My Poems

World full of singing

World full of singing

The world is full of Your singing Oh dancing flute player bright Sweet is the thrill of your laughing Filling your loves with delight Soft is the touch of your ruby-like palms Full of great joy are your songs Visions of yours are such soothing balms For you my heart ever longs How can I please You my love, my Lord? How make Your pleasure increase? Cut my illusion with knowledge’s sword From maya please grant my release Not for the purpose of...

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God as sound: Nrsimhadeva & Prahlada

God as sound: Nrsimhadeva & Prahlada

The Sound of Nrsimhadeva before He emerges from the Pillar In three parts From the Bhagavatam (7.8.15-16): Then from within the pillar came a fearful sound, which appeared to crack the covering of the universe. O my dear Yudhisthira, this sound reached even the abodes of the demigods like Lord Brahma, and when the demigods heard it, they thought, “Oh, now our planets are being destroyed!” While showing his extraordinary prowess,...

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Watermelon

Watermelon

Bottle of juice it says in the store But really, store clerk, we don’t want anymore. It’s just water and sugar, colored flavor, not nice A chemical drink that one pours over ice. In colors fantastic—bright red and lime green Juice it is not, though at first it might seem Real to those captured in maya’s strong dream But, here! Here’s the juice packed by Krishna so sweet. It’s water and red with some flavor, complete To satisfy us from the heat...

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Arjuna and Karna

Arjuna and Karna

The bowstrings twang Flash! Arrows sang Your glory as the fight’s begun— Arjuna fights the sun god’s son. The weapons blaze upon the sky As soldiers, stunned, are standing by And cowards flee away from fear While you, Krishna, are sitting near. No one’s plans can conquer you Or anyone who serves you true For what you want will come to pass While plans of demons cannot last. Your face far brighter than the moon Shines benediction on Arjuna But...

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Love for you

Love for you

Everything in life, Lord, you direct Though not seeing you we quickly forget How you’re everywhere and in everything And all life’s situations happiness brings To one who never fails to see your grace Evidence even in the filth of this place So many, Lord, try to come to you I see them around me—Muslim, Hindu and Jew They wear their symbols and garb as I do Telling the world worship is your due Their sentiments inspire, I pay them respect And...

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Shelter

Shelter

Shelter keeps harm far away. Shelter is where one finds a way To safety and a place of trust; The shelter itself cannot bust Up into thousands of pieces, Tearing flesh and leaving creases In the flowing fabric of life; Shelter doesn’t stab in the back with a knife. Shelter is sturdy and strong and holds; Solid, dependable without hidden molds Which rot from within and destroy the place Just when one needs relief and grace; In illusion we seek...

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