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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #4155 on: January 11, 2018, 03:14:18 AM »

Cupbearer,pour the vine! Let it flow and keep flowing!
I am sick of swinging between hope and fear.
Shatter thought,i want nothing to do with it!
Tear from my heart all unsable imaginings!
Hack from their chains the shameless joys of passion!
Dance into our assembly,Beloved,unveil Your Face!
Scatter graces with each swirl of Your robe of flame.

Rumi
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« Reply #4156 on: January 11, 2018, 03:25:46 AM »

Even to detachment the heart can be attached,God knows,
For the heart is net spread for misery.
Transform my heart to a placeless place of safety,
Carry it to the mountains where it dies into You.
Come quickly! My body's tired of this country;
Make it drunk,set it free,call to it,"Come quickly!"
Offer me a cup overflowing with the vine of wonder
So i can no longer tell my heart from my feet.
Don't give me bread,or water,or peace,or sleep;
Thirst for You is the blood-money for a hundred souls like mine.

Rumi
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« Reply #4157 on: January 11, 2018, 03:41:44 AM »

God has crated the world in play, as it were. This is called Mahamaya, the Great Illusion.
Therefore one must take refuge in the Divine Mother, the Cosmic Power Itself.
It is She who has bound us with the shackles of illusion.
The realization of God is possible only when those shackles are severed.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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« Reply #4158 on: January 11, 2018, 03:53:41 AM »

Oh,where is this heart going,'I cried,
'My so intoxicated heart?'
And then the king of kings replied:
'Be still,it is coming towards you.'

Rumi

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« Reply #4159 on: February 10, 2018, 07:18:49 PM »
Wonder


Don't become more knowledgeable, become more innocent. Drop all that you know, forget all that you know. Remain wondering, but don't transform your wondering into questions, because once the wonder is changed into a question, sooner or later the question will bring knowledge. And knowledge is a false coin.
From the state of wonder, there are two paths. One is of questioning - it leads you into more and more knowledge. The other is not of questioning but enjoying. Enjoy the wonder, the wonder that life is, the wonder that existence is, the wonder of the sun and the sunlight and the trees bathed in its golden rays. Experience it. Don't put in a question mark, LET IT BE AS IT IS.

Remain ignorant if you ever want to become enlightened. Remain innocent, childlike, if you ever want a communion with existence and reality. Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you. Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning.
And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder. They are dangerous because they give you the feeling that you know, although you know not. They give you this misconception about yourself that now questions have been solved. This is not the way to know - knowledge is not the way to know.
Then what is the way to know? Wonder. Let your heart dance with wonder. Be full of wonder: throb with it, breathe it in, breathe it out. Why be in such a hurry for the answer?
Can't you allow a mystery to remain a mystery?
Religion does not take life as a problem to be solved - it takes life as a mystery to be lived. Religion is not curious about life. Religion is in awe, in tremendous wonder about life.
Just our being here is such a miracle. It cannot be explained why I am here, why you are here. Why these trees are here, why these stars are here. Why at all this universe exists, and goes on peopling itself with trees and birds and people. Why in the first place it is there, there is no way to know. It simply is there. But it inspires awe! It fills the heart with wonder. It is unbelievably true - it is incredible! It is absurd, but tremendously beautiful.
Why it is there, there is no way to say - but it is there. And religion says: Don't waste your time for the why. It is there: delight in it! Celebrate it! Be lost into it! And let it be lost into you. Meet it! Let the meeting be like two lovers entering into each other.
Religion is not based on belief or faith: religion is based on awe, religion is based on wonder. Religion is based on the mysterious that is your surround. To feel it, to be aware of it, to see it, open your eyes and drop the dust of the ages. Clean your mirror! and see what beauty surrounds you, what tremendous grandeur goes on knocking at your doors.

Religion exists with wonder. If you want to be religious then create more wonder, discover more wonder. Allow your eyes to be more filled with wonder than anything else. Be surprised by everything that is happening. Everything is so tremendously wonderful that it is simply unbelievable how you go on living without dancing, how you go on living without becoming ecstatic. You must not be seeing what is happening all around.
Just to be is so miraculous, just to breathe is so miraculous. Just to breathe and just to be! - nothing else is needed for a religious person. To be full of wonder. And when one is full of wonder,, praise arises, and praise is prayer. When you see this wonderful existence, you start praising it. In your praising, prayer arises. You say: "Holy, holy, holy!" It is holy. It is so beautiful and so holy.

Osho



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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #4160 on: February 10, 2018, 07:37:01 PM »
Self-Acceptance. Heart's-ease in the king's garden

I have heard:
A king went into his garden and found wilted and dying trees, shrubs and flowers. The oak said it was dying because it could not be tall like the pine. Turning to the pine, he found it drooping because it was unable to bear grapes like the vine. And the vine was dying because it could not blossom like the rose. He found Heart's-ease blooming and as fresh as ever. Upon inquiry, he received this reply:

'I took it for granted that when you planted me you wanted Heart's-ease. If you had desired an oak, a vine or a rose, you would have planted them. So I thought that since you put me here, I should do the best I can to be what you want. I can be nothing but what I am, and I am trying to be that to the best of my ability.'

You are here because this existence needs you as you are. Otherwise somebody else would have been here!-existence would not have helped you to be here, would not have created you. You are fulfilling something very essential, something very fundamental, as you are. If God wanted a Buddha he could have produced as many Buddhas as he wanted. He produced only one Buddha-that was enough, and he was satisfied to his heart's desire, utterly satisfied. Since then he has not produced another Buddha or another Christ.

He has created you instead. Just think of the respect that the universe has given to you! You have been chosen, not Buddha, not Christ, not Krishna. You will be needed more, that's why. You fit more now. Their work is done, they contributed their fragrance to existence. Now you have to contribute your fragrance.

But the moralists, the puritans, the priests, they go on teaching you, they go on driving you crazy. They say to the rose, 'Become a lotus.' And they say to the lotus, 'What are you doing here? You have to become something else.' They drive the whole garden crazy, everything starts dying-because nobody can be anybody else, that is not possible.

That's what has happened to humanity. Everybody is pretending. Authenticity is lost, truth is lost, everybody is trying to show that he is somebody else. Just look at yourself: you are pretending to be somebody else. And you can be only yourself--there is no other way, there has never been, there is no possibility that you can be anybody else. You will remain yourself. You can enjoy it and bloom, or you can wither away if you condemn it.

You cannot improve upon yourself. And I am not saying that improvement does not happen, remember-but you cannot improve upon yourself. When you stop improving upon yourself, life improves you. In that relaxation, in that acceptance, life starts caressing you, life starts flowing through you. Nobody else has ever been like you and nobody else will ever be like you; you are simply unique, incomparable.

Accept this, love this, celebrate this-and in that very celebration you will start seeing the uniqueness of the others, the incomparable beauty of the others.

Love is possible only when there is a deep acceptance of oneself, the other, the world. Acceptance creates the milieu in which love grows, the soil in which love blooms.

Osho



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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #4161 on: February 10, 2018, 07:40:25 PM »

Whose idea was this,
to have the lover visible
and the beloved invisible?

So many people have died for their desiring
because of this. The lover cannot kiss
the lips he wants, so he bites himself!

Satisfaction is always two bow-shots away,
and yet something in the soul
prefers this unreachable Lover
to anyone reachable.

This being locked-in,
is better than having the keys
to the consolation-house.

The Beloved`s rejection is wanted more
than anyone else`s acceptance.

World-happinesss is nothing.
Look for what Bestami had, for
what Sanai and Attar wrote of.

A beautiful meal looks delicious.
Then one night passes, and the food passes
through you, becoming repellent filth.

Eat Love-food.
Suckle the toes of a Lion
like the baby Abraham did in the cave.

But you should put away what you learned
as a foetus in your cave, that need for blood.

There is a tall tower that Love builds.
Live there in Silence.

The One who knows all secrets
is here now, nearer
than your jugular vein.

Mevlana Rumi
The Diwan of Shams of Tabriz


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #4162 on: February 14, 2018, 03:45:52 AM »

Garland of Names of Shiv


O Shambhu, the one, Who has the moon on crest,
Who is the destroyer of Madan (Kamdev), Who holds a trident in His hand,
Who is static, Who is revered by the mountain king Himalaya,
Who is the Lord of Girija (Parvati), Who is the supreme Lord,
Who is the Lord of everything living, and Who destroys the fears of the bereaved!
O Lord of the universe!
Save me, the orphan out in this world, from the dense miseries of this world.||1||

O Rudra, the one, Who is dear to Parvati, Who has moon on the forehead,
Who is the leader of ghosts, Who is the Lord of tormentors,
Who is consistently chanted by Himalaya, Who is Vamdev (a form of Shiv),
Who is destroyer of the universe (during dooms time), and Who holds the Pinaka!
O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||2||

O Pashupati, the one, Who has a blue throat (due to poison),
Who has a flag with a bull sign, Who has five-mouths in one of the forms,
Who is the Lord of the world, Who wears a bracelet of snake?,
Who is the leader of tormentors, Who is Sharva (name of Rudra),
 Who has locks of tresses, Who is the consort of daughter of Giri (Parvati)!
O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||3||

O Shiv, the one, Who is the Lord of this world, Who is Shankar,
Who is revered by demi-gods, Who has the river Ganges flowing in His tresses,
Who is the leader of tormentors, Who is the Lord of Nandi and Banasur,
Who is the enemy of Andhakasur, Who is known as Har, and Who is Lord of every world!
O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||4||

O King of Varanasi! O Lord of Manikarnika?! O Superior to every warrior!
O destroyer of the sacrifice of Daksha! O Vibhu! O Lord of Gana?!
O the all knowing One! O the dweller inside everyone's heart (i.e. like a soul)! O Lord!
O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||5||

O the honorary One! O Benevolent! O Merciful!
O the one Whose hairs are like the sky (perhaps sprawling in all direction)!
O blue throated One! O Supreme leader of Gana! O the one Who uses ashes as body decor!
O the one Who wears a tied together garland of skulls! O Lord of the universe!
Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||6||

O the one Who lives on Mountain Kailas! O Vrishakapi (one of the eleven Rudra, i.e., destroyer)!
O Destroyer of death! O the one Who has three-eyes!
O the one Who pervades in all the three worlds! O Dear to Narayan (Vishnu)!
O Destroyer of pride! O Lord of Shakti (Parvati)! O Lord of the universe!
Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||7||

O Lord of the world! O destroyer of the cycle of birth and death!
O all pervading One! O Soul of everyone!
O the one Who is the storehouse of all qualities! O Lord of the world!
O the one Who is filled with compassion! O Helper of the weak!
O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.||8||

Salutes for Shiv, Who is the happiness and exuberance of Gauri (Parvati),
Who is Maheshvar, Who has five-heads (in one special form among many),
Who is like a Kalp-tree for refugee, Who is Sharva, Who is the Lord of this Universe,
and Who is destroyer of unhappiness and poverty.||9||

Notes:

1 Sheshavalaya is a compound with Shesha and Valaya.
The meaning of Valaya is clear and therefore, from the many descriptions of Shiv,
it is inferred that Shesha is a snake.

2The story of Manikarnika appears in the Shiv Puran.

Adi Shankara
Source:Stotra Ratnavali - Gitapress

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #4163 on: February 14, 2018, 04:01:52 AM »

Does this Earth and its sky take up space at all?
So staggering vast
Is the Expanse, Thou art!

Thou art the Self-Luminosity
That fire, sun and moon have seen not!

Thou art the Knowledge direct
Of all life in this universe and beyond.
Thou art All,
Thou art One,
Thou art Eternal,
Thou art Unattached,
Thou art Attributeless,
Thou art Pure Bliss
Beyond thought and word -
Thus Thou standeth unchanging.

Instead of sitting in quiescence
And attaining the Great Bliss,
I have sought the devilish mind
Like the infant that has lost its mother.
Is it to turn insane?

That I may not befriend that mind
Grant me the abiding gift
Of transcendant meditation of knowledge supreme.

Oh! Thou Sivam
That is Truth-Knowledge-Bliss!
The Cosmic Principle
That is Total-Fullness-Perfect!

Thayumanavar
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« Reply #4164 on: February 14, 2018, 04:12:07 AM »

Firm and disciplined inherence in the Atman
without giving the least scope for the rise of any thought
other than the deep contemplative thought of the Self,
constitutes self-surrender to the Supreme Lord.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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« Reply #4165 on: February 14, 2018, 04:24:18 AM »

O Moon of Grace, with Thy (cool) rays as hands,
open (within me) the ambrosial orifice and let my heart rejoice,
Oh Arunachala!

Sri Arunachala Aksharamanamalai
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi


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« Reply #4166 on: February 14, 2018, 04:56:33 AM »

Whatever It was

Whatever It was
that made this earth the base,
the world its life,
the wind its pillar,
arranged the lotus and the moon,
and covered it all with folds
of sky
with Itself inside,

to that Mystery
indifferent to differences,

to It I pray,O Ramanatha.

Devara Dasimayya
by A. K. Ramanujan


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« Reply #4167 on: February 14, 2018, 05:13:27 AM »

The Names of Siva


O Tamohara,
in the all-sinister heart,
you hunt the darkness.
Pushpalochana,
who watch nebulae unfurl,
such flowers your eyes!
Fathomless Pushkara,
manna in the wilderness
of anguish and mercy;
with lives and deaths through kalpas,
Father, you nurture our souls.
Blind Uttarana,
on a plain raft you take us
across all despair,
across the sea of judgement,
to a bright shore of freedom.

RAMESH MENON


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« Reply #4168 on: February 14, 2018, 05:34:38 AM »

O Love in the shape of Arunachala!
 Now that by thy Grace thou hast claimed me, what will become of me unless thou manifest thyself to me,
and I, yearning wistfully for thee and harassed by the darkness of the world, am lost?
How can the lotus blossom without the sight of the sun? Thou art the Sun of suns;
thou causest Grace to well up in abundance and pour forth as a stream!

Eleven Verses to Sri Arunachala
verse 1
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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« Reply #4169 on: February 18, 2018, 03:30:43 AM »
ABSURD PRAYER


Let me tell you a small story. It happened that Moses was passing and he came across a man who was praying. But he was doing such an absurd prayer (not only absurd, but insulting to God) that Moses stopped. It was absolutely unlawful. It is better not to pray than to pray in such a way, because the man was saying things which are impossible to believe. The man was saying, 'Let me come close to you my God. my Lord, and I promise that I will clean your body when it is dirty. Even if lice are there, I will take them away?. And I am a good shoe-maker, I will make you perfect shoes. You are moving in such ancient shoes -dirty, gone completely dirty?. And nobody looks after you, my Lord. I will look after you. When you are ill, I will serve and give you medicine. And I am a good cook also!'
This type of prayer he was doing! So Moses said, 'Stop! Stop your nonsense! What are you saying? To whom are. you talking - to God? And He has lice on His body? And His clothes are dirty and you will clean them? And nobody is there to look after Him, and you will be His cook? From whom have you learned this prayer?'
The man said, 'I have not learned it from anywhere. I am a very poor and uneducated man, and I don't know how to pray. I have made it up myself and these are the things that I know. Lice trouble me very much, so He must be in trouble. And sometimes the food is not good - my wife is not a good cook - and my stomach aches. He must be also suffering. This is just my own experience that has become my prayer. But if you know the right prayer, you teach me.'
So Moses taught him the right prayer. The man bowed down to Moses, thanked him, tears of deep gratitude flowing, and he went away. Moses was very happy. He thought that he had done a good deed. He looked at the sky to see what God thought about it.
And God was very angry! He said, 'I have sent you there to bring people closer to me, but you have thrown away one of my greatest lovers. Now he will be doing the right prayer, but it won?t be a prayer at all - because prayer has nothing to do with the law. It is LOVE. Love is a law unto itself; it needs no other law.'


by Osho