Living in this world is not always easy. Life is navigation. Courses are charted by decisions. Everyone makes them. No one can escape them.
Nevertheless there is peace in the midst of life, for each and every one. But peace must be chosen. It must be declared boldly in the face of great challenges, against the tide of human misery, the agony of defeat.
What will you say to your world today? How will you greet it? Bowed and bent or erect and dignified? Rise up, dear readers, rise up!
“In Salutation to the Eternal Peace” – Sarojini Nayadu
Men say the world is full of fear and hate,
And all life’s ripening harvest-fields await
The restless sickle of relentless fate.
But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,
When from the climbing terraces of corn
I watch the golden orioles of Thy morn.
What care I for the world’s desire and pride,
Who know the silver wings that gleam and glide,
The homing pigeons of Thine eventide?
What care I for the world’s loud weariness,
Who dream in twilight granaries Thou dost bless
With delicate sheaves of mellow silences?
Say, shall I heed dull presages of doom,
Or dread the rumoured loneliness and gloom,
The mute and mythic terror of the tomb?
For my glad heart is drunk and drenched with Thee,
O inmost wine of living ecstasy!
O intimate essence of eternity!
3 thoughts on “Eternal Peace”
Your words presented are exquisitely and beyond soul satisfying. They fill to overflowing. Thank you!!!
What exquisite words by Sarojini Nayadu, they delight my heart, and your complement to them inspired additional meditation. They made me aware Gregg of just how vital thankfulness is in maintaining ones dignity, and the ability to rise up. Without it ones senses are dulled and ones ability to perceive the “essences of eternity” are lost. What a barren existence to walk this earth without that invigorating spark. Thank you Gregg.
I believe looking for peace for ourselves on this Earth, at this time, is in vain. Can fallen mankind even produce peace? It was recorded that Jesus said to his disciples when he was instructing them that, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Perhaps righteousness is a more accurate persuit. With that as our priority there is an element of deep peace that comes from being one with the efforts of God. Beautiful poem today. I do love her works.