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the soul in the body: just passin’ through

Spring 2001: Priya, Gopal, Kalindi, Kava, Rasa

the body changes, the soul is eternal

Spring 2011: Priya, Gopal, Kalindi, Kava, Rasa

These pictures don’t show “growing up,” Bhagavad-gita says, but “changing bodies.” At every moment our body becomes infinitesimally different from the previous moment. The cumulative effect of these innumerable changes is dramatic (I’d love to take pictures of Priya and her friends again in 2021, 2031…).

the author of the Bhagavad-gita for children, teens and the rest of us

Yours truly, 1951 and 2011

The more time that passes, the more dramatic the body’s changes, but our essential spiritual nature, the soul, doesn’t change. And that soul, the Bhagavad-gita says, is who we are. 

at 21 Barstow Road, Great Neck, N.Y. with Louise Foord Papert

Sharanagati’s passing seasons repeatedly remind me of life’s inevitable cyclical nature: the gray, short days of winter are brightened by the certainty of a lush spring to follow. In the same way, life’s wintery parts will surely be followed by a welcoming spring. My goal is to be grateful for each day as it comes.

From the Bhagavad-gita: “All of us existed as individuals in the past, we exist as individuals now, and in the future we shall continue to exist as individuals. We were existing, we are existing and we will exist. Only the body experiences birth, death, disease and old age, not the soul within. “

May, 2011

  1. Srutirupa permalink

    I love it!!! And would also like to see them all in the different 10 year stages and yes, to see the beauty in all as in the changing seasons, as in the changing seasons of our lives. There is truth and beauty in everything when seen in relation to Krsna, at every step, so then, yes, much to be grateful for. Thank you for this.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Srutirupa, it truly picks up on and adds to the mood of the page.

  3. a pleasant, so far, changing bodies diorama. I often look at pictures of Rasacarya from infant to married adult. All the best. Change is captivating, but best to be aware but not endlessly caught up in it.

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