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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3660 on: December 25, 2015, 08:33:13 PM »

Mary Did You Know


Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know...

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am.

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3661 on: December 25, 2015, 08:59:20 PM »

God is a Spirit:
and they that worship Him
must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

John 4:24

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3662 on: December 25, 2015, 09:08:22 PM »

The experience of not forgetting consciousness ['I am']
alone is the state of bhakti, which is the relationship of unfading real love,
because the real knowledge of Self,
 which shines in the undivided supreme bliss itself,
surges up as the nature of love.
Only if one knows the truth of love, which is the real nature of Self,
will the strong entangled knot of life be untied.
Only if one attains the height of love will liberation be attained.
Such is the heart of all religions.
The experience of Self is only love, which is seeing only love,
hearing only love, feeling only love, tasting only love and smelling only love,
which is bliss.

Guru Vachaka Kovai

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3663 on: December 27, 2015, 09:16:32 PM »

Seduction


His eyes are not eyes.
They are the essence
of perfect god light, streaming
past of all creation,
merged with eternity.

They are married to The Secret,
God's exquisite kiss.
They are the chalice
that can speak
a thousand languages
in one whisper of silence.

They are the galaxies of liquid,
disembodied.
They are the fire
that can free you
and transport you
into Love's ecstatic bliss.

Ana Ram Callan


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3664 on: December 27, 2015, 09:25:08 PM »

Lion amongst men
seated upon the lion-throne of the heart
radiating light in all directions,
graciously bestowing boundless mouna
- great Prince and holy Brahmin,
my Guru Ramana,
you abolished completely all  my maidenly decorum.

Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam
Verse 15

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3665 on: December 27, 2015, 09:38:52 PM »

Surrender


The golden glow of Holy Mountain
folds all children in to her ample arms,
dried petals and leaves
of our imagined stories
all stored in her boundless bounty,
each tenderfeeling, each supposed loss,
each  bittersweet sensation drop into
the one priceless pearl,  leaving
only beauty and the blinding
light of Truth; 
what we belong and always have to He
Who Abides in the Heart of All Beings,
our saving grace,
our brilliant star, the moon
that cools the raging fire,
luring us towards surrender,
relieving us until we are
seduced into the lap
of pure and untouched love.

Ana Ram Callan


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3666 on: December 27, 2015, 10:04:23 PM »
You cannot know or measure That
O n e without a second, perfect,
whole.
This Heart thought-free and bright
with bliss
Is Annamalai, myself.

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Garland of Guru's sayings
Sri Muruganar


The alchemy of the Guru's glance
of grace transmutes the jiva's nested
Iron into the purest gold
of true Awareness. Look within
Remove your doubts
Gain and cherish his darshan.

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3667 on: December 27, 2015, 10:17:42 PM »

My child, our play is an end in itself
And it comes to an end when you see it as play.
You are never on stage, never am I apart.
Yours are the sorrow, the endurance is mine,
I the Bliss in your joy and the salt in your tears.
For your sake I have made a fool of myself,
I play the sun and the earth and your world thereon.
I am your body and mind, their hopes and desires.

I am everything you think you are not;
And when you think you are this, I am also the same.
The play ceases when you see it as play.
The world ceases to be when you see it as Me.


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3668 on: January 12, 2016, 10:14:26 PM »

There are truths that are true only in a certain line, in a certain direction, under certain circumstances, and for certain times - those that are founded on the institutions of the times. There are other truths which are based on the nature of man himself, and which must endure so long as man himself endures.
The idea of the cosmos which all sects of Vedantists had to take for granted, the psychology which has formed the common basis of all the Indian schools of thought, had there been worked out already and presented before the world. I whould like to explain the sense in which I use the word Vedanta.

Unfortunately there is the mistaken notion in modern India that the word Vedanta has reference only to the Advaita system; but you must always remember that in modern India the three Prasthanas are considered equally important in the study of all the systems of religion. First of all there are the Revelations, the Shrutis, by which I mean the Upanishads. Secondly, among our philosophies, the Sutras of Vyasa have the greatest prominence on account of their being the consummation of all the preceding systems of philosophy. These systems are not contradictory to one another, but one is based on another, and there is a gradual unfolding of the theme which culminates in the Sutras of Vyasa. Then, between the Upanishads and the Sutras, which are the systematising of the marvellous truths of the Vedanta, comes in the Gita, the divine commentary of the Vedanta.

The Upanishads, the Vyasa-Sutras, and the Gita, therefore, have been taken up by every sect in India that wants to claim authority for orthodoxy, whether dualist, or Vishishtadvaitist, or Advaitist; the authorities of each of these are the three Prasthanas. We find that a Shankaracharya, or a Ramanuja, or a Madhvacharya, or a Vallabhacharya, or a Chaitanya - any one who wanted to propound a new sect -had to take up these three systems and write only a new commentary on them. Therefore it would be wrong to confine the word Vedanta only to one system which has arisen out of the Upanishads. All these are covered by the word Vedanta. The Vishishtadvaitist has as much right to be called a Vedantist as the Advaitist; in fact I will go a little further and say that what we really mean by the word Hindu is really the same as Vedantist. I want you to note that these three systems have been current in India almost from time immemorial; for you must not believe that Shankara was the inventor of the Advaita system. It existed ages before Shankara was born; he was one of its last representatives. So with the Vishishtadvaita system: it had existed ages before Ramanuja appeared, as we already know from the commentaries he has written; so with the dualistic systems that have existed side by side with the others. And with my little knowledge, I have come to the conclusion that they do not contradict each other.

Just as in the case of the six Darshanas, we find they are a gradual unfolding of the grand principles whose music beginning far back in the soft low notes, ends in the triumphant blast of the Advaita, so also in these three systems we find the gradual working up of the human mind towards higher and higher ideals till everything is merged in that wonderful unity which is reached in the Advaita system. Therefore these three are not contradictory. On the other hand I am bound to tell you that this has been a mistake committed by not a few. We find that an Advaitist teacher keeps intact those texts which especially teach Advaitism, and tries to interpret the dualistic or qualified non-dualistic texts into his own meaning. Similarly we find dualistic teachers trying to read their dualistic meaning into Advaitic texts. Our Gurus were great men, yet there is a saying, "Even the faults of a Guru must be told". I am of Opinion that in this only they were mistaken. We need not go into text-torturing, we need not go into any sort of religious dishonesty, we need not go into any sort of grammatical twaddle, we need not go about trying to put our own ideas into texts which were never meant for them, but the work is plain and becomes easier, once you understand the marvellous doctrine of Adhikarabheda.

It is true that the Upanishads have this one theme before them: कस्मिन्नु भगवो विज्ञाते सर्वमिदं विज्ञातं भवति। - "What is that knowing which we know everything else?" In modern language, the theme of the Upanishads is to find an ultimate unity of things. Knowledge is nothing but finding unity in the midst of diversity. Every science is based upon this; all human knowledge is based upon the finding of unity in the midst of diversity; and if it is the task of small fragments of human knowledge, which we call our sciences, to find unity in the midst of a few different phenomena, the task becomes stupendous when the theme before us is to find unity in the midst of this marvellously diversified universe, where prevail unnumbered differences in name and form, in matter and spirit - each thought differing from every other thought, each form differing from every other form. Yet, to harmonise these many planes and unending Lokas, in the midst of this infinite variety to find unity, is the theme of the Upanishads. On the other hand, the old idea of Arundhati Nyaya applies. To show a man the fine star Arundhati, one takes the big and brilliant nearest to it, upon which he is asked to fix his eyes first, and then it becomes quite easy to direct his sight to Arundhati. This is the task before us, and to prove my idea I have simply to show you the Upanishads, and you will see it. Nearly every chapter begins with dualistic teaching, Upasana. God is first taught as some one who is the Creator of this universe, its Preserver, and unto whom everything goes at last. He is one to be worshipped, the Ruler, the Guide of nature, external and internal, yet appearing as if He were outside of nature and external. One step further, and we find the same teacher teaching that this God is not outside of nature, but immanent in nature. And at last both ideas are discarded, and whatever is real is He; there is no difference. तत्त्वमसि श्वेतकेतो - "Shvetaketu, That thou art."

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

Swami Vivekananda-The Vedanta

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3669 on: January 12, 2016, 10:25:30 PM »

The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness,
but thinking of strength.

To succeed,
you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will.
'I will drink the ocean', says the persevering soul,
'at my will mountains will crumble up.'
 Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard,
and you will reach the goal.


"The earth is enjoyed by heroes"
- this is the unfailing truth.
 Be a hero. Always say, "I have no fear".

Swami Vivekananda
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3670 on: January 12, 2016, 10:50:26 PM »
Despair not; remember the Lord says in the Gita,
"To work you have the right, but not to the result."
Gird up your loins, my boy. I am called by the Lord for this.
I have been dragged through a whole life full of crosses and tortures,
 I have seen the nearest and dearest die, almost of starvation;
I have been ridiculed, distrusted, and have suffered for my sympathy
for the very men who scoff and scorn.
Well, my boy, this is the school of misery,
which is also the school for great souls and prophets for the cultivation of sympathy,
of patience, and, above all, of an indomitable iron will
which quakes not even if the universe be pulverised at our feet.
We are the children of the Almighty,
we are sparks of the infinite, divine fire. How can we be nothings?
We are everything, ready to do everything!

Swami Vivekananda

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3671 on: January 12, 2016, 11:05:07 PM »

Quest for God


O'ver hill and dale and mountain range,
In temple, church, and mosque,
In Vedas, Bible, Al Koran
I had searched for Thee in vain.

Like a child in the wildest forest lost
I have cried and cried alone,
"Where art Thou gone, my God, my love?
The echo answered, "gone."

And days and nights and years then passed
A fire was in the brain,
I knew not when day changed in night
The heart seemed rent in twain.
I laid me down on Ganges's shore,
Exposed to sun and rain;
With burning tears I laid the dust
And wailed with waters' roar.

I called on all the holy names
Of every clime and creed.
"Show me the way, in mercy, ye
Great ones who have reached the goal."

Years then passed in bitter cry,
Each moment seemed an age,
Till one day midst my cries and groans
Some one seemed calling me.


A gentle soft and soothing voice
That said 'my son' 'my son',
That seemed to thrill in unison
With all the chords of my soul.

I stood on my feet and tried to find
The place the voice came from;
I searched and searched and turned to see
Round me, before, behind,
Again, again it seemed to speak
The voice divine to me.
In rapture all my soul was hushed,
Entranced, enthralled in bliss.

A flash illumined all my soul;
The heart of my heart opened wide.
O joy, O bliss, what do I find!
My love, my love you are here
And you are here, my love, my all!

And I was searching thee -
From all eternity you were there
Enthroned in majesty!
From that day forth, wherever I roam,
I feel Him standing by
O'ver hill and dale, high mount and vale,
Far far away and high.

The moon's soft light, the stars so bright,
The glorious orb of day,
He shines in them; His beauty - might -
Reflected lights are they.
The majestic morn, the melting eve,
The boundless billowing sea,
In nature's beauty, songs of birds,
I see through them - it is He.

When dire calamity seizes me,
The heart seems weak and faint,
All nature seems to crush me down,
With laws that never bend.
Meseems I hear Thee whispering sweet
My love, "I am near", "I am near".
My heart gets strong. With thee, my love,
A thousand deaths no fear.
Thou speakest in the mother's lay
Thou shuts the babies eye,
When innocent children laugh and play,
I see Thee standing by.

When holy friendship shakes the hand,
He stands between them too;
He pours the nectar in mother's kiss
And the baby's sweet "mama".
Thou wert my God with prophets old,
All creeds do come from Thee,
The Vedas, Bible, and Koran bold
Sing Thee in Harmony.

"Thou art," Thou art" the Soul of souls
In the rushing stream of life.
"Om tat sat om." Thou art my God,
My love, I am thine, I am thine.

 - Swami Vivekananda


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3672 on: January 12, 2016, 11:19:10 PM »

Krishna can never be understood until you have studied the Gita,
for he was the embodiment of his own teaching.
Every one of these incarnations came as a living illustration of what they came to preach.
Krishna, the preacher of the Gita, was all his life the embodiment of that Song Celestial;
 he was the great illustration of non-attachment. He gives up his throne and never cares for it.
He, the leader of India, at whose word kings come down from their thrones,
never wants to be a king. He is the simple Krishna,
ever the same Krishna who played with the Gopis.
Ah, the most marvellous passage of his life, the most difficult to understand,
and which none ought to attempt until he has become perfectly chaste and pure,
that most marvellous expansion of love, allegorised and expressed in that beautiful play in Vrindaban ,
which none can understand but he who has become mad with love, drunk deep of the cup of love!
Who can understand the throes of love of the Gopis - the very ideal of love, love that wants nothing,
love that does not even care for anything in this world, or the world to come?

Swami Vivekananda

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3673 on: January 12, 2016, 11:50:33 PM »

A Still Cup

For God to make love,
for the divine alchemy to work,
The Pitcher needs a still cup.

Why ask Hafiz to say anything more about
your most vital requirement?

Hafiz


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3674 on: January 14, 2016, 02:55:14 AM »

All the Hemispheres


Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement and love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness and giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator in your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire,
Chatting,
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of You.

Hafiz