“In my quest for self-realization, photography found me, in the apple orchard village of Old Manali, in a state of serenity, in the arms of the Divine Mother.

A spiritual journey in India, with Ma as my guide and sadhus by my side, I share these photographs from I HEARD HER CALLING, JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA, and IN THE LIGHT.”

DEJA CROSS photographs holy celebrations, festivals and pilgrimages; ancient temples and places of worship at the sacred rivers, caves and mountains; and everyday life, ceremonies and rituals of swamis, gurus, masters and devotees in Ma India. ॐ

In my quest to define “sadhu”, I ask myself… which is the holy one… the one whose feet are being touched, or the one who is touching the feet?”

After a few weeks I realize, I am no longer traveling but living in India.”

Who Am I?  Who knows…

Swirling in depth and hues, spoon clinking in honey mint tea glass, chasing around a dog named I Love You, in the dew dawn garden, breathing ions and ions of Ma Ganga, weaved blankets on wooly yaks, walking through the village on the rocky road back home, forest moon, Queen of hills, draped in Indian cottons and silk scarf, feather earrings, made by an African woman in Venice, chauffeured in a rickshaw along the winding Old Manali alley-road, I don’t remember where I lives ~”

Capturing images of India, the spirit, beauty and humanity, and setting them free ~”

(My) Guru-Ji, who speaks very little English, and after contemplating my Guru name, says to me, “Good name, Good name… Tejasvi Giri”.  When I go home and look up ‘Tejasvi’ on Google, I see that my new name means “Energetic; Gifted; Brilliant; Lustrous, Magnificent, Royal, Lordly, Glorious” ~ OM Namo Narayan Guruji ॐ

As a former Director and Deputy Director of both important National and International museums for 14 years I see the talent, tenacity and belief in oneself that is the requirement of all who aspire to be the best at their craft. Ms. Cross ‘s work manifests itself in those strengths of character and are deserving of one’s attention and appreciation for the marvelous things to come from this talented photographer.” – Ronald J Goff,MS, LFACHE,FACMPE,CHFP,CRCR

GRATITUDE ~ Judith & Robert Goff – my dear Mother and Father; Calvin Morell – my Son and Sun Guru; Robin Quinn – my beautiful Sister; Glenn Goff – my dear Brother; Ronald Goff – my dear Uncle and fine art collector, who acknowledged and encouraged my creative aspirations; Jack Cross – eternally grateful; Baba MurkhNath – Maha Kumbh Mela of a lifetime, OM Namah Shivaya; Stranger from Delhi – he who discovered my creativity and transmitted to me, through eyes and heart, “You are a photographer”; Claire Denis-Cohen – thank you for everything beautiful friend; Lola Babalon – she who knows my heart; Kat McCalpin – nurturer extraordinaire; Kathleen Gildred and William Golden – one thousand and one thank yous for your friendship and generosity; Mukesh Giri Maharaj Ji – OM Namo Narayan Guruji; India, she who dances through the dark and light, and Mata-ji 





August 24, 2017 ~ Evoking the Unseen Artists’ Event ~ Venice Love Shack, Venice, California

August 6, 2017 ~ Bohemian Tea, Art & Pool Party ~ Shangri-La Private Home ~ Topanga, California

August 5, 2017 ~ Artist Talk & Slide Show ~ Leanna Wolf Private Home, Van Nuys, California

July 29, 2017 ~ The Beatles Visit to India Show ~ Meals on Wheels West Benefit ~ Assembly Hall Mount Olive Church, Santa Monica, California

July 21 – August 23, 2017 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ Cafe Mimosa, Topanga, California

March 15-31, 2017 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ Uttara Gallery, Rishikesh, India

March 8-11, 2017 ~ Rishikesh Art and Film Festival Exhibit ~ Ganga Resort, Rishikesh, India

March 6-7, 2017 ~ Rishikesh Art and Film Festival Exhibit ~ Beatle’s Ashram, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi House, Rishikesh, India


August 29, 2016 ~ Pop-up Exhibit ~ Cafe Mimosa, Topanga, California

August 26, 2016 ~ Pop-up Exhibit ~ WE Love Yoga, Long Beach, California

August 14, 2016 ~ Pop-up Exhibit ~ Saddle Peak Buddha House, Topanga, California


September 12, 2015 – May 31, 2016 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ OM Topanga, Topanga, California

August 8, 2015 ~ Pop-up Exhibit ~ Life Alchemy, Topanga, California

July 30 – August 2, 2015 ~ Topanga Film Festival Exhibit, Topanga, California

June 28, 2015 ~ Pop-up Exhibit ~ Saddle Peak Buddha House, Topanga, California

June 27, 2015 ~ Pop-up Exhibit ~ Cecilia Noel Concert, Woodland Hills, California

October 11, 2014 – February 3, 2015 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ Rawvolution, Santa Monica, California

November 16 – December 4, 2014 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ The Dan Eldon Gallery, Malibu, California

March 31 – September 30, 2014 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ ROAM Creative Gallery, Topanga, California

November 15, 2013 – February 14, 2014 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ Kathmandu Gallery, Santa Monica, California

August 23 – September 30, 2013 ~ Gallery Exhibit ~ Cafe Mimosa, Topanga, California