Definition of Sansara (Description and Meaning): Samsara (Samn-sar-a) n. [Sanskrit, "the running around"]
The rounds of birth and death and rebirth, reincarnation. Cyclic existence, the beginningless and endless wheel of rebirth. The world, the realm of desire.

Definition of Nirvana (Description and Meaning): Nirvana (Ner-van-a) n. [Sanskrit, "a blowing out, extinction,"]
Buddhism:The ineffable ultimate in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion. Hinduism: Emancipation from ignorance and the extinction of all attachment. Mahayana: Nirvana is an emphasis on the unified nature of the world. Nirvana is conceived as a human experience of oneness with unconditioned consciousness (the absolute). Which gives insight into the unity of the world (samsara), body, mind and soul. It is a state of transcending conditioned consciousness. It is also described as dwelling in the experience of the intense bliss in cognizing one's identity with unconditioned consciousness. It is freedom from attachment to the states of unhappiness, satisfaction and happiness. Nirvana literally means "The blowing out of a candle". The fire that goes out does not pass away, but merely becomes invisible by passing into a conscious experience of space (akasha); thus the term nirvana does not indicate annihilation but rather entry into another mode of existence and experience. The fire that comes forth is the self. From consciously experiencing space the self dissolves momentarily. Self- flame thus returns back, and the conscious experience of space dissolves.

Love Reign O'er Me

"Love, Reign o'er me, rain on me.
Only love
Can bring the rain
That makes you yearn to the sky.
Only love
Can bring the rain
That falls like tears from on high.
Love, Reign o'er me. "

© Pete Townshend

In my life, the most important element is love... for that is all that truly matters. It is the golden thread that weaves in and out of my world. There are many people that I love and value, many places that I love and are special to me, and many wonderful pursuits that I love to explore - and all of these I would like to include on my web site. So, I will be adding to this site as I go along.

"In Love with Love"

"I am a child
delighted by rainbows
awed by thunder and lightening love with love."

© Sansara-Nirvana, 21 May, 1976 Santa Cruz, California


There have been so many who have profoundly influenced my life, inspired the artist in me to reflect, create, evolve. This site is dedicated to them, the people and places that reside in my heart and mind.

Welcome to my world...

"In My Life" - Family, Friends and Special Places
"There Once Was A Note" - Inner Life: Avatar Meher Baba, Inayat Khan
"The Amazing Journey" - Influences: Music, Literature, Art
"Across the Universe" - Gallery of My Artwork
"Hope You Have Your Camera" - Gallery of My Photographs: England
"Country Home" - Our home in Shenandoah County, Virginia (as of November 2000)
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