(Subject of image, writer of piece: Paula Obe)
i hide morning in my gaze
so that i may remember
the scents and sights
of green early morning reflections.
Fields of green are turned to debris and dust.
Trees uprooted in an upward thrust.
I look at myself, turning barren & bare…
I wonder where is my future – I know it’s not here.
Corruption & greed, trust is violated.
Murder, rape, steal, lie, kidnapping, terrorism, hate,
Rage is the cry of our age!
Mine, theirs, ours, yours - teardrops grace history’s page
Penned in blood of those animals hunted down…
Then there is nowhere to plant, all is gone.
But, profits have risen, and…………………..so will the sun?
I never pray to find out what will happen when this is all over and done.
I tried to breathe, and a deep breath I took.
But I couldn’t afford the price asked to inhale open air…I can only look.
So a mask I wear to survive this world…
And dream of a brand new day, a new life, a new existence to unfold.
- S. Ali & R. Ramnarine -
ONG NAMO, GURU DEV NAMO
is the Adi Mantra that precedes Kundalini Yoga practice, tuning one in to the higher self. Ong is "Infinite Creative energy in manifestation and activity". ("Om" or Aum is God absolute and unmanifested), Namo is "reverent greetings' implying humility, Guru means "teacher or wisdom", Dev means "Divine or of God" and Namo reaffirms humility and reverence. In all it means, "I call upon Divine Wisdom".
AD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAD GURAY NAMEH,
SAT GURAY NAMEH, SIRI GURU DEVAY NAMEH
is the Mangala Charn Mantra, and is chanted for protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light, and means "I bow to the primal Guru (guiding consciousness who takes us to God-Realization), I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom."
This morning I went for my walk. Near the corner where I buy newspapers, there was an aged man from the Yoga Centre handing out little flyers for a lecture entitled: "Be Yourself for a Change!" As I approached, he said to me: "Brother or Sister, please take one." Like some people here often seem to be when they encounter me, he was confused.
The rest of the flyer that the aged man handed me invites the recipient to 'Join us for this interactive lecture' and advises, among other things, that 'Change takes place when we realize who we are.'
I am not one to readily apply labels to myself because they often come with so many warped societal stereotypes, judgments and misconceptions attached. But I have always liked the term 'Two-spirited'. To me, it goes beyond the physical, deeper than the surface and is more than 'a lifestyle' - it is a way of being from the beginning of being. The first time I ever heard it, I felt it fit with me.