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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #135 on: October 23, 2012, 06:35:45 PM »
Intoxicated by the Wine of Love


Intoxicated by the Wine of Love.
From each a mystic silence Love demands.
What do all seek so earnestly? ‘Tis Love.
What do they whisper to each other? Love.
Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts.
In Love no longer ‘thou’ and ‘I’ exist,
For Self has passed away in the Beloved.
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love,
And in the temple of mine inmost soul,
Behold the Friend; Incomparable Love.
He who would know the secret of both worlds,
Will find the secret of them both, is Love.

- Farid ud Din Attar

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« Reply #136 on: October 23, 2012, 07:40:55 PM »
Sonnet CXVI

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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

- William Shakespeare

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« Reply #137 on: October 24, 2012, 12:28:05 AM »
SONG OF FLOWER-AND-FRUIT


Master-player! play your flute!
Since it is my being’s flame-time:
Lo, I am both flower and fruit
At the same time.

See my petals open wide
Where the God-bee comes and settles
Drunk with honey-aeons inside
The circling petals.

Concentrated, ripe and mute,
Inly-gathered, inly-sweet now
I lie as a voiceless fruit
At your feet now.

Master-player! in this hour
Of enchantment stop your playing:
Gather up both fruit and flower
Without delaying.

HARINDRANATH CHATTOPADHYAYA

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« Reply #138 on: October 24, 2012, 12:47:27 AM »
I have fallen in love


I have fallen in love, O mother with the

Beautiful One, who knows no death,
knows no decay and has no form;

I have fallen in love, O mother with the

Beautiful One, who has no middle, has
no end, has no parts and has no features;

I have fallen in love, O mother with the

Beautiful One, who knows no birth and
knows no fear.

I have fallen in love, O mother with the

Beautiful One, who is without any family,
without any country and without any peer;

Chenna Mallikarjuna, the Beautiful, is my husband.

Fling into the fire the husbands who are subject
to death and decay.

- Mahadevi

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« Reply #139 on: October 24, 2012, 08:23:49 PM »
Dear Jewell,

Saint Manikkvachagar sings:

When you placed your Feet on my head
I left all my relations*
In the many tanks that is surrounding Thillai Hall of Consciousness,
Let us praise His feet which is refuge, and then pluck flowers in the gardens!


(*mother, father, husband, wife, sons and daughters etc)

 
இணையார் திருவடி என்தலைமேல் வைத்தலுமே
துணையான சுற்றங்கள் அத்தனையும் துறந்தொழிந்தேன்
அணையார் புனற்றில்லை அம்பலத்தே ஆடுகின்ற
புணையாளன் சீர்பாடிப் பூவல்லி கொய்யாமோ. 275

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #140 on: October 24, 2012, 10:09:11 PM »
Dear Jewell,

Saint Manikkvachagar sings:

When you placed your Feet on my head
I left all my relations*
In the many tanks that is surrounding Thillai Hall of Consciousness,
Let us praise His feet which is refuge, and then pluck flowers in the gardens!


(*mother, father, husband, wife, sons and daughters etc)

 
இணையார் திருவடி என்தலைமேல் வைத்தலுமே
துணையான சுற்றங்கள் அத்தனையும் துறந்தொழிந்தேன்
அணையார் புனற்றில்லை அம்பலத்தே ஆடுகின்ற
புணையாளன் சீர்பாடிப் பூவல்லி கொய்யாமோ. 275

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Sri Subramanian sir,

Beautiful verse! And it is in the same context Mahadevi's above poem. When we are intoxicated with love for God,all other relations are meaningless and abandoned. Only He can comfort us then,everything else is forgoten.
Thank You Very much!


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #141 on: October 24, 2012, 11:04:35 PM »
Upon the hearth the fire is red


Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed;
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still round the corner we may meet
A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
     Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
     Let them pass! Let them pass!
     Hill and water under sky,
     Pass them by! Pass them by!

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
     Apple, thorn, and nut and sloe,
     Let them go! Let them go!
     Sand and stone and pool and dell,
     Fare you well! Fare you well!

Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We'll wander back to home and bed.
     Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
     Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
     Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
     And then to bed! And then to bed!

 J. R. R. Tolkien

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« Reply #142 on: October 24, 2012, 11:24:24 PM »
The Lover


A lover', said the hoopoe, now their guide,
'Is one in whom all thoughts of self have died;
Those who renounce the self deserve that name;
Righteous or sinful, they are all the same!
Your heart is thwarted by the self's control;
Destroy its hold on you and reach your goal.
Give up this hindrance, give up mortal sight,
For only then can you approach the light.
If you are told: "Renounce our Faith," obey!
The self and Faith must both be tossed away;
Blasphemers call such action blasphemy --
Tell them that love exceeds mere piety.
Love has no time for blasphemy or faith,
Nor lovers for the self, that feeble wraith.

by Farid ud-Din Attar

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #143 on: October 25, 2012, 12:01:10 AM »
Invocation

When we join our hands in worship of the elephant-headed one,
Son of Lord Arunachala,
Who is anger pierced the lion-headed Vishnu with his beak,
He grants success in deeds and gives forth wisdom,
He brings red-hued Lakshmi to our side,
He inspires devotion to God and confers true knowledge of reality.

1
Lord who stands immanent as the Red Mountain, full of glory,
Unseen by the black cloud of Vishnu and the lotus-born Brahma,
Who on this fair earth can grasp and speak your greatness,
If you, in compassion, deign not to bestow your grace.


2
Immaculate One who swallowed the poison from the ocean of milk! Exalted emissary! Holy Guru in the form of the Red Mountain,
Who delights our eyes and gives us nurture!
To a dog such as I, who never thought
To strew flowers at your feet in the early morning,
You afforded me shelter.


3
Lord who burned up the God of love,
Who bears a bow of sugar cane!
Your pure heart is my only recourse.
Without that, everlasting Lord Sonagiri,
Who ate up the abundant venom,
What salvation then remains for a dog such as I?
Speak!


4
Lord Sonagiri, seat of true knowledge,
Whose glory spreads throughout the world,
Is the one who cuts away the illusion-fraught births
Of those who speak of him!
Immaculate and unapproachable Mountain, look upon me,
And grant that I shall no more take form within a mother's womb.


5
Lord who wears an ornament in his hair,
Red Mountain of fire, without you to watch over me,
Who else is there upon this earth for a dog such as I
To wipe out this very day unceasing birth and close-pursuing death?


6
Lord of the Vedas that imparts goodness, venerable Red Mountain,
The First Cause that Vishnu sought!
If you fix your graceful thoughts on me,
Surely the results of my good and evil deeds,
And my soul's three-fold impurity
Will be abolished this very day,
And cease to crush this solitary devotee!


7
O my heart!
If you meditate with love upon the form of the Red Mountain Lord,
Who drank with relish the poison hala,
He, the Supreme One, will dissolve the worldly fetters
That vex you and keep you in thrall.
What cause then is there for you to fear the Lord of death?


8
Monarch who dwells as the Red Mountain,
When I lauded you as the Supreme One,
Worshipping and praising you with melting heart,
When I sought your favour with hands clasped
And tears running down from my eyes,
You granted me my boon, according to my desire.
What I might offer you in return, I cannot see.


9
Exalted Red Mountain, wisdom's very form,
Who thwarted the desire of Daksha who dared oppose him!
You whose locks are intertwined with the holy Ganges!
My desire is to see and know your holy form, giving you my love, Before my eyes grow dim and weak.

ARUNAGIRI ANTADI
by GUHAI NAMASHIVAYA
-only one part of the Hymn

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #144 on: October 25, 2012, 03:39:10 AM »
Love is Here

Love is here; it is the blood in my veins, my skin.
I am destroyed; He has filled me with Passion.
His fire has flooded the nerves of my body.
Who am I? Just my name; the rest is Him.

 Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

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« Reply #145 on: October 25, 2012, 10:11:41 PM »
I’ve Come Here to Depart

I haven’t come here to settle down.
I’ve come here to depart.
I am a merchant with lots of goods,
selling to whoever will buy.
I didn’t come to create any problems,
I’m only here to love.
A Heart makes a good home for the Friend.
I’ve come to build some hearts.
I’m a little drunk from this Friendship-
Any lover would know the shape I’m in.
I’ve come to exchange my twoness,
to disappear in One.
He is my teacher. I am His servant.
I am a nightingale in His garden.
I’ve come to the Teacher’s garden
to be happy and die singing.
They say “Souls which know each other here,
know each other there.
I’ve come to know a Teacher
and to show myself as I am.

 Yunus Emre

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« Reply #146 on: October 25, 2012, 10:45:10 PM »
How Could a Lover Fall?

What could have caused your grip to weaken
that allowed creation to be?

How could a lover fall to his death
from the arms of infinite
strength?

How active you are in the mind sustaining such a great wall
that the sun can cast a frightening shadow
the world believes.

No one has ever really known sadness. No real God
would ever allow pain.

How then can a heart feel it is broken and in need
If we are held in the arms of infinite
compassion and
strength?

The mirror you (God) stand before -
we need to gaze into it also.

That .name/ you called Beloved
as I fell from your lips –
I suffer

 because I did not quite
hear it;

so tell me again dear One
so clear:

I am
you.

 Tukaram

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« Reply #147 on: October 26, 2012, 12:06:43 AM »
Hakuin's Song of Zazen

All beings are primarily Buddhas.
It is like water and ice:
There is no ice apart from water;
There are no Buddhas apart from beings.

Not knowing how close the truth is to them,
Beings seek for it afar -- what a pity!
They are like those who, being in the midst of water,
Cry out for water, feeling thirst.

They are like the son of the rich man,
Who, wandering away from his father,
Goes astray amongst the poor.
It is all due to their ignorance
That beings transmigrate in the darkness
Of the Six Paths of existence.

When they wander from darkness to darkness,
How can they ever be free from birth-and-death?

As for the Dhyana practice as taught in the Mahayana,
No amount of praise can exhaust its merits.
The Six Paramitas--beginning with the Giving, Observing the Precepts,
And other good deeds, variously enumerated,
Such as Nembutsu, Repentance, Moral Training, and so on --
All are finally reducible to the practice of Dhyana.

The merit of Dhyana practice, even during a single sitting,
Erases the countless sins accumulated in the past.
Where then are the Evil Paths to misguide us?
The Pure Land cannot be far away.

Those who, for once, listening to the Dharma
In all humility,
Praise it and faithfully follow it,
Will be endowed with innumerable merits.

But how much more so when you turn your eyes within yourselves
And have a glimpse into your self-nature!
You find that the self-nature is no-nature -
The truth permitting no idle sophistry.
For you, then, open the gate leading to the oneness of cause and effect;
Before you, then, lies a straight road of non-duality and non-trinity.

When you understand that form is the form of the formless,
Your coming-and-going takes place nowhere else but where you are.
When you understand that thought is the thought of the thought-less.
Your singing-and-dancing is no other than the voice of the Dharma.
How boundless is the sky of Samadhi!
How refreshingly bright is the moon of the Fourfold Wisdom!
Being so is there anything you lack?
As the Absolute presents itself before you
The place where you stand is the Land of the Lotus,
And your person -- the body of the Buddha.

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #148 on: October 26, 2012, 01:45:41 PM »
Dear Jewell,

Buddha is always within you. He is never separate from you. That is why, it is said, 'If you see Buddha on the road, kill him.'
though this statement may be looking outlandish.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #149 on: October 26, 2012, 02:08:38 PM »
Dear Sri Subramanian sir, That statement about killing Buddha is actually funny. :) I understand what it conveys. Yes,every man is Buddha,always and now. It is our very nature,and we are searching it elsewhere. Thats funny to in some way.  Thank You Very much sir! With prayers and love,