Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

The Mahabharata

And, O Yudhisthira, the Selfcreate Grandsire, Almighty God, spreading illusion, slayeth the creatures by the instrumentality of his creatures, as one may break a piece of inert and senseless wood with wood, or stone with ...

To God

To God How many things they say about you — that you created the expanding universe, or was it that the world’s people created you? Whose side do you choose? The rich — who take ...

A Meditation on the Lord's Prayer

O good Father in Heaven, albeit there is nothing that we greatly fear, having the merciful unto [sic] us and while mutual love and charity each with other maketh us thy children of more strength ...

Dead

Whichever neighborhood has no clergyman I shall die there. Let no one see how beautiful Are all the things I have, my feet, my hair. In the name of the dead, free and immaculate, A ...

Untitled

Untitled Our cries, she used to say Would scratch the moon’s windowpanes And scrape the corners of tombstones which milked the moon My mother set the long slope of her back against us to interrogate ...

String Theory

String Theory Scientists are still trying to find out what makes the cosmos tick. I don’t even know what makes my dad work, bright thwarted man that he is, would have outdone us all, had ...

The Popol Vuh

Wait! thou Maker, thou Modeler, look at us, listen to us, don’t let us fall, don’t leave us aside, thou god in the sky, on the earth, Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth, give us ...

In Praise of a Gold and Silver Painted Scene

In Praise of a Gold and Silver Painted Scene of the Buddha Manifestation in the Pure Land of the West, with a Preface Looking toward the west where the sun sinks away, Behold afar that ...

Rhymeprose on an Owl

Disaster is to fortune as strands of a single rope. Fate is past understanding — who comprehends its bounds? Force water and it spurts, force an arrow and it goes far: All things are propelled ...

“The Heaven Questions”

“The Heaven Questions” In the beginning of old, all is yet formless, no up or down, Light is still dim, dark is a blur; the only image is a whir. When bright gets brighter, and ...

Yun'er's Bell

Yun’er’s Bell The first month, Early auspicious, Dinghai day I, Yun’er, the younger son of King Kang of Xu, chose these Auspicious Metals to cast myself a harmonious bell: Endlessly peal and toll! Primally call ...

Letter to the California State Board of Education

One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all…. The better we understand the intricacies of the universe and all ...

“A Letter to His Sister at the Time of Her Husband’s Death”

Let us seek for comfort where alone it may be found, let us learn a dutiful acquiescence in whatsoever proceeds from that Great Being from whom we ourselves proceeded and who being the sole Author ...

The Claims of the Christian Religion

As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ died that sinners might be reconciled to God, and in that sense He died for them; that is, to furnish them with the means of averting Divine justice, ...

A Godly treatise declaring the benefits, fruits, and great commodities of prayer and also the true use thereof.

For that man doeth pray always, either by himself, or else by his alms and charitable deeds, which supplieth all the want that appeareth in his own prayer. In this wise then, may the words ...

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