Ascent

Tinyman Poetry - The Ascent - Mount Kailasha

Ascent

Un-en-cumbered he ascended, the Great One, to-wards the Enthralling Delight,
Warding off, the Night, towar's the Light, He whose Sight,
was set, on the Centre, chanting the Word, OM
the Word of Creation, Existence, All, One, Divergence, Convergence,
towards the Peak, the first of Many, from where He could,
see beyond the Mist, begin to comprehend the Essence.

For the Peak, is one of Many, but then it was One to Him,
as He, the Great One, ascended the steps to the Source,
or thought He it was, the Source, the Cause
the Manifest, the Unmanifest, moved He steadfastly with no Pause.

It was He in whose eyes burnt the fire with the Force of a Thousand Stars,
It was He in whose eyes calm waters of the Lake was,
It was He in whose eyes stood the Universe with stillness of Great Kailisha,
It was He in whose eyes the Finite became the Infinite.

Tinyman Poetry - The Ascent - Finite Infinite

The cycle existed as a wound of coil with no Beginning or End,
What was, that Is, what was never, shall never be,
what is, shall be,The One is Many and the Many is One, yet He who had This never knew,
For on He went in this quest of the quintessential Life Force,
Into the realms of existence, where matter and energy are Two of One.

And in stillness, was His motion, as He under the Tree,
With dedication to His cause, was being One with All, as the Mind of He,
Unfettered, unchained rose, while He sat contemplating without and Within,
And rise did He while others arose, in quest of what can all not see.

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Ascent is a poem which explores the Advaita Vedantic notion of absolute non-dualism through the eyes of a mystic yogi (seer) as he soars from the gross towards subtle planes of higher truths.

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Comments

  1. Dear Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay, Sir, this, as a poetic piece or work on divinity—the co-relation between the Creator and His/Her Creation; the conservation of the Creative energy; the omnipotence; the situation of the Creator at a higher level despite being eternally all-pervading; the surpassing of one stage while not leaving it altogether; being the beauty of light and of night in equal measure—these stanzas are replete with profound spirituality, grave philosophy and immaculate faith on your interpretation of your own readings of diverse subjects: the lines,
    “For on He went in this quest of the quintessential Life Force,
    Into the realms of existence, where matter and energy are Two of One”
    are quoted here to establish this point. The most positive aspect here stands out to be your capability to constrain (yes, I have deliberately used this word instead of other options like ‘compress’/ ‘confine’ et al) tomes of ideas within the gauntlet of a few lines. But the ideas, irrespective of the utmost demand of a bit more space, do flow well. Nonetheless, I did stumble upon [reaching] line 20 and it reminded me of Lord Buddha attaining ‘Nirvana’. I could not be sure of the validity of such an interpretation for not many words are there to help me as befitting clues.
    Again, your line—
    “It was He in whose eyes burnt the fire with the Force of a Thousand Stars”—
    sounds hyperbolical. And though you might not have thought of this line as descriptive exaggeration, I felt this much echoing the essence of Milton’s “Homeric-simile” except that this is not a simile and is pithy or curt with respect to its length. I do personally believe that exaggerated descriptions injure the actual sincerity and help the author hurtle straight into farce. But that is a very personal conviction, and you may do as you please with your expressions. Yet again, the rest of it—
    It was He in whose eyes calm waters of the Lake was,
    It was He in whose eyes stood the Universe with stillness of Great Kailisha,
    It was He in whose eyes the Finite became the Infinite.”—
    does perfectly well and brings home mythology and ideas related to puranas etc. Well done!
    About the style and versification I am not in any good position to complain or accept.

    Suman Das; 13th November, 2015 (9:13pm)

    P.S.: Wonderful composition indeed! Keep working… :) Your ‘Ascent’ seems to me a Pandora’s box in which imagination and philosophy find a great union…only the lid of the box has to be unlatched!

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    1. Thank you very much Suman! I really appreciate your review - it has made me reflect further.

      Fire is not the ordinary fire we use everyday. This fire i talk about is the primordial fire of creation, the sound counterpart of which is Om. It is the fire of that moment when pure sattva becomes rajas and loses one dimension. This makes rajas particularly potent at that point

      Let me try to explain.

      If I ask you to measure the area of a football field, you will say 60 sq feet for example (10ft by 6 ft). It has 2 dimensions.

      But now if I ask you, what is the complete length of the field, you will get confused. Because the length is infinite. A football field is composed of millions and millions of thin strips each of 10ft length. Hope you catch my drift.

      So also white sattva becomes infinitely bright rajas.

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  2. This arouses a curiosity for the unknown in me. Great lines, well expressed.

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  3. I'm new to this, but it sounds beautiful. For some reason,what came to my mind when I read this was Maslow's need hierarchy( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs) and man's ascent from physiological needs to self-actualization. Am I on the right track?

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    1. Thanks a lot! Yes, you are on the right track very much indeed. But you need to zoom in further. This poem deals with the last level of Maslow's Hierarchy (Self-actualization). Where Maslow ends, Indian spirituality begins.

      This is a poem on the journey of a Yogi whose mind starts transcending mental planes and soars high into the subtle realms where energy and matter merge, where abstractions and manifestations become one, where all Gods merge into one Fountainhead, where discrete forms become one whole.

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    2. Amazing! Clearly a lot for me to learn here :)

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    3. If you are really interested, Indian philosophy has a lot to offer. :)

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  4. Great poem. Moving lines and concepts. Very few reach the level of consciousness described in the poem.

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    1. Thanks a lot. Very true indeed!

      Only a few select people can achieve the one-ness our scriptures talk about. Those who do go on to become Yajnavalkya or Buddha or Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

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