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The Great Night Of Shiva

Spiritual Celebration

On the fourteenth of Phalguna something takes place
On the earth. There’s an upsurge in its energy.
Every life form experiences this increase
In life force. It’s a time when there’s a huge release
Of the stressful effects of personality.
On this night the magic of Shiva we embrace.

So what’s Shiva? It’s ultimate reality…
Also a personal God as well as one who
Is present behind all that the self can perceive.
On The Great Night Of Shiva one wants to achieve
The consciousness of Shiva supreme in its view
Of creation. From the third eye we want to see.

Of all creatures on earth our spines are vertical.
Through the night of Shiva people keep them that way.
They remain awake because they want to transcend
Normal everyday consciousness so they will spend
The whole time staying upright. Attention they pay
To the energy palpable and supernal.

One tremendous cosmic existential aspect
Of this great night is it’s an opportunity
To engage and encounter the experience
Of the consciousness of Shiva. It’s quite intense.
Overcoming the darkness of the mind is the
Purpose of celebrating this urge to connect.

The Astronomer

Nature Versus Lecture

Listening to the astronomy fellow speak
All the figures and proofs were arranged before me
In columnar fashion. The charts and diagrams
I was told to get used to. Too many exams,
Insufficient comprehension and apathy
Contributed to my feeling stupid and weak.

Much applause in the lecture room does the one get
Where I, sitting, unmoved by whatever was said,
Wonder how I got myself in this conundrum.
More upset and alienated I become.
No reason is apparent that I should feel dread
At the thought of my engaging with a known threat.

Until I rise and glide out I find no relief.
It is better for me that I wander alone
In the elsewhere that’s only a few steps away.
There’s no way in the vast universe will I stay
Captive to someone’s letters. Indeed I must own
How I want to feel. Life on this planet is brief.

From time to time in the mystical moist night air
I look up to the heavens in perfect silence
At the stars and feel better. So what have I learned?
It is probably that I should not be concerned
So much with someone’s lecture. It makes better sense
To behold the true teacher and become aware.