Life, Death, Dance

a poem by Ramesh T A

In the tresses of the Lord I find the meaning of the whole Universe
And in the flying tresses I see all the stars of the sky;
In the art of dancing maintains He poise with the balancing of His long legs
And in the beautifully gesticulating hands makes He perfect His eternal art!
The symbolic expressions of His face give birth to poems immortal
For the devotees to sing in rapturous joy in union with the Lord’s beats!
All the people singing prayer songs in unity become one with the divine Lord;
In the unity of all the beings only can we feel the power of the one Supreme being,
Who is the cause of all the creations and the end of all the beings,
War and peace go on continually in the infinite universe;
Storm and breeze go on continually in the brain of man;
And so war and peace are a common thing in the world of man also.
World War is not the need now as was in the old hour;
World peace is the utmost need of all in the present hour.
The world over poverty, unemployment and disease are enough to fight against;
Why should we have another war of the nations in the world?
In the trades of the world there are many problems due to the oil crisis;
And the industries of the world need power from nuclear energy and other sources.
But some nations like to have nuclear war with the neighbours!
Are they mad to play with the deadly detterences of war once more?
Have they forgotten the ravages of the two world wars?
For acquiring wealth there were wars in the world;
In the name of religion there were wars among nations;
In the name of races there were wars between nations;
And there were wars for various cause and reasons in the world.
It seemed history was repeating itself in the past;
Now again history seems to replay the past caring little for the causes and consequences!
So, suppress all the inhuman, brutalistic, mad ideas with a firm foot under the ground!
And leap high in human spirit to the divine stature
Ever erect, enthusiastic and elevating to the regions of the divine beings!
That is the way real human poise between life and death can surely be attained
And that is the open secret of the Cosmic dance of the Divine Lord!