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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Unbearable lightness

I kissed her lips
A chocolate jellyfish
Swam in my eyes
And what I swallowed
Blossomed in the caresses
Shirtless wonders
Nudged me afresh
But I let go
Unbearable lightness;

Cuddles muddle
Lips are delicious
A chocolate jellyfish
Swam in her eyes, fell,
I gobbled it up
Hugged and smiled
Ageless innocence
Melted in my arms
But I let go
Unbearable lightness.

14 Dec 2005
Atlanta GA

PS: Poetry for poetry's sake!
Judge the poem, not the poet!
(Dismayed by certain remarks: will write a blog about it)!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

THERE IS NO CHAOS.

THERE IS PERFECT ORDER IN COSMOS BECAUSE OF CREATOR.


The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

BRAHMAN, THE UNIVERSAL GROUND

1.
atha hainam gargi vacaknavi papraccha, yajnavalkya, iti hovaca, yad idam sarvam apsv otam ca protam ca, kasmin nu khalv apa otas ca protas ceti. vayau, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu vayur, otas ca protas ceti. antariksa-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalv antariksa-loka otas ca prota's ceti. gandharva-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu gandharva-loka otas ca protas ceti. aditya-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalv aditya-loka otas ca protas ceti. candra-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu candra-loka otas ca protas ceti. naksatra-lokesu, gargi iti. kasmin nu khalu naksatra-loka otas ca protas ceti. deva-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu deva-loka otas ca protas ceti. indra-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalv indra­loka otas ca protas ceti. praja-pati-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu praja-pati-loka otas ca protas ceti. brahma-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu brahma-loka otas ca protas ceti. sa hovaca, gargi matipraksih, ma to murdha vyapaptat, anatiprasnyam vai devatam atiprechasi, gargi, matipraksir iti. tato ha gargi vacaknavy upararama.
Verse with diacritical marks.

Atha hainam gargi vacaknavi papraccha: There was a lady in that audience. She is usually known in the Upanishad literature as Gargi. She was a knower of Brahman, a daughter of the sage Vacaknu. So, she is called Vacaknavi. Gargi Vacaknavi stands up. There was only one lady in the whole audience. She asked:

Yajnavalkya, iti hovaca, yad idam sarvam apsv otam ca protam ca, kasmin nu khalv opa otas ca protas ceti: "Everything is capable of being designated as resolvable to water because the element of cohesion is necessary for the appearance of any physical object." If there is no cohesive element in the earth, there would be only powder and not a solid body of the earth, even as a building will not be one single whole if that cohesive cementing principle is absent. So, we can say in one way that this principle which is called here the Water principle is the reality behind the Earth principle. "And what is it in which the water is located? If the Earth principle is controlled by the Water principle, it can be regarded as higher than the Earth principle. What is it that is superior to the Water principle?" Vayau, gargi, iti: "The Air principle is superior because it is precedes the manifestation of the Water principle in the process of creation." Kasmin nu khalu vayur, otas ca protas ceti: "In what is Vayu (air) woven like warp and woof?" What is its source? This is the question. Antariksa­lokesu, gargi, iti: "The atmospheric world." In the sky the principle of Vayu is located, there it is centred and into that it can be resolved, ultimately. Kasmin, nu khalv antariksa-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is this sky, the atmospheric region, located and where is it centered, to which it can be referred?" Gandharva-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The world of Gandharvas is superior in extent and subtlety to the atmospheric and the sky regions." Kasmin nu khalu gandharva-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is the Gandharva-loka located? Has it also a support?" "Yes!" Aditya-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The region of the sun is superior to the Gandharva-loka. That is its location." Kasmin nu khalv aditya-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is this solar region located?" Candra-lokesu, gargi, iti: Here it is said that the Chandra-loka, or the region of the moon is the location. Here, the moon does not mean the physical moon that you see, but the original condition of the planetary substance from which all the stellar regions can be said to have come out as effects from the cause. They are called Chandra-lokas because they are eternal in nature and not solid masses or orbs shining like the stellar region. Kasmin nu khalu candra-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where are these located, ultimately? They have also some support after all." Naksatra-lokesu, gargi, iti: "They have their support and location in the region of the stars." Kasmin nu khalu naksatra-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where are the stars located, ultimately?" "These regions which are the sources of even the stellar regions are again located in certain subtler realms. They are the causes of even the appearance of the stars." Deva-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The Naksatra-lokas, the physical realms, all this cosmos which is atronomically viewed, is located in the celestial regions. The physical realm can be regarded as an external appearance of an internal reality which is called here, Deva-loka, or the celestial paradise." Kasmin nu khalu deva-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is, again, the Deva-loka, or the world of the gods woven, like warp and woof?" Indra-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The Indra-loka, the world of the ruler of the celestials, that is superior to the location of the ordinary celestials. The Indra-loka is the source and is prior to the celestials paradise." Kasmin nu khalv indra-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is the Indra-loka located?" Praja-pati-lokesu, gargi, iti: "It is subsequent to Prajapati-loka." Here Prajapati-loka is identifiable with Virat Himself. Virat is the Supreme Power of all the worlds, Indra-loka and everything downwards. Kasmin nu khalu praja-pati-loka otas ca protas ceti: "How can you say that it is the ultimate? Is there nothing beyond it?" Brahma-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The world of Hiranyagarbha is Brahma­loka." That is the source of even Virat, or Prajapati­loka. Everything is strung in this Ultimate Being. Therefore, it is called Sutra-Atman. Sutra is a string. As beads are strung on a thread, so is everything that is created hanging, strung, on this thread of the Cosmos, or the Sutra-Atman, Brahma, or Hiranyagarbha. Ultimate Reality is that in which everything is included in one form or the other ­ brahma-lokesu, gargi, iti. Kasmin nu khalu brahma loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is this Brahma-loka located? The Supreme Hiranyagarbha is the source and the cause of everything, you say. Who is the cause of this?" Sa hovaca, gargi, matipraksih: Then Yajnavalkya says: "You are asking too much. You should not ask such questions of this kind. Matipraksih: If you ask too much, your head will fall down just now. So, do not go beyond permissible limits of logical argument, because it is inadmissible to ask the cause of the Cause of everything. You are asking for the cause of the Supreme Cause. Such a question is meaningless. So, Gargi - matipraksih, ma te murdha vyapaptat - by putting stupid questions, may your head not fall. Do not ask questions of this kind which have no meaning. You are asking where the Cause of all causes is situated! Such a question should not be put - ma te murdha vyapaptat. anatiprasnyam vai devatam: This is the Reality. This Supreme Being is That about which no question can be put, and it will not allow any query about It. Atiprechasi, gargi: Too much you are asking. Matipraksih: Do not ask like that." Tato ha gargi vacaknavi upararama: Then Vacaknavi Gargi, fearing that her head may fall, kept quiet. She did not speak further.

Anonymous said...

THERE IS NO CHAOS.

THERE IS PERFECT ORDER IN COSMOS BECAUSE OF CREATOR.


The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

BRAHMAN, THE UNIVERSAL GROUND

1.
atha hainam gargi vacaknavi papraccha, yajnavalkya, iti hovaca, yad idam sarvam apsv otam ca protam ca, kasmin nu khalv apa otas ca protas ceti. vayau, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu vayur, otas ca protas ceti. antariksa-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalv antariksa-loka otas ca prota's ceti. gandharva-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu gandharva-loka otas ca protas ceti. aditya-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalv aditya-loka otas ca protas ceti. candra-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu candra-loka otas ca protas ceti. naksatra-lokesu, gargi iti. kasmin nu khalu naksatra-loka otas ca protas ceti. deva-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu deva-loka otas ca protas ceti. indra-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalv indra­loka otas ca protas ceti. praja-pati-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu praja-pati-loka otas ca protas ceti. brahma-lokesu, gargi, iti. kasmin nu khalu brahma-loka otas ca protas ceti. sa hovaca, gargi matipraksih, ma to murdha vyapaptat, anatiprasnyam vai devatam atiprechasi, gargi, matipraksir iti. tato ha gargi vacaknavy upararama.
Verse with diacritical marks.

Atha hainam gargi vacaknavi papraccha: There was a lady in that audience. She is usually known in the Upanishad literature as Gargi. She was a knower of Brahman, a daughter of the sage Vacaknu. So, she is called Vacaknavi. Gargi Vacaknavi stands up. There was only one lady in the whole audience. She asked:

Yajnavalkya, iti hovaca, yad idam sarvam apsv otam ca protam ca, kasmin nu khalv opa otas ca protas ceti: "Everything is capable of being designated as resolvable to water because the element of cohesion is necessary for the appearance of any physical object." If there is no cohesive element in the earth, there would be only powder and not a solid body of the earth, even as a building will not be one single whole if that cohesive cementing principle is absent. So, we can say in one way that this principle which is called here the Water principle is the reality behind the Earth principle. "And what is it in which the water is located? If the Earth principle is controlled by the Water principle, it can be regarded as higher than the Earth principle. What is it that is superior to the Water principle?" Vayau, gargi, iti: "The Air principle is superior because it is precedes the manifestation of the Water principle in the process of creation." Kasmin nu khalu vayur, otas ca protas ceti: "In what is Vayu (air) woven like warp and woof?" What is its source? This is the question. Antariksa­lokesu, gargi, iti: "The atmospheric world." In the sky the principle of Vayu is located, there it is centred and into that it can be resolved, ultimately. Kasmin, nu khalv antariksa-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is this sky, the atmospheric region, located and where is it centered, to which it can be referred?" Gandharva-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The world of Gandharvas is superior in extent and subtlety to the atmospheric and the sky regions." Kasmin nu khalu gandharva-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is the Gandharva-loka located? Has it also a support?" "Yes!" Aditya-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The region of the sun is superior to the Gandharva-loka. That is its location." Kasmin nu khalv aditya-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is this solar region located?" Candra-lokesu, gargi, iti: Here it is said that the Chandra-loka, or the region of the moon is the location. Here, the moon does not mean the physical moon that you see, but the original condition of the planetary substance from which all the stellar regions can be said to have come out as effects from the cause. They are called Chandra-lokas because they are eternal in nature and not solid masses or orbs shining like the stellar region. Kasmin nu khalu candra-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where are these located, ultimately? They have also some support after all." Naksatra-lokesu, gargi, iti: "They have their support and location in the region of the stars." Kasmin nu khalu naksatra-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where are the stars located, ultimately?" "These regions which are the sources of even the stellar regions are again located in certain subtler realms. They are the causes of even the appearance of the stars." Deva-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The Naksatra-lokas, the physical realms, all this cosmos which is atronomically viewed, is located in the celestial regions. The physical realm can be regarded as an external appearance of an internal reality which is called here, Deva-loka, or the celestial paradise." Kasmin nu khalu deva-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is, again, the Deva-loka, or the world of the gods woven, like warp and woof?" Indra-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The Indra-loka, the world of the ruler of the celestials, that is superior to the location of the ordinary celestials. The Indra-loka is the source and is prior to the celestials paradise." Kasmin nu khalv indra-loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is the Indra-loka located?" Praja-pati-lokesu, gargi, iti: "It is subsequent to Prajapati-loka." Here Prajapati-loka is identifiable with Virat Himself. Virat is the Supreme Power of all the worlds, Indra-loka and everything downwards. Kasmin nu khalu praja-pati-loka otas ca protas ceti: "How can you say that it is the ultimate? Is there nothing beyond it?" Brahma-lokesu, gargi, iti: "The world of Hiranyagarbha is Brahma­loka." That is the source of even Virat, or Prajapati­loka. Everything is strung in this Ultimate Being. Therefore, it is called Sutra-Atman. Sutra is a string. As beads are strung on a thread, so is everything that is created hanging, strung, on this thread of the Cosmos, or the Sutra-Atman, Brahma, or Hiranyagarbha. Ultimate Reality is that in which everything is included in one form or the other ­ brahma-lokesu, gargi, iti. Kasmin nu khalu brahma loka otas ca protas ceti: "Where is this Brahma-loka located? The Supreme Hiranyagarbha is the source and the cause of everything, you say. Who is the cause of this?" Sa hovaca, gargi, matipraksih: Then Yajnavalkya says: "You are asking too much. You should not ask such questions of this kind. Matipraksih: If you ask too much, your head will fall down just now. So, do not go beyond permissible limits of logical argument, because it is inadmissible to ask the cause of the Cause of everything. You are asking for the cause of the Supreme Cause. Such a question is meaningless. So, Gargi - matipraksih, ma te murdha vyapaptat - by putting stupid questions, may your head not fall. Do not ask questions of this kind which have no meaning. You are asking where the Cause of all causes is situated! Such a question should not be put - ma te murdha vyapaptat. anatiprasnyam vai devatam: This is the Reality. This Supreme Being is That about which no question can be put, and it will not allow any query about It. Atiprechasi, gargi: Too much you are asking. Matipraksih: Do not ask like that." Tato ha gargi vacaknavi upararama: Then Vacaknavi Gargi, fearing that her head may fall, kept quiet. She did not speak further.

Vivek said...

Started reading Upnishads lately; but how did you, the anonymous commentor find out?
That said, please stop quoting scriptures out of context; for chaos, look in your head or mine or at the world around us, and thanks much for reading my poetry.

Anonymous said...

CHAOS IN HEAD AND OUTSIDE US,BECOMES OPPOSITE OF CHAOS = COSMOS AKA ORDER, WHEN ONE BELIEVES IN ORIGIN OF COSMOS AS COSMOS,BUT NOT AS CHAOS.
QUOTED IT TO THE CONTEXT, FOR LONGINGS OF VAIN POET STARTS AND ENDS IN CHAOS.
PROOF OF MY QUOTE TO THE CONTEXT LIES IN YOUR PROMPTNESS TO RESPOND AND FEEL OUTRAGED ABOUT IT.

Anonymous said...

IF IT DID NOT TOUCH YOU, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE RESPONDED.

Anonymous said...

VAIN LONGINGS OF A VAIN POET START AND END IN CHAOS.

TRUE LONGINGS OF A DEVOTEE START AND END IN COSMOS:ORDER.

Shpriya said...

thks for stepping in, Vivek! Was wondering which is ur active blog ro comment upon. Got to read ur poems one by one yet:)

Chay said...

Vivek...you should change your settings for comments...there is a comment moderator feature on blogger where you can chose to publish the comments you recieve and trash the ones that dont make any sense. and use a word verification thingy as well...

and you know better than to let this religious balderdash to affect you... :-))))))

Chay

Swanima said...

nice poem Vivek!

Swanima

Ardra said...

sometimes one feels that some things cannot be put in words...
obviously I was mistaken...:-)