Phenomena at the Ocean

Some glimpses on our planet make me feel blissed and blessed for being alive here. They fill me with pride, glory, and humility in my being. They drop my felt sense experience of living into a sense of nothingness, in a way that I become present to life in ways indescribable. They stun me into silence and a childlike surprise for being chosen for these unexpected prizes for being in the right place at the right time, in the most undramatic manner.

This is how I feel about my visit to Maui, Hawaii at the end of December 2021. I expected warm waters, pristine beaches, forest hikes, and beautiful sunsets but didn’t imagine encountering these few other things:

I used to wake up in the early dark hours in anticipation of catching the sky colors at sunrise. I witnessed this instead. (It was difficult to pick just one picture of each kind. These are simple mobile clicks)

Spotlight from the Sky – Divine Light at 5.30ish am
Photo by myself
Full Moon shimmering on the Ocean – Oh the garments our planet wears
Photo by Manish Doshi
The Moon setting behind the island of Molokai
Photo by Manish Doshi

As if this was not enough, a totally unknown (to me) phenomenon was sent my way!

A night rainbow at 9.45 pm! I am told it is a rare sight on some moonlit nights and is called a Moonbow!
The picture is taken at night setting, the sky was much darker than seen here. Photo by Manish Doshi
Can you trace the lower end of the rainbow entering the water close to the shore? That was new to me!! It is not a reflection on the water, it is the rainbow curving all the way!
Almost full circle daytime rainbow at the same location. Photo by myself

These phenomena at the ocean along with other soul-nourishing experiences made me pinch myself for why I deserved this perfection of life moments. I met the ocean in various moods – calm & clear, fun and playful, and yes amidst all this beauty I had a major emotional meltdown as if wanting to deeply feel my worldly humanness again. As much as the Ocean mirrored the former qualities with slow rhythmic waves at the shore, it also joined me with thunderous unruly waves for the latter mood. The ocean showed me how all kinds of waves are beautiful – it is just breathtaking how we get to have all our humanly ways of being. I returned forever in gratitude.

Photo by myself

A short poem that emerged for an early morning with the waves:

The Ocean lends me a sense
Of power and beauty
Quite Unapologetically
The waves within
Are as playful or then unruly
I allow them all to flow
Quite Un-shyly

98 thoughts on “Phenomena at the Ocean

    • You being here and your words are such warmth and blessings to me. I am touched by joy deeply with how you perceive the energy of my sharing and reflect it back to me. It brightens my day. Thank you for joining me to celebrate this beauty dear Ka, you make the world so much better to be in.

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  1. I especially liked the photo of the reflection of the rainbow into the water. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that before. I find it hard getting up early to see the sunrise as well, but often it is worth it.

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    • Hi Frank, it is not a refelction. What I could see was that the rainbos itself curving all the way down and entering the water at the closer edges near the shore. It is arching over the water throughout. Hope it makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚
      It is worth it yes, when I do put the effort to be up. Thank you very much fro visiting.

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    • I feel so happy you enjoyed this post as much as I did sharing it. It feels very unreal to me still, but then that’s how all stunned moments in nature feel, as you very well know ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you very much, your visit is of great value to me.

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  2. What an absolutely stunning and awesome experience! Those are truly serendipitous moments where the universe speaks to your soul! I love those! So happy for you!

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      • You were definitely rewarded with some natural blessings. โœจ I found the presence of what seemed to be rain falling, without a cloud in the sky to be quite extraordinary! The Road to Hana and the lavender fields also left a lasting impression. I would like to return and make it to the Haleakala Summit. ๐ŸŒ‹

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        • Road to Hana as if offers personal treasures to visitors at any given time with the abundance of beauty. The lavender fields remained closed while we were there. We did make it to the Haleakala Summit – it was bizarre dramatic even though it was in the middle of the day, it was raining stormily with zero visibility by the time we reached the top. A dozen of us cars just stayed parked until we could feel the safety and courage to turn around and drive back – couldn’t see anything even just next to us. So that was meant to be that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Oh, what a beautiful post. The pics are stunning, as is your commentary about your experience, and your poem is pure bliss to me. Understood wholly and completely. And this here, โ€œ They stun me into silence and a childlike surprise for being chosen for these unexpected prizes for being in the right place at the right time, in the most undramatic manner. โ€ speaks to me most viscerally. The sea is one of the my favorite places on the planet. The resonance and reflectivity available eclipses language. About two years ago on a trip to the beach, I left in awe of this resonance, and remember thinking thatโ€™s me breathing, those beautiful waves, how they dance and play. A glimmer of the majesty you write of so eloquently and beautifully, Pragalbha. I am most grateful for this wonderful post tonight. It spreads love and light, as you always do. Honored and grateful. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›

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    • The joy you fill me with Jeff …it is oceanic :))) You shine your light so brightly on something that glimmers within me. Your words feel exuberant to read for how you reflect and amplify where my expressions emerge from. You help me bring the undescribable alive. The ocean is my most favorite place to be too – nothing comes close to how alive I feel when in vicinity. It is utmost treasure, the gift of understanding I receive from you. How did I get so lucky? :)))) Thank you very much Jeff, deep haerfelt Infinite Gratitude.

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      • Oh, Pragalbha, Iโ€™m honored and humbled by your words. Reflecting back my understanding of your experiences is a great joy to me. The emergence of these experiences is the same – I see myself in you; and it makes me so happy to read and resonate with you. Oh, yes, the ocean is like a mirror of our humanity, every ounce of it. When I am near the ocean, it is Divine. The Love is so deep and powerful, there, I am always in awe. I feel the same about the gifts I receive from you, my dear friend. Whenever I read you, the insights come quickly and I am impelled to leave them here. Lucky, am I too. As always, Honored and Grateful. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›

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  4. Dang these are beautiful. You capture them, I think, because you’re receptive to the many things nature has to say. I’m not sure how to pick a favorite–the first one is so mysterious I know I wouldn’t be able to stop staring. I love the third one too.

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    • Dear Hetty, the first one was a show for couple of hours, the moon moving in and out of clouds, sometimes full, sometimes partial and the spotlight changing shapes and location on the pitch dark sea. I had to pick one to share here. Thank you for engaging with me on these, the memory of these moments feel unreal, and utmost joyful. Thank you truly for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. What beautiful lines so beautifully shared Pragalbha! Hwayawaii is one of my favorite places on earth and I too feel the blessings of the aloha love and the gifts of the beauty in the waves and sky. I never miss a sunset or the gifts of the sea. Your pictures are stunning. Love your lines and poem!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™
    “xAs much as the Ocean mirrored the former qualities with slow rhythmic waves at the shore, it also joined me with thunderous unruly waves for the latter mood.”

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    • The lines that you picked to quote back to me – it fills me with joy to read them again from you – they remind me of how alive and one we are with nature, I literally reached places that mirrored exactly the state of my being. I am so humbled and in awe of what’s available for us ๐Ÿ™‚
      Your beautiful words of appreciation for the beauty, the love, the place, the sunsets, the sky remind me of our blessings of being here. I am very happy you enjoyed the pictures and the poem I shared – truly honored and happy to connect with you _()_ Thank you Cindy.

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      • Dear Pragalbha,
        I’m so happy to hear that you were able to bask in your own words so beautiful and true. Yes ineed our oness with nature brings our hearts close through distance and lucky for us we are closer than far ๐Ÿฅฐ. I loved each and everyone! โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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    • You are a forever friend of the ocean Frank ๐Ÿ™‚ Your beach walks bring us so much joy. I am happy to know you enjoyed the glimpses from my visit to the Ocean. Yes, words are not enough indeed. Thank you for visiting here _()_

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  6. Breathtaking pictures Prag, your love for nature is peeping through them and your words add another dimension to that love… it is reaching my heart! The word ‘gratitude’ fades in the face of such raw beauty and I know pictures do no justice to it. When the moods of ocean and sky merge, soul-stirring thoughts emerge. Thanks for sharing.

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    • I wish I could convey how much your comment means to me! I feel very honored and happy that you see and feel how moved I am with being blessed with these glimpses. It deeply fulfilling for me that you appreciate my words, for how they came through me in my attempt to describe the feeling. Yes, pictures do no justice whatsoever, and yet this treasure had to be shared from my heart to yours. Your deep understanding of this beauty is a gift to me. Thank you very much for your kind visit Balroop _()_

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    • Thank you so much, what happiness to have your visit :)))
      I am and have been ok, I am learning to be a steady container to those waves that keep coming – the ebb and flow – I am always learning that, and feel so much better than ever before. So kind of you to ask _()_

      Thank You. My poetry is grateful for your request. I hope to allow a lot more of them to come through.

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  7. Your lines are the concentrated drops of your wisdom through the learnings, realizations & experiences…you saw the ocean & the ocean saw you…In fact, you are the ocean & ocean is you…Divine is this oneness…embracing the moment…the beauty of calm depth…riding the beautiful strong waves…you become the Universe…where the Universe is formless…Pragalbha, can you see the power & beautify of your lines?…your sharing…the breathtaking pictures…am I reflecting?…or am I a reflection?…I can so crazy much relate to what you’ve expressed…thank you very much for blessing us with such a beautiful sharing ๐Ÿ’ซ

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    • I, as if, entered a portal of ‘richness’ that your presence through my expressions brought me. I went deeply silent allowing your reflections to seep into my being – and all I could come back with is, how did I get so blessed lucky to get to be read by your unworldly knowing? To have this utmost kind generous gift of what you see in me and my words?
      you saw the ocean & the ocean saw you – this was the visceral felt sense experience for me, it just ‘knew’ the waves within me, I have taken multiple short videos of different waves when I felt One with what was happening around me. While the words come out as Power and Beauty in expression, I feel tender mush with humility. I get the word Crazy you use, it is apt for how we get to immerse in the Oneness just from the energy of how these moments get expressed. Thank you for blessing me with your most beautiful awareness and being here _()_

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      • Youโ€™re very welcomeโ€ฆyou must know that youโ€™re very kind, Pragalbhaโ€ฆitโ€™s almost impossible for me not to see & recognize when itโ€™s right infront of my eyes (/my senses)โ€ฆyou let me inโ€ฆas in, you allowed me to see the onenessโ€ฆthe ocean & youโ€ฆthrough your magical writingโ€ฆkeep expressing from your heartโ€ฆkeep sharing your beautiful art ๐Ÿ’ซ

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  8. Such lovely words Infinite. I can only imagine the feelings as you stood under the moon by the ocean and the world around you turned sky into rainbows and moon into spotlight. Stunning. I’m happy you were there for these joys.

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  9. Breathtakingly beautiful Pragalbha .. WOW…. I feel the Universe was showing you her magic being birthed that Nature is doing effortlessly day and night… We who are often too busy to pause and reflect.. Miss such rare and beautiful phenomena.

    I am so pleased you got to witness these magical rainbows that help us along our pathway of realisation as we see the Magic surrounds us daily..
    I love your muse, and your poetry ..
    “The waves within
    Are as playful or then unruly
    I allow them all to flow “…
    Exactly… as we become the wave, and allow all emotions to flow we allow the peace of the ripples of light reflect upon our surface, like the rays of the Sun or Moon on the ocean…
    Or we can allow our emotions to crash us on the shore as we scatter our heart-breaks onto the land… But all of those fragments, the spray, those droplets of water, roll on back down from the shore.. Back to the ocean,

    All are joined in that vast Ocean of Oneness.. Some are calm, some are angry, some are lost and isolated in the pools on the shoreline.. But all are part of the whole… Never will one ounce of water, never will one soul be lost.. Because all just transforms, like water vapour, evaporating back into the sky/source.. to fall once more as rain, or new-born..

    Every rainbow a prism of light activated by the water, emotions of life.. Every Storm, a silver lining somewhere else.. All is One in this Ocean we call Life…

    Beautiful Post dear Pragalbha…. Loved every word my friend..

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    • Dear Sue, I am humbled, moved, honored beyond the core and depth of my heart and being to receive this very transcendent comment from you. You pick up the drops of my sentiment and show me the ocean in it, and you open my perception to the entire ocean, a collective of the varied drops – and it gives me a place in the vastness, and the expansiveness itself in my being – you shine this light like only you do. Every molecule of our beings and emotions validated with such kind compassionate truthful seeing into the expressions – that’s what you bring that gives such solace and wisdom to be immersed in. I read your poetic reflections more than once, every few lines repeating and feeling them, how you fulfill my desire to share the magic of these glimpses, that I am not content keeping to myself. Your beautiful appreciation makes a whole world of a difference to me, thank you _()_

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      • We each make a difference dear Pragalbha, your own worlds often uplift me, and inspire me… Life is give and take… Ebb and Flow, like the ocean… Like breathing in and out… One comes automatically after the other..
        We find comfort in each others words, and the words themselves are they not given from source… As we tap into that higher Mind vibration, that knows all the answers…
        We know all of those same answers.. Its just many of us have forgotten how to access that inner knowing and knowledge… But now I feel many are going to once again learn how to tap into their higher selves and find their own magic within…
        Keep spreading your own magic dear Pragalbha…
        Much love โค

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    • It makes me so happy to know you visited dear Cheryl, really appreciate you taking the time. That rainbow continued to circle on the other side of the building I was standing in, I could only imagine the other half completing the circle. I feel very blessed with these glimpses and deeply joyful sharing with you. Thank you very much for your kind appreciation.

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    • You are part of my blessings dear Radhika, you are so kind in how you see me, support and encourage me. I truly pray and wish to keep being this channel of gratitude and beauty, not to give in to the distractions as I often do. Thank you very much for sending love and peace my way. It is so good to have your presence alongside as we keep going.

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  10. Great photos, staying afloat is keeping balance… only riding a wave can you fall off of it. Floating requires no effort, just being and letting the waves be. Most people drown because they panic. You have grown into a quite soul that learns how to let things be and let them move to where they should be!

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  11. Exquisite post! Breathtaking pictures. โ€œsimple mobile clicksโ€ sounds way too humble :)) Thanks for sharing these magical moments with us. Even if separated by a screen and a lens, it is like I am watching them from there. Never heard of a moonbow. It is stunning!!! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ A sight to the sore eye. Gorgeous post and a wonderful reminder to evoke the attitude of gratitude in each one of us.

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    • You are so kind, I truly appreciate you being very present with how I wished to share these moments, the magical experience they felt, along with the gratitude I feel. Thank you for giving me this joy with your beautiful appreciation, I am sitting here with a deep smile in my being ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Beautiful pictures, Pragalbha. I know what you mean for I have felt it frequently- in awe of everything around me and knowing how very small I am amidst it all. This feeling brings about a huge sense of gratitude. Like you said, ‘for just being.’ Thank you for putting it in words.

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    • You filled my day and heart with joy today with your kind visits and thoughtful comments. It is such a gift to me that you feel the resonance in what I am attempting to express. Your comment brings me back in to that feeling of gratitude and humility. Thank you very much for taking the time, my friend, I truly appreciate it.

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  13. ” I met the ocean in various moods โ€“ calm & clear, fun and playful, and yes amidst all this beauty I had a major emotional meltdown as if wanting to deeply feel my worldly…”,you seem to be a real mermaid to whom life without the ocean is worthless.Loved the photographs and the soothing poem.Take care.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’

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  14. Dearest Pragalbha, you always write the melody of life, of all experiences in such a harmony colours,. YOU take us on the journey, you paint the picture with your words and then you share your photos ( all too beautiful ). The rainbow that is almost a circle has too be my favourite.

    And these are the words that stand out the most ” ..I become present to life in ways indescribable.”. Because I the soul am spirit, light , immortal.

    Sounds like you had a refreshing holiday in Hawali.

    Every up in life, every reflective moment is beautiful. But those moment that steal the beauty. But, you know that turmoil is some sort of release, it will pass and you’ll be freer for it and wiser.

    As always beautiful written and photos.

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    • Dearest friend in thoughtsnlife (hope you don’t mind, I lovingly wanted to address you and mean it that way ๐Ÿ™‚ ) thank you so much for taking the time to spend with my joy and gratitude of wanting to share these beautiful moments. You give me smiles and make me feel so good about myself. The line that stood out to you most – I loved how you interepreted it. It is tangile way of experiencing being in touch with our spirit.
      Yes it was a refreshing time and as you say, a time of release too. Thank you very much for your kind appreciation always.

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