Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

The Nativity of Christ

The Nativity of Christ Behold the father is his daughter’s son, The bird that built the nest is hatch’d therein, The old of years an hour hath not outrun, Eternal life to live doth now ...

Ibn Taymiya

God — praises to Him — is not His own creature, and not a part of His creation or an attribute of it. He is the Praised and Exalted, set apart in His holy Existence, ...

Al Ghazali

Love for God is the furthest reaches of all stations, the sum of the highest degrees, and there is no station after that of love, except its fruit and its consequences…nor is there any station ...

Rowena, Playing in the Sun

God, who stirred the void and in Motion’s birth Revealed yourself; the warm limbs wake Along the dark stairways, the far eyes life to take The fixed commotion of the stars, their dim furious speed ...

Five Sayings of Lal Ded

Passionate, with longing in my eyes, Searching wide, and seeking nights and days, Lo! I behold the Truthful One, the Wise, Here in mine own House to fill my gaze. That was the day of ...

From the “Sivagnana Potham” by Meikanda Thevar

In the presence of the Conscious, there is no Non-conscious. Yet they are twain, but do not know each other. The knower of the world and of Shiva is the knower’s soul, which is different ...

"Pious Fear" by Manikkavacakar

“Pious Fear” I fear not serpents lurking smooth; I fear no liars’ feignèd truth; But when I see fools venturing E’en to the foot of Him our king, Our three-eyed Lord with matted hair, Of ...

“Presence of God” by Appar

Appar No man holds sway o’er us, Nor death nor hell fear we; No tremblings, griefs of mind, No pains nor cringings see. Joy, day by day, unchanged Is ours, for we are His, His ...

The “Adhyatma-Ramayana”

None can ever be the cause of fortunate or misfortunate of another. The karman which we have ourselves accumulated in the past, that alone is the cause of fortune and misfortune….It is therefore in vain ...

From the “Gita-bhasya” by Ramanuja

Urged upon this compassion for mankind, God has assumed a human body so that he might be the refuge of all men; but they do not know him as He is. They consider him to ...

From the “Malatimadhava”

Glory to Saktinath, upon whose steps, The mighty goddesses attend, whom seek Successfully alone the firm of thought. He crowns the lofty aims of those who know And hold his form, as the pervading spirit, ...

The Kumara-sambhava

And the daughter of the mountain betraying her emotion by her limbs like quivering young kadamba-shoots, stood with head bent, her face all the more lovely with her turned-away glance. Then the three-eyed god [Kama], ...

The Tantras

She shines upon the white lotus arisen from the water, pervading the world. She holds in her hands scissors, a sword, a skull and a blue lotus. Her ornaments are snakes in the form of ...

The Saundarya Lahari

In the midst of the Ocean of Nectar, where covered with groves of heavenly wishing trees is the Isle of Gems, in the mansion of wishing jewels with its grove of nipa trees, on a ...

The Vishnu Purana

Being thus instructed by the god of gods, the divinities entered into alliance with the demons; and they jointly understood acquirement of the beverage of immortality. They collected various kinds of medicinal herbs, and cast ...

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