I have always been a great fan of Haiku. Short, profound at times, surreal at times, painting beautiful images of nature most times and always impactful.
I was reading about the Haiku poet Paul Muldoon and found some lovely poems there. Here is one of my favorites (quoted from Modern Haiku Volume 35.2):
“…It’s hard to read a verse on a common snake and not think of Kyoshi Takahama’s well-known poem:
hebi nigete ware o mishi me no kusa ni nokoru
the snake flees—
the eyes that saw me
remain in the grass”
Another that I remember reading in the Times of India many years ago:
“The sign says do not pluck the flowers but the wind cannot read.”
In Venezuela they dropped the Simpsons from TV because it had a bad influence on kids and replaced it with Baywatch!!
Full story here.
I read it first on P.O.V
I had an enlightening conversation with skm today. He was talking about the Vedas and the abstractness of the philosophy contained in them! It is very very interesting. I think I will make a serious effort to relearn Sanskrit and read some verses everyday.
One of the most profound pieces of writing that I came across thanks to the conversation is the Naasadiya Suktam. Found in the RigVeda, it talks about the beginning of existence. The origin of the cosmos. Only the first verse is here. The rest of the suktam and a good commentary can be found at this page.
nAsadeeya sUktam RigvEda 10.129
Nasadaseenno sadasit tadanim. Na sidrajo no vyoma paro yat.
Kimaavareevaha kuhakasya sharmann. Ambhaha kimasit gahanam gabhiram.
There was no death then, nor yet deathlessness; of night or day there was not any sign. The One breathed without breath by its own impulse. Other than that was nothing else at all.
Note: English translation by Prof. Raimundo Panikkar
So, it was just another lazy Sunday, until I decided to go watch three short plays in Marathi. Then it became an interesting Sunday!
One of them was called “One second’s life”. It was about two people who are trapped under the front wheels of a bus and the last second of their life as the rear wheels approach them. It shows the thoughts that go through their minds, the conversations they have, the unfulfilled dreams that they will leave behind. One second was expanded to an hour. Very interesting concept (theatre noir?), executed with no props or sets, only light and sound and two good actors!
Made me think about the gift of life!
I made a new resolution: All my endeavors should be such that if someone were to tell me – you can’t do that anymore – I should be happy with what I have done so far. If I bowl four balls in an over and pull my hamstring, I should be happy with the 4 that I bowled and retire in peace!
In the meanwhile, I finally got my hands on a sketch book and some color pencils and sketched the window of my room and a lamp with a scarf hanging on it!