The Effulgence Within

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reasons for Tennyson's Mariners Preferring Death to Worldly Life.

Today's blog is in response to some of the fine queries RPresta has raised on Tennyson's Lotos-eaters. She asks about the mariners "Do they wish death, or do they wish an end to boredom? And is Death any better? Or is boredom Death"? What could be the reason/s? (perhaps there are answers but they... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The beautiful poetic qualities of Tennyson.

Tennyson’s The Lotos-Eaters portrays a dreamy, languorous life where work has ceased and all incentive to work is non-existent. Once the mariners have eaten of the honey-sweet lotos they become enamoured of its half-life and turn away from all toil and obligation. They would prefer even death to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

On a sad note

We have had a bereavement in the family. My mother-in-law, whom we were tending to in her sickness and ailment the last eight months, died a peaceful death on 7th. My brother-in-law suffered a massive stroke with cerebrovascular-insfficiency incapacitating him, now for over four months; he has no... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Mindless Emptiness of Eternity

What is mind, but a bundle of desires! When we start removing the threads of attachment one by one, the 'cloth' disappears. Likewise, when from the covering of the mind with its delusions and hungry cravings are detached, all that remains is a mind, clear and pure, and empty!! The one and only... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Tragic Death in Love-Birth

Tennyson’s “ The Lady of Shalott ” is a ballad based on an episode of the Arthurian legend centreing on the gallant knight Sir Lancelot. The fair lady of Shalott lives alone in her tower in a riverain island. A curse would befall upon her if she looks out directly on the world. So she views the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Meditation: The Door to Create New Awareness

Just as medicines are necessary to repair bodily ailments back to health, so is 'meditation' medicinal for the mind to keep it perfectly healthy, peaceful and in a state of equanimous tranquil. The mind must be emptied of all toxins. Unlike the western concept that 'an empty mind is a devil's... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Poem

Zigzag Two days and three nights Raged a scene of most horrific sights Deep in the hollow quarters of my mind Dark and dank and black Until my energies, all went slack Pregnant clouds sans rain Sent me to the throes of pain So much so to madness’ height That none could understand my plight Oh! how l... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 25, 2017

We are all a Prince by birth

Dorothy Clarke Wilson has written a book wherein she tells the story of how the baby Moses was abandoned by his mother, a Hebrew slave, and found by the Pharaoh’s daughter who brought him up as a prince, until he discovered his real identity and made it his life’s mission to lead his countrymen out... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Action in Inaction; Inaction in Action.

Yagna is sacrifice, and the whole concept of yagna is to lead one to transcendence, the transcendence from action to inaction or all actions coming to a cessation, or, action in inaction; inaction in action! How is it that one works and yet not work, or, does not work and yet works. Complicated,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 18, 2017

My previous submission explored from another perspective.

Verse 13, Ch.3 of the Bhagavad Gita says, “The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense-enjoyment, verily eat only sin." To this, one of my American friends asked me ‘I just don't... Sign in to see full entry.

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