( O BLESS US )
One who dispels misery,
Busts illusions, grants wishes,
Lifts away darkness, and is
Ever eternal ;
Sustainer of life, soft yet
Severe, tender yet tough, the
Ultimate Truth, world’s witness,
Form: Dodoitsu (sylls: 7-7-7-5 )/Acrostic.
@ 20 jun 2013
For Anne Currin's 'Any poem'.
1)“Sooryaya namah” is Sanskrit, has 5 syllables, and it means “Salutations to the Sun”.
2) The first letters of the above 8 lines put together in its order reads “ O BLESS US”
3) This is an abridged and rough rendering of the famous ‘Aditya Hridaya Mantra’( a prayer to the Sun God) from The Ramayana, India’s age-old epic. Chanting of this is supposed to free one from the three kinds of misfortunes of mankind, viz. 1) Soul-related( diseases, pain, hunger etc), 2) Physical surroundings-related ( robbers, beasts, terrorists etc ), 3) Divine in nature ( earthquakes, floods, droughts, hurricanes, Tsunamis etc)