The Effulgence Within

Friday, May 14, 2021

An Appeal

My apologies to all my fellow readers at Blogitsville that it's been too long a time I've not been able to read, write, or comment in return. I've tested Corona+ve but that's one thing. The situation is going or rather has gone beyond control and in almost the every other house, we have 3 or 4... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Legion of Religioniists (a serio-comic poem I once wrote)

There was once a playful fly who With an intent for amusement Bit rather tight on the shiny Inviting pate of a cocky bald gent Screaming, Oh you b****** The dude on his grassless patch landed a crashing slap Dodging, mocked the fly Serves you right, and with glee I clap At your foolery questing for... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

George Herbert’s The Pulley

An exquisite poem by George Herbert, a 17 th century poet who died young, at forty, in 1633. He has been rightfully called the saint of the Metaphysical school. His poem, The Pulley, is a depiction of the inescapable relationship between Man and God. When God created Man, He, in his beneficence,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Struggle of the Divine in us to Win Over Evil

The longest poem The Fairie Quenne written in the English language is by Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599). First published in 1590 were Books I – III, and was later republished in 1596 with three more books, IV – VI. The epic is a fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

To an Athelete Dying Young

In the poem "To an Athlete Dying young", Housman recalls a time when a young athlete won the race which brought honour to the town. For his victory he was given a hero's reception by being carried in a chair throughout the market place. He was brought home held shoulder-high while people young and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Death, Be Not Proud

The title is from one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets --- though some have called thee, Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. (Opening lines) The greatest thing about the teachings of the Vedas and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Music Mystical

I see with wondrous eyes the danes Of life and death going on unceasingly Without a pause, for there are no full stops or commas In the cosmic cycle of Nature; it is always a continuous “IS” A yellowed leaf falls, detached from the tree, silently Without leaving a tear or a scar behind; it happily... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Knowledge versus Truth

There is a huge chasm between knowledge gathered from books and one’s experiential learning. The two can be categorized: the former most often drowns you, the latter enlightens you.The one is rote, memorized; the other is a live knowing, known from your lived experiences. No memory is required here.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Every Soul is Destined to be Perfect

The Shandilya Bhakti Sutra (the Thread of Shandilya's aphorisms on Devotion) says, "Jivānām brahmabhāvāpattir muktiritii vakshyate", meaning every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being in the end, will attain to that state. But the beginning has to be made from where we stand at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Should you listen to the braying of an ass?

Many people, more so the moralists seem to be hell-bent upon winning an argument, no matter whether these emanate from idiots or nondescript persons. Knowing fully well that nothing is to be gained, or: rather a lot is to be lost, - the peace, the balance, the equipoise - they still go on arguing... Sign in to see full entry.

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