by Ivan M. Granger
Let the vision
of the vastness
Pilgrims will come
the grand temple
that once stood,
made this empty plain
-- from Re
Poetry Chaikhana | Ivan M. Granger - Holy Ground
First, read the poet's commentary on his poem.
Actually the commentary says less than the poem and opens the poet to criticism and anallysis. I did not make up the idea that prose reaches only the intellect while poetry goes directly to the heart, All readers of poetry "know" this.
There is a reason why humility is almist always considered a vital aspect of spirituality and spiritual growth. If there were any such thing as "up" or "down" in the real (advaita) world, i would have to say that, spiritually, i grow downward rather than upward. I do not climb to the mountain top to meet my Higher Power, i fall into its "arms."
Right now i don't feel like "ruins" (even glorious ones) or a "wreck." I feel more whole and self confident than i have since age 14. And i am tempted to regard this as "spiritual growth." But i should not be proud of my humility. I have mistaken sadness, depression, doubt, or disappointment for the "dark night of the soul." No, i have not yet encountered that adventure. and if that is a part of the path to connection with the higher power, i should look forward to it. Bring on the wreckage.
Why won't this pos?