Poem: Sense and Silence

Lord Shiva
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Listen to this peaceful mantra while you read.

I enter an epic museum of silence,

It is dusky and husky,

Nay! A stygian river;

And as I stoop,

I see my reflection,

Sternly gawking,

In the Mirror;


Myriad of images,

Hurtle in my mind,

Unbridled, like a snake,

They embezzle my Vision;

Anon, drowsiness erupts,

Fettering me fully,

Ugh! What’s this helter-skelter prison?


Oi! I’m riven,

Wandering hither and thither;

No. I’m not amazed,

For the fire in me vehemently Blaze;

Oh! Silence, what have thou done?

Have thou plucked my eyes?

Or chopped my tongue?


An uncanny numbness,

Eventuates in me,

I cease, I see,

And hark to the footsteps,

Of a Lantern Carrier;


Luminous yellow Flames

Embroider his hands,

As he upheaves the Golden oil lamp;

I then gain my vision and my speech,

And breathe in his silence of tremendous Peace.


Simply uttering the Divine chants;

“Hari Om… Om Shanti… Om Namah Shivaya…”

I gain my consciousness,

And wear thy gifted Saffron attire;

Copious violins chime and play,

Temple bells ring… Harmoniums lay,

Holding a Trident and drenched in Sun,

O’ how thou shower on me,

With thy Blissful rays and hum!


~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015

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manatita44 14 months ago from london

He he. Om Namah Shivaya!

By the way, I go to the Pantali Yoga Ashram about twice a year and this is one of our favourite chants. I use to say it quite frequently with Shivananda's group and Swami Muktananda's devotees. Great mantra music!!

Now to your poem. I see some bits of the Lantern Carrier in there, I mean the Spirit. Make it your own, which means, weave it into your heart and make it yours.

Wonderful poem and tremendous potential. Your last stanza is heavenly! Continue ... continue ...


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

That was a very pleasant mantra Surabhi, and I love the opening stanza:

I enter an epic Museum of Silence,

"It is dusky and husky,

Nay! A stygian river;

And as I stoop,

I see my reflection,

Sternly gawking,

In the Mirror."

Again wonderful use of words ..I am a little disappointed though..you didn't give me any I am not familiar with :)

Seriously, a very pleasing read.


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swalia 14 months ago

Wow! This reminded me of the blissful days in silence at our ashram. What peace, what bliss in silence! The time to reflect and be with myself! And now your poetry has left me with a longing to be in silence again in the presence of my Master :)

Beautiful poem!


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Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Manatita,

Om Namah Shivaya. Yes, I have heard of Patanjali Yoga Ashram by Swami Ramdev-ji. It’s in Rishikesh, Haridwar. I think they have many foundations in different countries. Glad you liked the mantra music. I listen to this quite often. It calms me down in difficult times.

Well, he he. You’ve awakened the Lantern Carrier. Do you know you handed me this term when I was writing this poetry? You silently whispered… he he :)

Gratitude… much gratitude… Jai Lord!


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Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Jodah,

I am delighted you loved the opening stanza. It’s such a pleasure when a Great writer recognizes the value of words and the craft of stanza.

There are times when I’ve to flip the pages of dictionary while reading your fictions. Hahaha! You are an amazing writer, Sir. Amazing. I’m also learning the art of writing a fiction from you. Thank you for your kind words as always. Lots of love to you :)


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Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Shaloo,

You are so sweet! I am humbled that it touched. Carry on this bliss which the Divine has showered upon you :) I appreciate your feedback. Hugs.

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