Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poem Re-Draft

(ADDED LATER: It suddenly occurred to me that not everyone might be familiar with the name "Dhruvasimha." In certain strains of Buddhism, Dhruvasimha, sometimes Dhruvasinha, (the name means 'Steadfast Lion') is the Buddha of the animal world; the symbol of Dhruvasimha's Buddha consciousness is the book, because language allows the asking of questions, and the asking of questions is itself the overcoming of animal ignorance.)


Beyond the first awareness is the seed,
source untouched by any craving need,
spark forever steadfast in its light,
constant in reflection and in fight:
thinker is but thought, and doer deed.

Sacred text in hand, the lion waits;
teaching is the path through golden gates
that reaches other realms and then
byssal depths of light beyond all ken.
One question given, answers dissipate.

Lion for reflection on the plains,
Free of deep delusion, in the rains
looks out on golden grasses and the sky;
golden eyes outlook all things that die.
Self once overcome, no self remains;
thoughts devoid of craving know no pain.

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