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Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:06:01 PM »
Since solitude is being discussed "soundly" on another thread   :), I wish to share here Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope

Ode on Solitude

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.

Whose heards with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest! who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please,
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me dye;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lye.
Alexander Pope

Others can share poems ,sayings on Solitude by other poets , saints etc ( in English , Tamil ) etc
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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 02:26:51 PM »

O SOLITUDE! if I must with thee dwell,
Let it not be among the jumbled heap
Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,-
Nature’s observatory - whence the dell,
Its flowery slopes, its river’s crystal swell,
May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep
’Mongst boughs pavillion’d, where the deer’s swift leap
Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell.
But though I’ll gladly trace these scenes with thee,
Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,
Whose words are images of thoughts refin’d,
Is my soul’s pleasure; and it sure must be
Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,
When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.


(John Keats)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 07:51:10 PM »
WHEN

when the wind blows through the trees
i hear it whispering follow me
so i leave my worries right where they lay
i spread my wings and i fly away
i fly so high that i'm all alone
i fly so far i can never go home

when the rain falls in the sea
i hear it crying follow me
so i leave my sorrows right where they lay
i dive in the ocean and i swim away
i dive so deep that i'm all alone
i swim so far i can never go home

when the sun shines on the earth
i see it showing me what it's all worth
i leave my possessions right where they lay
i turn my back and i walk away
i'm walking straight and i'm walking alone
i walk so far i can never go home

when the moon is full in the night
it casts a spell of silvery light
so i leave my fears right where they lay
i catch a star and i wish away
i wish so hard when i'm all alone
i wish so hard but i can never go home

when i dream the eagle is near
echoes of truth resound in my ear
i leave myself right where i lay
and the fire within burns me away
burning so brightly never alone
burning completely forever at home

burning so brightly never alone
burning completely forever at home

....... David Ford
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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012, 08:51:55 PM »
The conditions of a solitary bird are five: First, that it flies to the highest point. Second, that it does not seek after company, not even its own kind. Third, that it aims its beak to the wind. Fourth, that it has no definite color. Fifth, that it sings very sweetly. (John of the Cross: Sayings of Light and Love)

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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2012, 08:59:34 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2012, 10:55:28 PM »
Oodles of light what a beautiful sight
Both of God's eyes are shining tonight
Rays and beams of incredible dreams
And I am a quiet man.

..... John Prine

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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 06:22:16 PM »
Living alone, though it may not be the state you ultimately desire for yourself, affords an unparalleled opportunity to know yourself, to be yourself, and to develop yourself as a unique and interesting individual. -Phyllis Hobe
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2013, 07:37:49 PM »
Q:  What are the factors to kept in view in dhyana?

Bhagavan: It is important for one who is established in his Self (atma nishta), to see that he does not swerve in the least
from this one pointed absorption.  While swerving from his true nature, he may see before him bright effulgence, etc., or
hear (unusual) sounds or regard as real the visions of gods appearing within or outside himself.  He should not be deceived
by these and forget himself.  If the consciousness that know objects itself is not real, then how can the objects known, which
are 'seen' be real?

- Sri Ramana Maharshi, Spiritual Instructions, Chapter II.

Arunachala Siva.         

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2013, 10:43:46 PM »

Chapter 13 Kshetra Kshetrajna Vibhaga yoga

Verse 11
mayi chAnanya yogEna bhaktiravyabhichAriNi
viviktadEsha sEvitvam aratirjana samsadi

Krishna explains the qualities that will lead one to knowledge. I think there are about 23 qualities.

In this verse, he says "constant and unalloyed devotion to Me; aspiring to live in a solitary place; detachment from general mass of people"

From personal experience, I believe this is a major development during spiritual sadhana. Without any "intentional effort", the need to be surrounded with people drops away and one actually enjoys being alone with Self.




Note: The list of all qualities
Humility; pridelessness; nonviolence; tolerance; simplicity; approaching a bona fide spiritual master; cleanliness; steadiness; self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification; absence of false ego; the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; detachment; freedom from entanglement with children, wife, home and the rest; even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me; aspiring to live in a solitary place; detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization; and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth — all these I declare to be knowledge, and besides this whatever there may be is ignorance.

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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 07:52:58 AM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 11:01:39 PM »
Aloneness


When you are alone you are not alone, you are simply lonely - and there is a tremendous difference between loneliness and aloneness. When you are lonely you are thinking of the other, you are missing the other. 

Loneliness is a negative state. You are feeling that it would have been better if the other were there - your friend, your wife, your mother, your beloved, your husband. It would have been good if the other were there, but the other is not. Loneliness is absence of the other. 

Aloneness is the presence of oneself. Aloneness is very positive. It is a presence, overflowing presence. You are so full of presence that you can fill the whole universe with your presence and there is no need for anybody.

When there is no "significant other" in our lives we can either be lonely, or enjoy the freedom that solitude brings. When we find no support among others for our deeply felt truths, we can either feel isolated and bitter, or celebrate the fact that our vision is strong enough even to survive the powerful human need for the approval of family, friends or colleagues. 

If you are facing such a situation now, be aware of how you are choosing to view your "aloneness" and take responsibility for the choice you have made. 

One of Gautam Buddha's most significant contributions to the spiritual life of humankind was to insist to his disciples, "Be a light unto yourself." Ultimately, each of us must develop within ourselves the capacity to make our way through the darkness without any companions, maps or guide.

Osho



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Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2013, 09:17:58 AM »
One must go into solitude to attain this divine love. To get butter from milk you must let it set into curd in a secluded spot; if it is too much disturbed, milk won't turn into curd. Next, you must put aside all other duties, sit in a quiet spot, and churn the curd. Only then do you get butter.
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2013, 09:21:13 AM »
Further, by meditating on God in solitude the mind acquires knowledge, dispassion, and devotion. But the very same mind goes downward if it dwells in the world. In the world there is only one thought: 'woman and gold'.
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 02:18:04 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 12:15:20 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha