Friday, January 28, 2011

Jai Maharashtra Where Law And Order Takes A Dip

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peace hope
we all worship
hindus muslims
all communities
a sacred mantra
called friendship
but today a man
is publicly burnt
for doing his duty
a silence searching
for truthful lips
a nexus of oil mafia
leaders sailing
in the same ship
a thought our
conscience whips
scams corruption
farmer suicides
weeping onions
the common mans
guts get ripped
a woman raped
a woman stripped
the girl child
is no more safe
once more she trips
more hardships
as a poet
as a photographer
as a maharashtrian
as a mumbaikar
lastly as an indian
i hurt as my soul
outstrips tears on
the soul of my
cultural inheritance
hope hindutva
my kinship
the land
where i live
in total eclipse
death of democracy
i hate this script

The Dhobi at Bandra Hill Road Dreams of a Woman

Bandra Hill Road,,, Bandra Chill Road

The Hijab Second Skin of Faith

Sometimes I Shoot From The Hip

Eyes and Lips At My Finger Tips


INRI, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

INRI is an acronym of the Latin inscription IESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which translates to English as "Jesus the Nazarene (Galilean), King of the Jews (Judeans)". The Greek equivalent of this phrase, Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων (Iesous ho Nazoraios ho Basileus ton Ioudaion), appears in the New Testament of the Christian Bible in the Gospel of John (19:19). Each of the other accounts of Jesus' death has a slightly different version for the inscription on Jesus' cross: Matthew (27:37), "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews"; Mark (15:26), "The King of the Jews"; and Luke (23:38), "This is the King of the Jews." John and Luke state it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, while Matthew and Mark describe it as the charge for crucifying Jesus. Luke states that it was a statement hung above Jesus's head. Since John's form is the most complete it is the one that is usually found on depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

In the Gospel of John (19:19-20), the inscription is explained:

And Pontius Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. (King James Version)

According to all four Gospels, Pilate challenged Jesus to deny that he was the "King of the Jews" and Jesus did not deny the accusation.[1]

According to John, the chief priests asked Pilate to change the inscription so that it did not say "the King of the Jews", but rather, "This man said he was the King of the Jews", but Pilate refused to change it, saying, "What I have written, I have written". (John 19:20-22)

Within Western Christianity, many crucifixes and other depictions of the crucifixion of Jesus include a stylized plaque or parchment, called a titulus, or title, bearing only the Latin letters INRI, occasionally carved directly into the cross and usually just above the head of Jesus.

Devotional enthusiasm greeted the discovery by Cardinal Pedro González de Mendoza in 1492 of what was acclaimed as the actual tablet, said to have been brought to Rome by Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine.[2]

One traditional alchemy-influenced alternative interpretation of INRI is the Latin phrase IGNE NATURA RENOVATUR INTEGRA, meaning approximately "By fire, nature is restored and made fresh"[citation needed] (see List of Latin phrases). Some opponents of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) claimed that they made INRI stand for IUSTUM NECARE REGES IMPIOS, Latin for "It is just to kill impious kings."[citation needed] Further interpretations include INTRA NOBIS REGNUM IEHOVA, which roughly means “The Kingdom of God is within us”.[3]

In the East (both Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox) use the Greek letters INBI, based on the Greek version of the inscription, Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων. Some representations change the title to "ΙΝΒΚ" ὁ Bασιλεὺς τοῦ κόσμου ("The King of the World"), or to ὁ Bασιλεὺς τῆς Δόξης ("The King of Glory"), not implying that this was really what was written but reflecting the tradition that icons depict the spiritual reality rather than the physical reality. Some other Eastern Orthodox churches (such as the Romanian Orthodox Church) use the Latin version, INRI, which is the same to the abbreviation of the Romanian equivalent. The Russian Orthodox Church uses ІНЦІ (the Church Slavonic equivalent of INBI) or the abbreviation Цръ Слвы ("King of Glory").

Mumbai My Paradise on Earth

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the city of my birth
adab tehzeeb
lost illusions
worldly worth
from the age
of one till now
my karmic
my paradise
on earth

The Beggars of Hussain Tekri Jaora

Blogging The Soul of Incomplete Dreams

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the spirit
of survival
in rigor mortis
as the flesh
howls yells
tears running
down barren
the soul
of incomplete
all steam
in a corridor
quite lonely
it seems
the feet
of the all

Holistic Healing of The Possessed Through Loban Smoke Hussain Tekri Jaorah

Holistic Healing of The Possessed Through Loban Smoke Hussain Tekri Jaorah

The Possessed

mind battered
soul regressed
bodily enslaved
chained depressed
god the creator
forgot to bless
life here hereafter
in total mess
under the dominion
of the devil the holy
spirit transgressed
word pressed
nights timelessness
on a sleepless bed
craving for the loban
smoke at hussain tekri
time racing ahead
molten lava melting lead
fiery balls cosmic red

the living dead
the living dead
the living dead

dedicated to dear friend ghulam chippa

Missing Dr Glenn Losack MD ..Hussain Tekri Jaorah Beckons

I did not have the time nor the inclination to sit down take this picture he was floating in pain so was I ...he looked up at me I could not look down at him..unfortunately.'..

I shot a moment and left it as timelessness beyond space and reality..

dr glenn losack
a mind memorizing ;
lost moments
that crack
a simple question
stop bullshitting
tell me 'when
will you be back
you your camera
'your portable mac
a lens for marziya
in your backpack
a thought to track
a brooklyn jew
'a shia blogger
a kosher snack

Humility Thy Name Is Imam Hussain

The poor who come here to be holistically healed lovers followers of Imam Hussain sleep on the roads , field, food is free from the various community kitchen including the Hyderabaid Irani langar and the Langar house.

Some beg , some live on left overs of the more affluent and this is humility at Hussain Tekri Jaorah.

There are free medical camps run by the local government good police bandobast and great security.

The MP Police is kind courteous very helpful and respectful..there is a Fire Brigade too.

Hijabs were selling like hot cakes , chains challas agarbatis ..spiritual items ..

I met a lot of Naga Sadhus from the Juna Akhada too.

I met a Hijra too with his young daughter ..yes the Hijra stalks the spirituality of my soul wherever I go.

I shot a lot of beggars possessed people and the pond where they do penance in sewer water.

I was revisiting Hussain Tekri Jaorah after 7 years.

Beyond Caste Color Coummunity Love of Imam Hussain Hussain Tekri Jaorah

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Hordes of Hindus , tribals , a lot of Sunni Muslims , a few Sikhs and a huge contingent of Shias from all over India including Iran land up at Hussain Tekr Jaorah for Chehlum celebrations and mourning for Imam Hussain.

Hussain Tekri Jaorah means different things to different people ,and you cant change the mind set of people of varies cultural hues ,for some it is a Mela or Fair, for some who believe in Dargah its is a Urus for the possessed it is a holistic healing pace.

Pick pocketeers thieves con man all come to Hussain Tekri Jaorah.

The Shias have one aspect in mind only that is Ghame Hussain so Shias from all over India come and do Azadari and matam.

The famous few are the Mumbaikar Shias , the Kashmiri shias , hias from Lucknow Hyderabad and Indore Bhopal, the Hyderabadi Irani hoteliers come here to feed the poor .

There is a newly opened langar house by a Shia Momin from Delhi I never met him and whatever his credentials to piety I found his Langar House to ostentatious loud colorful looking like an auditorium unfortunately Imam Hussain never had such luxury in his life.

Imam Hussain is a story of humility simplicity and human pain , these are my personal views without bias ,the gentleman all be it has done a lot and my words should not be a deterrent to his good work.

Hindu Followers of Imam Hussain at Hussain Tekri Jaorah

[Shia Group] Hindu Followers of Imam Hussian

Naqvi Al Bukhari
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 21:48:50 -0800

Let the humans be awake, Every Community will say 'Hussian is

One of the most important events in Islam is the battle of Karbala
fought in 680 CE in which Hazrat Imam Hussain, grandson of the Prophet
and son of Fatima Zehra and her husband Imam Ali, was killed along
with a small band of disciples and family members in a bloody war
against the tyrant Muslim ruler Yazid.
This event occurred in the Islamic month of Muharram, and it is
for this reason that this month is observed with great solemnity
across the world including India -- the land of peace where Imam
wanted to go.
In India, what is particularly striking about the observances of
Muharram is the prominent participation of Hindus especially in
northern parts of the country in the ritual mourning.
In several towns and villages, Hindus join Muslims in lamenting
the death of Hussain, by sponsoring or taking part in lamentation
rituals and tazia processions.
In Lucknow, seat of the Shia nawabs of Awadh, prominent Hindu
noblemen like Raja Tikait Rai and Raja Bilas Rai built Imambaras to
house alams, standards representing the Karbala event. Among certain
Hindu castes in Rajasthan, the Karbala battle is recounted by staging
plays in which the death of Imam Hussain is enacted, after which the
women of the village come out in a procession, crying and cursing
Yazid for his cruelty.
In large parts of rural India, Hindus believe that if barren women
slip under a Moharrum alam they would be blessed with a child.
Perhaps the most intriguing case of Hindu veneration of Imam
Hussain is to be found among the small Hussaini Brahmin sect, also
called Dutts or Mohiyals, who are found mainly in Punjab and in
eastern some parts India including Bihar.
The Hussaini Brahmins have had a long martial tradition, which
they trace back to the event of Karbala. They believe that an ancestor
named Rahab traveled all the way from Punjab to Arabia, where he
became a disciple of Imam Hussain.
Some Mohyal Brahmins migrated eastward and became as some sub-
divisions of Bhumihar Brahmins, some of whom are also descendants of
Hussaini Brahmins and mourn the death of Imam Hussain.
In the battle of Karbala, Rahab fought alongside Imam against
Yazid. His sons, too, joined him, and most of them were killed. The
Imam, seeing Rahab’s love for him, bestowed upon him the title of
Sultan or king, and told him to go back to India. It is because from
this close bond between Rahab and Imam Hussain that the Hussaini
Brahmins derive their name.
After Rahab and those of his sons who survived the battle of
Karbala reached India, they settled down in the western Punjab and
gradually a community grew around them. The Hussaini Brahmins
practised an intriguing blend of Islamic and Hindu traditions. A
popular saying refers to the Hussaini Brahmins or Dutts thus:

Wah Dutt Sultan,
Hindu ka Dharm
Musalman ka Iman,
Adha Hindu Adha Musalman
Oh! Dutt, the king
[Who follows] the religion of the Hindu
And the faith of the Muslim
Half Hindu, half Muslim.

Another story is related as to how the Dutts of Punjab came to be
known as Hussaini Brahmins. According to this version, one of the
wives of Imam Hussain, the Persian princess Shahr Banu, was the sister
of Chandra Lekha or Mehr Banu, the wife of an Indian king called
When it became clear that Yazid was adamant on killing the Imam,
the Imam’s son Ali ibn Hussain rushed off a letter to Chandragupta
asking him for help against Yazid. When Chandragupta received the
letter, he dispatched a large army to Iraq to assist the Imam. By the
time they arrived, however, the Imam had been killed.
In the town of Kufa in Iraq, they met with one Mukhtar Saqaffi, a
disciple of the Imam, who arranged for them to stay in a special part
of the town, which even today is known by the name of Dair-i-Hindiya
or ‘the Indian quarter’.
Some Dutt Brahmins, under the leadership of one Bhurya Dutt, got
together with Mukhtar Saqafi to avenge the death of the Imam. They
stayed behind in Kufa, while the rest returned to India. Here they
built up a community of their own, calling themselves Hussaini
Brahmins, keeping alive the memory of their links with the Imam.
The Hussaini Brahmins believe that in the Bhagwadgita Krishna had
foretold the event of the Imam’s death at Karbala. According to them,
the Kalanki Purana, the last of eighteen Puranas, as well as the
Atharva Veda, the fourth Veda, refer to Imam Hussain as the divine
incarnation or avatar of the Kali Yug, the present age. They hold Imam
Ali, Imam Hussain’s father, and son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet
Muhammad, in particular reverence, referring to him with the honorific
title of ‘Om Murti’.
An eminent example of Hussaini Brahmins was Sir Ganesh Dutt Singh,
who was a freedom fighter, administrator and educationist in which
capacity he did a lot for improving education and health services in
the state in the pre-independence era. Sir Dutta made generous
donations from his earnings and personal property for the development
of educational institutions, like radium institute in Patna Medical
College, Darbhaga Medical College, Ayurvedic College and schools for
the blind, deaf and dumb, among others.A short film based on the life
and works of Sir Dutta has been made by Bollywood director Prakash Jha.

They The Nameless Faceless Come With Great Hope at Hussain Tekri Jaorah

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Hussain Tekri Jaorah is touted to be one of the most visited paces for holistic healing at the Holy Shrines of Shia Saints and irrespective of this claim people from all religion predominantly Hindus tribal s of all color caste and creed come here to be healed,some remain here for a long time and Hussain Tekri is nothing short of a asylum for the possessed , mentally and physically disabled.

As I was here for just a few days coinciding with the Chehlum of Imam Hussain , I did not have much time to shoot everything, but I shot extensively , I will not add text unless necessary.

I shot people as they approached my camera , I shot the Devils Tree and areas of the famous Mehdi Chowk, I shot the loban time when all the possessed come to inhale the holy smoke a cure for all and go into trance..

And this entire set at Flickr is a story board of images of pain morbidity depression on one side and the Shia mourning matam azadari on the other side,

My later images of the matam are graphic bloody and all this happens on the last day of Chehlum , I left Hussain Tekri the same night to catch up with the Chehlum in Mumbai the following day.

I have not yet posted the Mumbai Chelum pictures at all I shall do it after I complete this long series at Hussain Tekri Jaorah a visit of a life time, my second visit ..

The Unique Busheri Matam of Mumbai