Songs unsung in harmony

Krishna’s song to humanity is found in The Bhagavad Gita.

Krishna and Radha wear each other’s clothes and become one. Sometimes the name, spoken in one breath, RadheKrishna is used. Radha was Krishna’s love, but they never married. Perhaps they were one, and perhaps prevented by Shridhama’s curse that she would lose her memory and forget all about him.
Atelier of Raja Sansar Chand from The Blue God Lalit Akademi

I Ching

I Ching, The Book of Changes, 64 hexagrams made from eight trigrams made fro m minor yang line. When you consult the I Ching you get a hexagram. Any one of the lines may be moving or non of the lines moving here may or may not be moving lines ,

Moving Yin lines become Yang lines and moving Yang lines become Yin lines Each hexgram has six possibilities of change from one moving line in hexagram Using the example of hexagram Hsiao Kuo, starting at line 1, bottom line, are examples of the changes. When the first line is moving Hsiao is becoming Feng, and so on. See how the visual feels, the interplay between Yin and Yang, as the hexagram changes.

Too many lines moving can become confusing but I Ching keeps it simple.

Painting on the side of building off Market St in San Francisco

Alameda Creek

Since covad I have been everyday walking on the Alameda Creek levee.

A song is a group of notes with a beginning and an end.

A person’s life is like one long song, a group of notes with birth and death being the beginning and end.

With a song you can write it and practice it over and over until you get it right.

The song of a person’s life starts with no practice, no written notes, one day it just starts and one day it just ends.

You can sing songs in harmony with others and create a beautiful sound

There is a song of humanity, a song you can hear anytime if you listen, being sung by everyone at once.

With no rehearsing, and whether is little harmony, its a cacophoney.

Some songs are painful to hear so some people avoid listening to the song of humanity .

Its can be just as hard to listen to someone’s songs sadness as it is to hear someone’s songs of happiness.

But we still get up in the morning and sing it again.

We all have things we cannot hide and still we have to show them in public.

And learn to live with them.

Myself?, I needed to be pushed as if my eyes could not see.

My mother had a stroke, severe memory loss and expressive aphasia and lived in a memory care facility. We would see her everyday and when possible take her out for a walk. I cannot say for sure that mom knew I was her son, she just know I came every day.

My sister whole in Japan sent her cards every week. I cannot say that mom knew the cards were from her daughter but she was happy to get them and both the walk and the cards in the mail gave her a meaning.

Sometimes it may feel like you are singing your song and no one hears you . . .

Or someone hears you and puts a harmony on top.

I usually close with an image of myself, I see myself therefore I am.

So in emptiness there is no form;
no sensation, conception, discrimination, awareness;
no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
no color, sound, smell, taste, touch, phenomena;
no realm of sight, no realm of consciousness;
no ignorance and no end to ignorance,
no old age and death and no end to old age and death,
no suffering, no cause of suffering,
no extinguishing, no path, no wisdom, and no gain.
No gain and thus the bodhisattva lives Prajna Paramita,
with no hindrance in the mind; no hindrance, therefore no fear.

Heart Sutra Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva

On the Wings of Chun

The Sales Force Building, San Francisco.

Over the Civic Center Bart Station, San Francisco

Typical San Francisco.
One thing about public political organizations such as city, town, state, country, is constant change,. Those responsible for dealing with the change have their jobs because of the way things are and many actually work to keep thingst he way are.

Wonder what its like in the morning when the residents on this street get in their cars and drive to work.

Between Berkeley and San Fransisco, on the San Francisco side is the Maritime building and between the TransAmerica Building and the Martime building is a garden setting and a comedy venue, Below it is a parking lot.

Boston also has windows like this.

易經: I Ching or Yi Jing—More or Less about the The Book of Changes

Eight trigrams can be paired to make 64 different hexagrams. The trigrams are made of yin or yang lines. Throw three coins eight times, once for each line, tails =2, heads =3, each throw makes one line—6 or 7=a yin weak broken line and 8 or 9 = a solid strong yang line. Count from the bottom, the trigram (on the left) I threw was 7, 7, 8, 8, 6, 6, named Hsiao Kuo, its meaning is Preponderance of the Small.

The I Ching is about “changes.” The classicial Chinese perspective is the universe is made of yin and yang and changes are about the interaction between them. A 7 or 8 is a stationary line, and a 6 or a 9 is a moving line. In Hsiao Kuo the fifth and sixth line are moving to change the hexagram to Tun, Retreat.

If the 7s were 6s and the 6s were 7s then my hexagram Hsiao Kuo would be changing to a different hexagram.

For Hsiao Kuo:
Six in the fifth means:
Dense clouds,
No rain from our western territory.
The prince shoots and hits him who is in the cave.

Six at the top means:
He passes him by, not meeting him.
The flying bird leaves him.
Misfortune.
This means bad luck and injury

The I Ching Wilhelm/Baynes edition

San Francisco

In Hsiao Kan the yang strong lines enclosed by the yin weak lines become twice as strong in Tun because they are now supported by the yin weaker lines.

Honjo City, this may be a residence or a business, but it makes money with a vending machine.

Something I have not done for a long time. Newspapers are a different experience than new online, they are read once in the morning with coffee or in the evening after dinner in an overstuffed chair while online you read whenever you want and while the newspaper you get in the morning says the same thing all day, online is continuously updated.

Alameda Creek where I’s and no’s wander unbounded

What hills, what hills are those, my love
That rise so fair and high?
Those are the hills of heaven, my love
But not for you and I . . .

. . . And what hills, what hills are those, my love
Those hills so dark and low?
Those are the hills of hell, my love
Where you and I must go
. . . .

One time around spun our gallant ship
Two times around spun she
Three times around spun our gallant ship
And sank to the bottom of the sea


from The House Carpenter Traditional English song

And it’s good old country comfort in my bones
Just the sweetest sound my ears have ever known
Just an old-fashioned feeling fully-grown
Country comfort’s any truck that’s going home.


Contury Comfort Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Sometimes my only friend is loneliness but at least it never lies to me and I will never have any hopes things will get better. . .

If I knew the way I would take you home.
Ripple Grateful Dead.

Why do your war ships ride on my waters? 
Why do your bombs fall down from my skies? 
Why do you burn my farms and my towns down? 
I’ve got to know, friend, I’ve got to know!

I’ve got to know Woody Guthrie

Krishna playing flute and Gopas, “frolicking” in the fields. This probably illustrates Krishna raising Mount Govardhana to protect the inhabitants of Vraja from Indra’s terrorism.

You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello, hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye,
I say hello
Hello, hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye,
I say hello

Beatles song

Sometime I see myself everywhere and it looks like know where.

So, in emptiness, no form,
No feeling, thought, or choice,
Nor is there consciousness.
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind; No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch,
Or what the mind takes hold of,
Nor even act of sensing. . . .
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha 

Heart Sutra

Kǒng Fūzǐ an’ Metwo

Like many, I enjoy eating potato chips, too much. Once I open the package I cannot stop eating until they are all gone— I can stop, roll up the bag, put a rubber band around it and put it into the pantry, but it won’t be long until I’m back there removing the rubber band, unrolling the bag and munching and crunching again. By the end of the day I will have eaten 80% of the bag, if not all.
My solution has been to buy a bag of chips, put it into the pantry, and never open it. After a few months the chips are too stale to eat so I do not open it and when I go to the store and feel the desire to buy chips I remind myself —No Need Steve! There already is a bag in the pantry—its a fool’s argument but it seems to do the job.

However the downfall is at some point, maybe every 2-3 years I am overcome by the desire, I break open the bag of stale chips and start eating. Its a fool’s errand—I pay for them, but wait until they are stale to eat them.

This time of year we have persimmons on the tree in the back yard.

I Ching

Traditionally yarrow stalks were used to consult the I Ching. Later coins were used, they are simpler and easily available. Three coins are used, thrown six times, once for each line. Heads are counted as a three (3) and tails as a two (2) and add to determine each line. A six or a seven is a yin (broken) line and an 8 or 9 is a yang or solid line. Also a six or a nine is an active line “moving” to its opposite. Count from the bottom, a 9 in the first and fifth lines mean the yin lines are moving to yang lines and a 6 in the sixth yin line is moving to a yang line. The hexagram changes, both hexagrams have their own unique set of attributes which work together in harmony, as one changes to the other.

The Judgement
Waiting. If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
Persevervance brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the green water.
The Image
Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of Waiting.
Thus the superior magnets and drinks.
Is joyous and of good cheer.
The Judgement
Keeping Still, Keeping his back still
So that he no longer feels his body.
He goes into his courtyard
And does not see his people.
No blame.
The Image
Mountains standing close together:
The image of Keeping Still.
Thus he superior man
Does not permit his thoughts
To go beyond his situation.

A beautiful design on a shirt for the Annual Lummi canoe journey. The Lummi People are the original inhabitants of Washington’s northernmost coast and southern British Columbia. For thousands of years they lived on the shores and waters of Puget Sound.

Water Margin

Trapped at White Tiger Sanctum, Picture Stories from Chinese Classics, illustrated by Yen Meihua Beijing Zhaohua Publishing House.

A tale from Water Margin illustrated and published as a book of illustrations in 1982. One thing about illustrations is often its the “unimportant things” in an illustration that are interesting to people years later. This cover illustration is four color process but the brown at the bottom is a separate flat color and on the back the photograph is printed in the brown color with a screen of it. Printed on uncoated textured stock so probably no varnish.
Lin Chong , aka “Panther Head,” confronting Young Master Gao Yanei for making sexual advances on his wife. As Gao was a higher status it resulted in Lin Chong being sent to prison. Another hao han(好漢), “Hero of the Swamp” unjustly mistreated by corrupt government officials.

Stopped and stared at, at a red light, 1970, in Brighton, from the drivers seat I picked up the camera and shot.

Alameda Creek

Fast walking along the levee on Alameda Creek, almost every day since the Covad. Four miles, though not exactly every day sometime more sometimes less, Does it get boring??

This just popped up one day, I do not remember exactly not seeing it, except I know for over 10 years I did not see it. Lately I passed it a few times, I kind of remember seeing it but not stopping to look—

Someone suggested to me that I should not have so many photographs and less words, Make It Shorter!!!

Part of designing is to crop photographs. Most, probably all, photographers compose (design?) the photograph in the camera for a “Good full frame” final image.

As a marcom art director I always wanted photographs to have some cropping space for “unknown now but in future” marketing ideas where generally the dimensions of the space were different in size and shape requiring different croppings of the image.

Would it make any difference if you could see this person’s face, for me its enough to just feel the commitment to the walk in the gesture.

We don’t know what the person looks like, where they are going, or why they are going, these do not matter. A photograph does not have to be anything real or unreal, Its a real photograph whether its real or not.

Separate the image from the medium, the photograph is the medium, and not the image. Or for some the image is the photograph, and first, before the visual experience, they want know “What is it?” Is there a witness? Is there a word for it!!

All of these people walking around on their own, nothing I can do to stop them, I will never meet them, they have families, they eat, poop and sleep. But sometimes I do stop them, talk and get to know a little about them, and them about me. Some I have seen for years, met and never knew.

The rice grown formerly in Korea to serve to the Yi king was extremely delicious. The harvest was small, but each grain was well formed and a pleasure to look at. The only drawback was that was so tasty that it couldn’t be served when some other dish to be the centerpiece. That may sound strange, but all rice is tasty to begin with. Rice is the summum bonus of all that is good to eat—which is why w can eat it day in and day out without tiring of it.
Rosanjin 1947 UNCOMMON CLAY The life and Pottery of Rosenjin Cardozo & Hirano

I think of these people as inhabitants of another world that I can only know by these photographs, I can only observe them from across the creek, I do not know what they eat, what is their religion, do they pay their bills on time? or even: Are they more important than I am?

What can I see about them when never knowing their faces?

Little birdie little birdie
Come and sing me your song
You’ve a short time to be here
and a long time to be gone.

traditional bluegrass song

What can I know about them while never noing myself? It seems someone ridings bicycle while wearing a minimum bathing suit or maybe just his white underwear —maybe you wold call it a “loin cloth.?”

People may have their own little place, “In My Room” which we only see from the back.

I like the view of the window, we just see the top part, it gives the house a special feel .

Many images of Krishna are probably from different stories, maybe it does not matter what the traditional written story is about, the visual image has its own story to tell. You may have noticed when seeing color publications printed in India they have is a unique sense of color. So did societies all around the world until printing came around, along with an ever increasing demand for multiple copies of the same image.

See how intently Krishna is focused, I assume its Rukmini or Radha —maybe they are one and the same—holding the little cow on the leash as it is licked clean by its mother.

Commercial four color offset printing has done much to standardize the global color palate. The process of offset printing itself, where a pressman sets up the press to print run to a standard and works to maintain that standard for the whole run—The goal is each print looks the same and the skilled pressman constantly adjusts the press, which changes how it prints as it works , back to the“standard.”
In digital printing the code for printing a color is the same code in the software in all computers but when printed to any specific monitor the screen calibration is a unique quality of every computer. Your logo does not look, and perhaps not feel, the same from one computer screen to another but no one really knows as they are all too busy looking at their own screens.

Looking forward while standing in line at TJ’s.

The Buddha said,“Subhuti, if someone should claim, ‘The Tathagata teaches a dharma ’ such a claim would be untrue. Such a view of me, Subhuti, would be a misconception. And how so? In the teaching of a dharma, Subhuti, in the ‘teaching of a dharma’ there is no such dharma to be found as the ‘teaching of a dharma.
The Diamond Sutra translation by Red Pine’

or look to the side, just don’t look back.

Winder, Wunder, Wander

In 1970 I purchased a copy of the Wilhelm/Baynes I Ching, The Book of Changes 易經. Wilhelm translated it from Chinese to German which Baynes translated to English. I Ching is one of the oldest books in continuous print and use int he world

Western knowledge, rooted in science is based on the notion that change naturally occurs through causal relationships and knowledge is knowing the processes. In China the notion was that change is the natural interaction of two opposite & basic forces of nature—Yin and Yang— and knowledge was understanding how they worked together.

The I Ching is a literal and visual oracle on how these natural changes affect you which uses lines representing yin or yang in groups of three lines; trigrams, and six lines; hexagrams. Yin, the female, is represented by a broken line and yang, the male represented by the solid line:

The introduction to this edition, written by Carl Jung, suggested that it did not matter whether some kind of supernatural knowing beyond human senses was responsible, when the person did the I Ching, they interacted with the words which stimulated mental responses resulting in a better understanding of the personal situation.

Using these two lines there are eight possible trigrams each with a name, an attribute, an image and a family relationship—The interrelationship, the movement or changes between these and the person are the subject in any specific oracle, Some lines may indicate movement.

In color they feel different . . .

You can arrage them differently. Because there is an even number of trigrams the middle divides it equally

Hexagram 56 : Lü, The Wanderer
The Judgement:
The Wanderer. Success through smallness,
Perserverance brings good fortune
To the Wanderer.

There is a dynamic relationship between the lines. Either solid or broken lines may be moving to be part of another hexagram (count from the bottom) and becoming its opposite.
Nine in the fourth place means:
The wanderer rests in a shelter.
He obtains his property and an ax.
My heart is not glad.

Eight trigrams two at a time will combine to make 64 different hexagrams. In this order many of them are next to their inverse. There are other ways to order the hexagrams.

Alameda Creek: Walking to Wonder

Is there something better to do than I am doing now? Everyday walking along the creek, passing the same landscapes, making another photograph. What are other people doing? Are they doing what I see them doing? Or something more interesting than I am doing?

. . . or are they doing something else? Are they doing something else whether I am there or not to make this image?

I imagine they are not thinking about their own problems but enjoying being with someone else.

Its less personal when I can imagine what’s in someone else’s thoughts mostly because I know I am wrong. The feeling of not being able to know someone else though is something different.

I never figured that one out, everyone is some different combination of some of the so many different combinations of the universe of things and its a combination which is constantly evolving.

Faith includes certitude about its own foundation—for example an event in history which has transformed history—for the faithful. But faith does not include historical knowledge about the way in which the event took place. Therefore, faith cannot be shaken by historical research even if its results are critical of the traditions in which the event is reported.
Paul Tillich Dynamics of Faith

Someone has left a wav
In front of the barn
It grabs hold of the cow.
Poor grandma has to dismount.
Her skirt catches on fire.
The wave goes to work
And soon puts it out.
Someone sure has used his bean
!
Kenneth Patchen Wonderings

Sometimes I need a tripod, a larger format camera and a better lens, still:

I am a child
I last awhile . . .


. . . What is the color,

When black is burned?
Neil Young I am a Child

People come to the garden around the Sales Force building in San Francisco to enjoy the afternoon. With so much enjoyment I wonder why their stock does not pay a dividend.

In every science this rule must invariably hold good, that new combinations require new principles. Montesquieu tells us, “It is a fundamental law in Democracies, that the people should have the sole power to enact laws.” From this fundamental law, all his reasonings, all his inferences on the nature of this species of Government are drawn.
John Steven, Jr. Americanus Daily Advertisor, New York, December 5&6, 1787

Fire on the Mountain:
The image of THE WANDERER.
Thus the superior man
Is clear-minded and cautious
In imposing penalties,
And protracts no law suits
.
The Image Hexagram 56 : Lü, The Wanderer

When we pass other people on the street we make judgements, they see us just like we see them. If we judge the person as a possible danger we will take appropriate action. Danger, its a question which once resolved and there is nothing else of interest we go back to whatever was bothering our minds before.

Six at the beginning means:
If the wanderer busies himself with trivial things,
He draws down misfortune upon himself.

So long as we are given up to the throng of desires and fears . . .
We never obtain lasting happiness or peace.”
Arthur Schopenhauer 1788-1860

In Buddhism, desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them can only bring suffering.

When the bow’s stiff, its string is first to snap;
The sharper a blade is, the easier to chip.
Trouble results from a talkative tongue,
Harmful deeds reflect a hardened heart.

Hānshān Déqīng  憨山德清) (1546–1623)

Lord Krishna painted by Kandra. See the flying birds and the guy inside the tree, Probably based on a story, but I do not know if its Rukmini, Rādhā, or one of the gopikas. Why is the rear end of a large animal sticking out? And why does Krishna have so may gopikas and I have none?

So, in emptiness, no form,
No feeling, thought, or choice,
Nor is there consciousness.
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch,
Or what the mind takes hold of,
Nor even act of sensing. . . .

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svah
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Heart Sutra