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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)

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