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Seventh Heaven

When the city of seven gates*

Ascends the seven storeys^

Hears the primordial Sound# resonate

Far beyond the seven second echo of the temple bell

And sees the seven colours merge into The One

It is the seventh heaven

* The Bhagvad Gita refers to the human body as the City with 9 Gates – openings for the 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, the genitals and the anus. I have used this as seven, with the thought that we use principally the senses located in the head to experience.

^ The seven chakras

# Referring to Om. It is said that temple bells form the A-U-M sound when they are rung and they are meant to resonate for 7 seconds.

Inspired by yet another visit to Rishikesh, this time climbing uphill and up several flights of stairs to a multi-tiered temple overlooking the town. This is piece no. 3/5

Here are the previous two:

On Silence

Sangam (The River and a Rivulet)

On Silence

Some say silence is empty
Devoid and bereft

Some say silence is barren, lacking, wanting
But in abandonment, there’s admission and alertness
In slumber, there’s awareness and awakening and arising
In emptiness, is possibility and potential
Silence is observation and understanding and insight
Isolation is exploration and discovery
It is in silence that you can impel your thoughts higher
In silence, you can create, as indeed can you elevate

Some say silence is renunciation
An exile only for the ascetic
But silence is also for the ordinary person
It is the eloquence of the unknown
And the exclamation of the unsaid

In concealment is revelation
In the conscious and deliberate retardation
Regression and relinquishment of words and hearing
Is a talking to, a listening

It is in silence
That you can hear the sound of the mind
Frequencies, channels and unheard energy sources
The ripples of consciousness
The music of the soul
The tingling of the senses
The inner voice, mute but audible

In stillness, calm and placidity
There is to be found profundity
In silence is contemplation, clarity and coherence
In silence is communion, completeness, no limitations
In the fixity of silence, there’s the infinite
In the seclusion of aural stimulation
There is no perturbation
No unquiet agitation
There is absolute peace

In tranquility
Culled of all noise
Is the rhythm of the Universe
You can see vision within
Beauteous sights otherwise unseen by the eye
In silence there is compassion
You can smell the fragrance of love
You can perceive bliss and the blessing of life
Feel the Lord in yourself
Hear the breath resonate in the prana*
In silence is life

Some say silence is a vacant space
An absence
But in silence is also the presence of The Presence
In silence
Is The Word

*The life force which is believed to flow through all living beings

Rishikesh, November ’18. Piece 2/5

And this below is the first piece…

It Hurts, But It’s Funny

A big lesson to be learned here

Lifting weights wrongly can give you a hernia

Especially now that you’re not a junior

An abdominal lump quite peculiar

Ignoring it can cause unbearable pain, yeah

Then you wait for the doctor in turn, yeah

Realize that surgeries can completely burn ya

But it’s the only hope it doesn’t return, nah

Damn that darn infernal hernia