Lotus at Shantiniketan, Bolpur

The 6 precepts of Tilopa are No Thought, No Reflection, No Analysis, No Cultivation, No Intention; let it settle itself. That is complete surrender to the Divine Mother’s Force and Grace. It exercises ‘Sahaja Mukti’ or ‘easy’ or ‘natural state’ of the liberated sage. Immediate Awakening and Naturalness are the same thing, it is the most direct way communicated not by the sutras but through direct contact with the Divine.

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Devi Maa Phullora, Labhpur (Blloming), Birbhum, one of 51 Shakti Peeths (Maa Sati’s Lower Lip fell here at this place (*Important Vortex Point, Birbhum)

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Lord Shiva Panchanana, Andra Pradesh circa 1720-1730 at National Library of France

Moments are eternized flying birds

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Inside Tribal Village at Shantiniketan, Bolpur

They are not subject to death and desolation

They carry with them scriptures on the stone

Worshipped for ages

By all sentient beings

By the wind and the seas

By the fireflies, the heron and the pike

Alone She stood like a red vermillion sun

That lights the stars in the spiral galaxies

Her tender lips kissed by the sky and the grass

She played as a child

In the wild

Like raindrops on the lotus leaf

Adumbrating the great design of her creation

Inside the heart her rhythm raptures the soul

There are no differentiating lines

But only a still centre

Where the lotus blooms

To delight her eyes

The inner rhythm manifesting the object of her Will

That cannot but be only from the naught

Adore every passing moment

By a touch without touching

Grace to the flying birds

That will become the frieze on a Grecian urn.

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Basuli  and other Temples that are associated with Medieval Bengali Lyrical Poet Chandidas circa 17th and 18th century, Nanoor, Birbhum

“There is nothing equal to wearing clothes and eating food. Outside this there are neither Buddhas and Patriarchs”. (Zenrin Poem)

At the center of the space b/w the 2 brows there is a Diamond Lotus of 2 petals presided by ‘Hamsa Devata’ and ‘Susumna Shakti’ -this in the morphological body is the Ajna Chakra that corresponds to Vijnana State and Anupama Vak and to the half mantra of Pranava.

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Sonajhuri Forest (Acacia Auriculi and the Slow Moving Kopai River, Shantiniketan, Birbhum

An old pond

A frog jumps in

Water’s sound. (Matsuo Basho, Zen Poet, Japan)

In the Zen, Being-Now State, it is not that moments change or that time flies but rather that the Observer is brought to the present, as if time is created by the presence of the observer who witnesses the event of the frog jumping into the pond. The spectator or observer being there at that moment creates its own ontology. Moments occur and perception follows it and its all Empty Cognizance.

-J

Art as Self-Reflection of Nature’s Myriad Moods in the Miniature: Kokyo Hatanaka’s Nihonga Art Movement and the Entanglement with the Quantum Self

Art as Self-Reflection of Nature’s Myriad Moods in the Miniature: Kokyo Hatanaka’s Nihonga Art Movement and the Entanglement with the Quantum Self 

Kokyo Hatanaka painting Revival of 1000 yr old Nihonga Art Movement of Japan with Indian Miniature Painting

Kokyo Hatanaka painting Revival of 1000 yr old Nihonga Art Movement of Japan with Indian Miniature Painting

To celebrate 60 years of India-Japan Relations, Japanese painter Kokyo Hatanaka brings the 1000 year old Nihonga art to India showcasing the entanglement of themes belonging to Indian miniature paintings reviving an old art form that uses nature pigment colours to infuse life and movement in the still frames. 

Art is a process that takes place – one doesn’t do art – the true art of nature is a self-revelatory process of conjugation with itself. The artist is merely a participant in the process of creation – he is the eternal audience who observes what is happening to him. And in the stillness of symmetry he observes the swift annihilation of forms and concepts, and, therefore, becomes the witness to this great process of form making from super-luminescent to luminescent to finite size, shape, color that constitutes the artistic canvas of his great inner and outer exploration.  Every art form is a deeper realization of this transformative process of nature – nature re-organizes itself in manifold ways – it synthesizes and re-synthesizes itself and there is no purpose behind it except evolution. The feelings of the artist is not his own, it belongs to nature; the colours he uses belongs to nature, brushstrokes, palette and everything else belongs to nature – he only observes the total unity manifesting itself through interactions giving rise to an illusion of many distinctive forms and processes. But when the artist wakes up, or, the poet embraces the moment he is in, he sees reality as a constant play within nature as a self-reflective artistic process that gives pure delight and nothing else.

the yellow moon’s tender caress            

Rabindranath Tagore in Japan circa 1916 taken at Dr. Masujima's garden. Prof Nakagiri of Waseda University is sitting to the right of Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore in Japan circa 1916 taken at Dr. Masujima’s garden. Prof Nakagiri of Waseda University is sitting to the right of Tagore.

left the bridal kiss

On scattered petals

They awake with colours and scent

foaming on the white ocean

every nerve repeats the form

unknown to the mystery it unravels

dissolves in the void

left the moment’s signature on the canvas

for the pure revelation of an artistic cause

 

– J