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taking a moment
drawing the world
finding the way to connection
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

In Service

Back at the Ellora caves . . .

(for the beginning of the story see previous posts -

I notice I'm not ready to take on the "big guys" -
the dynamic gods and enormous seated buddhas.
Instead I focus in on the attendants, the guardians,
the helpers . . .

Nandi the Bull is the mount and gatekeeper 
for the god Shiva and his consort Parvati

Later in the day
I focus on the small figures above me - 
looking down . . .

Next morning at the Shiva cave 29
I am completely surrounded by a crowd 
of children from Uttar Pradesh. 
Bright-eyed girls with colorful jewelry and hennaed hands - 
slender boys with sparkling tikka marks on their foreheads - 
all so curious and excited ! 
Many photos are taken as I draw -

At the last Jain cave (32), 
finding a quiet spot . . . 

Everything is about to change - 
(searching everywhere, then pulled into the complex process
of acquiring a phone in India).

But first - for a long moment - 
I just keep drawing - 
absorbed and happy.