the seeker

1.
you whose milk
flows
through the veins
of the brahmanda*
O Mother*
you elude me
why?

2.
a ray of the distant sun
caresses a dust mote
dancing in a dark corner
and
i
O Mother
do not feel your radiance

3.
your silence
speaks nothing to me
O Mother
your voice
if only in rebuke
i could hear

4.
show thyself  to me
O Mother
if your radiance
incinerates
so be it

5.
our avarice
births halahala*
there is no
Garalakanta*
to consume the poisons
to gift this earth
another chance

6.
my prayer
rises from
ignorance
therefore
my prayer
is silence

7.
the truth is in you
like a pearl in
an oyster
for some truths
to be seen
you must be
shucked

© 2011 Padmavani Karkera
*Mother = the feminine force of the cosmos worshipped by Hindus, this force is considered to be dynamic manifestation of the masculine potential.
* brahmanda = Universe
*halahala = Poison (story below)
*Garalakanta = Garala = Poison Kanta= Throat (one of the names of Shiva. An interesting mythological story where the ocean is churned by the gods and the demons, to coax or force Amrutha (Ambrosia) to the surface. This would guaranteee youth and immortality to those who would consume the Ambrosia. The first product of the churning was a vicious poison (Halahala) that begins to spread, destroying everything it embraces. Shiva comes to the rescue and proceeds to draw the poison into his mouth. He realises that there is no place he can dispose the poison, so he holds it in his throat. Therefore the name Garalakanta.)

Comments

  1. Dear Padmavani,

    I am overcome with joy at the letter I received from Maureen Doallas today concerning the prize which you won in the competition on her website, but requested be forwarded to me. This honour is truly humbling and the book is something I will always treasure. The generosity which both of you exhibit is inspirational.

    Many thanks,

    Elizabeth.

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