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Ode To The Light. Happy Diwali, To My Indian Friends And Poetry-Loving Hubbers
To Venkatachari M and family; Surabhi and family; Chitrangada and family; Rajan and family, Madan and family; Hari; Harish and family; Abimanyu; Deergha, Shaloo, Sara Sarwaz, Sujaya, Ashish, Sulabha and more ... plus my Western Hubber Friends.
Festival of Lights
O piercing Ray, You who reflect in moonbeams,
Sunbeams and in the starlit nights.
Your burn the dross of my darkness,
Prune the shadows of my Heart,
Like an Angel of Fire, to grant me Peace.
Ah! I see You, dancing on rainbows,
Shimmering on the crest of the horizon,
As You glow, with the majesty of Sri Krishna,
On the Craters of the sun!
My Light! My Life! Thy inexhaustible Love,
Give fruits to the womb of my birth,
Piercing this body of clay to mold a haven,
For the delight and charm of universal beauty.
Come! My inner Beam! Bring me a carousel
Of one trillion candles, as You flood the path
To the runway of my darkness,
Enabling the inner Pilot of my visions,
To take me safely home.
O Light, my All, You burn with grandeur in
The Diwali Diya’s (lamps), lighting a beacon
In the Indian Soul with such magnificence,
That the entire diaspora shout Thy name.
O magic Lustre, sweet Flame,
Your shine in the terracotta lotus lanterns,
Proclaim the victory of Lord Rama and Valmiki,
With a paragon of lanterns and flares.
They dance on my bosom,
Enwrapping my Core with Bliss-Delight.
My Light! My Beauty! my effulgence-stream,
Submerge this Soul in a candela of brightness, and be my Dream.
_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted.
~Awakening The Inner Light ~
Sri Chinmoy's quote
“Although Light is the most needed spiritual quality of all, unfortunately it is the least wanted …
instead of feeling that the divine Light will illumine them, they mistakenly identify with their own limitations and imperfections and feel that they are going to be exposed. But the divine Light is not going to expose them. On the contrary, Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life.” –Sri Chinmoy
Lamps and their significance.
Lamps are a symbol of Light; of illumination; of the Joy of happiness; the triumph of good or Light, over evil or darkness. On a deeper level, they signify the seeker’s yearning for the Light of all Lights, the Bliss of the Self, and the unknowable … the Absolute Supreme which illumines all that is.