The Effulgence Within

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Thus Begins the Battle

It is Day Ten on the battlefield. Bhishma, the unconquerable grand old one-man-army felled by Arjuna, using Shikhandi as a shield against whom he could not use his weaponry, lay in the battlefield on a bed of arrows, yet alive but removed from action. Sanjaya, Dhritarashtra’s charioteer comes back... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Workings of the Cosmic Will

Now begins the second part, a sequel, as to how another chain of events in the divine design led to the battle of Kurukshetra. We saw Amba, a woman in her earlier birth, now a man by the name of Shikhandi, a transvestite who, Arjuna used as a shield to fell the unconquerable grandsire of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Background to The Bhagavad Gita (A repeat of an incredible story)

Bhagavad-Gita, which appears in the form of eighteen chapters in the world’s greatest epic, the Mahabharata, essentially means the song of the divine, sung in the battlefield of Kurukshetra some five thousand three hundred years ago. Another peculiarity, it is the only scripture of its kind... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Lucy Poems

Of the five Lucy poems composed by Wordsworth four were printed in Lyrical Ballads of 1800. These four poems, all in the lyrical vein, are sober meditations on the death or apprehension of death of a girl who was the object of a deep and tender love. The love is not impassioned but meditated in... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Life in kinship

Wordsworth’s poem “ The Old Cumberland Beggar ” was composed in 1798 and published in Lyrical Ballads (1800 edition). It is a touching narrative of kindness keeping a shell of a man alive; while also an exhortation against the legislative measures to get beggars into poorhouses. Scoffing at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Sonnet on Mixed-up Gropings

I know not what strange affliction assails me today Somehow it tells me Aba, you’ve gone too far Hold, hold, why don’t you realize it’s not your day Conscerate all to Lord and spare the unnecessary spar You indulge in, in your rationality walks of daily life All are nothing but mere exercises in... Sign in to see full entry.

Tranquil, Universal, Versatile.

The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more." ( The Solitary Reaper ) In the course of one of his walking tours, Wordsworth once saw a Scottish Highland girl reaping and singing all alone in a field. Her song, which had a melancholy ring, filled the entire valley, and the poet was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Old age is not pitiably beggarly

"Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying; My dog and I are old, too old for roving. Man, whose young passion sets the spindrift flying, Is soon too lame to march, too cold for loving.” The above are the opening lines of John Masefield’s poem On Growing Old, wherein is contrasted the natural gifts... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Study of Differentiated Mental Violence

I was reading about Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. All were revolutionaries, but of different kinds: Marx, non-violent; Stalin, violent; and Trotsky, violence personified. The Marxist revolution thrived under the umbrella of the Gainer Theory which says: Either you gain something or you... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Companions in Negativity

Joy, O Joy, the beautiful one! You, the most Unfathomable enigmatic mystery overwhelming! Take us into your folds not as guest but a host Fly us to the land where sorrows abound, overflowing Tears express; not always of sadness necessarily They appear ever so often as companions in negativity, only... Sign in to see full entry.

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