The Effulgence Within

Monday, December 28, 2020

Receiving manifolds in your Giving

Like poles repel each other in our natural world. Just as a rich man has jealousy for the other rich and no poor feels sympathy for another poor, in the world of the spiritual the equation is altogether different; like polarities attract but on the condition that I have to first give what I want to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Can Fiction Imitate Reality (A repeat)

T he Theatre of the Absurd gained much popularity as a medium of dramatic expression, although indistinct in its conveyance but one of relief all right, of the inner conflicts of Man to which he found no answers, especially when the world was passing through a phase of transition – uprisings against... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Knowledge and Knowing

Knowledge is simply a receptacle, a repository of information, mostly undigested and unassimilated, but this too, is a kind of knowing. In order to recall, memory is a must. There is another and superior kind - that of knowing - which is not rote or memorized; this one is live-knowing, known from... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Conrad’s Spiritual Voyage of Self-Discovery

Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) was a Polish-British writer, a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility to English literature. Charles Marlow, the narrator, tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames. Marlow is the central character of Conrad’s novel Heart of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Would Life be Unsupportable without Pain?

Here, where the world is quiet; Here, where all trouble seems Dead winds' and spent waves' riot In doubtful dreams of dreams; I watch the green field growing For reaping folk and sowing, For harvest-time and mowing, A sleepy world of streams. ……. ……. In Greek mythology, Proserpine is the daughter of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Be there no Lamentation if in the Dark I Embark

The most popular poet of the Victorian era, Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote the poem Crossing the Bar in 1889, three years before he died in 1892. The lines came to him in a flash of inspiration while ferry-crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth of the strait Solent. The image of the sea is used as a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Mind and Time.

Nothingness - what Modern physicists call no-matter - is the essential stuff the universe is made of, exactly as the Vedas had propounded thousands of years ago that all manifestation is derived from an ultimate principle of spiritual consciousness - the one and only existent form of eternity - the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Literary Quarrel: Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe

Dryden's Mac Flecknoe (written 1678, published 1682) was the result of a literary and personal quarrel between Dryden and Thomas Shadwell, a minor playwright. The poem is full of allusions to literary figures, plays, poems and publishers. Mac Flecknoeis a mock-heroic satire. This is literary a mode... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Quiet Zeal beneath a Mask of Jocularity

Expostulation and Reply”, which is one of the doctrinal poems in Lyrical Ballads, takes the form of a debate between William, who is Wordsworth himself, and his “good friend” Matthew, who is Hazlitt. The first three stanzas contain Matthew’s remonstrance; the last four stanzas contain William’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Paul’s Voyage to Rome: Did his Faith Save Him

I have often observed in the writings of many of my Christian friends raising an important issue on dying for faith's sake, saying - "because of faithful men like Peter and Paul, as well as the other disciples, Christianity flourished". Here is the story of Paul from the Bible. Please read on... Sign in to see full entry.

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