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Lady with a Basket, Bali, Indonesia

January 3, 2014  -  Women

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

A morning scene at a market place in Ubud, Bali. This photo was taken in 2007. In a space of 7 years Ubud has changed from a picturesque Balinese village to a bustling tourist town with endless rows of shops selling the same thing. I missed the old Ubud during my recent visit there in September 2013.

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Traditions are alive in Rajasthan

June 23, 2013  -  Women

One of the things I love about the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India is that many of the men and women still wear their traditional dresses. It’s so nice to see people who are proud of their heritage. Here’s a photo that I took a few years ago in a little village outside the town of Pushkar.

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Lady at the Well, Rajasthan

May 9, 2013  -  Women

Earlier this I was traveling from Udaipur in southern Rajasthan to Jodhpur in the north on our spiritual and photographic adventure. About an hour or two outside of Udaipur we passed through a farming community with old irrigation systems. It was fascinating to see something that was used hundreds of years ago still in use today. There were many ladies at the well gathering water for their daily use. One in particular was clad in a beautiful sari. Here’s a series of her at the well.

 

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Can Women be Monks?

January 21, 2013  -  Monks & Priests, Women

It is a question I get asked quite often and the answer, at least in the Hindu religion, is Yes! And if you want to be pedantic then they would more appropriately be called nuns.

In Hinduism men and women can attain the same heights of spiritual awakening. It is taught that God is equally present in all. Women tend to naturally gravitate towards the householder path hence you see more men as monastics as oppose to women. However, throughout time there have been many women monastics in Hinduism who have been greatly respected by Hindus all over the world.

At the Kumbh Mela festival in Hardwar that I attended in January 2010 there were a small contingent of nuns. Some were in the role of gurus, spiritual leaders with small to large groups of disciples and then there were a few women ascetics who appeared to be more reclusive.

Here are some images that I took at the Kumbh Mela of these Hindu nuns – gurus and anchorites, a small photographic insight into the world of women and the monastic path.

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

Women monks in Hinduism at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar

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