Flickr photo of the day: Meditation power

Michael Clemmer

Sitting by the Bagmati River, a scarlet-and-saffron-attired Sādhu (good man/wondering monk) is enveloped in smoke from cremation fires as he meditates at the Pashuptinath Temple in Katmandu, Nepal.

This photograph, taken by British photographer Nusrat Howard-Moore, is a good example of “forced perspective through depth perception”: the height of the brass jug and the little girl are diminished relative to their distance from the camera. As we study the photo it becomes increasingly difficult to determine their actual size, relative to the Sādhu.

A devout Hindu meditating as part of his “renunciation” of ordinary life, he touches his thumbs and forefingers together to generate knowledge, wisdom, receptivity and calmness… and possibly, shrinking the size of everything around him.

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