El-Branden Brazil

Photographer, Writer & Mystic Traveller

Posts tagged ‘Life’

The Times We Live

We live in extremely dangerous times, where elementary wisdom seems to be lost. It doesn’t matter if you are religious, spiritual or atheistic. We can all agree that certain social mindsets are beneficial to the majority.

Hate, disharmony and war bring nothing positive to the human condition. They create destruction and harm that linger for decades beyond. It is only through acts of love, understanding and compassion, even to those we are conditioned to distrust, that social progress is bound to manifest. In Buddhism, it is taught that we see all sentient beings as our mothers. Only through exemplifying these qualities can we hope to lead others to see the benefits and to bring about profound, positive social changes.

This is not hokey boloney! Of course, there will always be contrasting positions and conflicts of ideology. But, how we choose to deal with such differences is up to us. The military option is not always the right option. More often than not, it exacerbates disputes and causes far greater disharmony and suffering.

We cannot rely upon our leaders to lead correctly, so we must all contribute by being positive forces for good in the world, regardless of our positions in society. We might just be a splash individually, but together we can be an ocean of change.

Zen Tranquility At Engakuji Temple, Kamakura
Photography & Words by El-Branden Brazil

The Stream Of Consciousness

We are each unique configurations in which consciousness expresses itself. Consciousness is without definition, but is shaped by form, just as water is shaped by the geography of a river it passes through. The differences and sense of separation are illusory, as water always remains water, consciousness always remains consciousness.

The Sun Setting Over The Mekong In Laos
The Sun Setting Over The Mekong In Laos
Photography by El-Branden Brazil

Hope

There is a seemingly endless cycle of suffering across the world. At times, it can feel overwhelming. It is hope that allows a flicker of light to manifest where there is none. Without hope, there will only be darkness. As activists we are like candles. One candle can illuminate only a room, but a billion candles together, can illuminate a country, and even the world.

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Words & Image by El-Branden Brazil