LanternsPosted: May 18, 2011
( This post is in celebration of Wesak, a festival which commemorates the birth, the attaining of Buddhahood and the death of Lord Buddha which takes place today. This festival is generally known as a festival of light where we light lanterns, adorn the houses in strings of light and basically bedazzle our environment in a festive, yet tranquil manner. The temple plays the major role in this festival thus giving it that sense of peace, serenity and fulfillment. I have tried merely to capture the overwhelmingly ecstatic aura which surrounds the household during the festival and this is just a fraction of it that I have managed to behold in my humble words. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves%C4%81kha )
I lit three lanterns today
Red for love, yellow for happiness
White for peace, perpetual cravings
Of the heart, the mind and the soul
That shall not be appeased, for there is always
Something amiss for us
The mortals, the never satisfied.
Yet, the garden
Flecked with morcels of light sang
Happy songs, quiet and calm, it swayed
Under a full moon that hung precariously from the heavens
Perfumed with the frangipani of the morning and the kadupul
The queen of the night.
The globes of light swayed, lulled
With the sacred breeze from the temple, perfumed
With incense and oil lamps, it soothed
Bathed and cleansed, for a moment
For one fleeting moment,
The weight of the world fell off sagging shoulders
While the rows of lights blinked, winked and glistened
Bathed and dazzled a chimeric state of mind.
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