Saturday, August 12, 2017

What The Saint Sees

We here,
and
that man, this man, and
that other in-between,
and

that woman, this woman,
and
that other, whoever,
those people, and these,
and
these others in-between,

this thing, that thing,
and
this other in-between, whichever
all things dying,

these things, those things,
those others in-between,
good things, bad things,
things that were, that will be,
being all of them,
He stands there.

Tamil poem by Nammalvar [trans. A. K. Ramanujan, *Poems of Love and War*]

(This is on the the god of thresholds). Nammalvar was a Sangam poet: Nammalvar is one of the twelve alwar saints of Tamil Nadu, India, who are known for their affiliation to the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism.

Born: 3102 BC, Alwarthirunagiri
Books: Hymns for the drowning, Sahasra-gitih of Sri Sathakopasurih

Sources for this article:
http://poetryilove-abhaiyengar.blogspot.in/2012/03/tamil-poem-by-nammalvar-trans-k.html
Wikipedia


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