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Hymns of Salvation

Hymns of salvation

That  my own  body 
is my greatest enemy
was unknown to me.
Deluded,  
O Lord, I  was reveling  in its pleasures.

The ones that
do not listen to Your tales,
never  speak the truth and won’t feed the starving,
worry  not about what is right and what’s not,
would  not obey the Guru,
do not remember  Your name; 
O God, why should anyone care if such folks
are  alive or dead.

O God,  fed up we all are
kinsfolk  with weeping ,
relatives  with cremating ,
moms  with giving birth  ,
I  with getting born.

20/Nov/12
Form: “Suzette Prime” with the syllable count, per line, of  2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 etc , all Prime numbers.
For: Su Crous’ Prime numbers and Philosophy contest.

By: S.Jagathsimhan Nair.

* The philosophy of the poem is  borrowed  from the  hymns ( in Tamil) sung by one of our( Indian) saints named” PATTINATHAR”, revered for his words of wisdom and deeds of miracles. The reference in the 3rd stanza is to the innumerable incarnations each soul has to go through, age after age, till it gets freed from the cycle of births and deaths on attainment of salvation. Here he is praying to God for his own salvation : ” In this never ending cycle of births  and deaths ;  times without number, have my close relations wept for me whenever I died, my near ones cremated me as many times; times without number, mothers gave birth to me and times without number I was born into this world. We are all totally fed up, going through  this process repeating itself  again and again. O God, deliver me once and for all from this terrible fate”.
Stanzas 1 and 2 are self-explanatory.

For SKAT's contest on 15 Jun 13

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  1. Date: 3/26/2014 3:23:00 AM
    Hallo Jag ,Please see the blog by Eileen Ghali regarding Suzette Prime poetry. I would like to have your permission to include this in my volume of poetry, TIME. Hope you are well. Love, Su

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 10:55:00 AM
    I love the ending lines of this poem, it really explains the wonder of salvation, lovely poem S.Jagathsimhan Nair. Thanks too for the notes with this poem.

  1. Date: 12/15/2012 5:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your top spot Jag xx

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 9:01:00 PM
    Jag , congratulations in the "SUZETTE PRIME:" contest... :-) PD

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 6:32:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win in this challenging form Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 1:16:00 PM
    Congratulations, I love your poem and the depth of thought that accompanies it.

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 10:17:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS on your win in the SUZETTE PRIME contest, Jag. Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 8:18:00 PM
    Jag, Stopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 11:04:00 AM
    Reads like a winner to me..Good luck in Suzana's contest...Great educational work..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:21:00 AM
    You have done well with this Jag, Su did try and explain what she wanted to me but I didn't really understand I do now and this is a good example. Thanks xx