Friday, July 4, 2008

Song of the Soul

Song of the Soul by Venu Nair

At last, I see it

Revealed ahead

As the golden beach

Far from the dreary lands that stretched all along the forlorn path

That wound up and down with steep climbs and sharp turns

Overlooking a varied panorama of noisy scenes

Enshrining life's mediocrity in totality

The wonderful golden sunshine

Is all that is here

Bathing and filling everything in view

It is all that is here and there and everywhere

It is in me and you

All those who have come here

Through which ever path of their own

Bathe and fill themselves with that alone

And that alone is love and joy, peace and bliss

As I melt in the warm golden sun like a drop of dew

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?