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: