POETRY FOR THE SOUL (Part 1)

 

MY LAW———————-Tieme Ranipiri

The sun may be clouded , yet ever the sun
Will sweep on it’s course till the Cycle is run
And when into chaos the system is hurled,
Again shall the builder reshape a new world.

Your path may be clouded, uncertain your goal,
Move on—for your orbit is fixed in your soul,
And though it may lead into darkness of night,
The torch of the builder shall give it new light.

You were ! You will be ! Know this while you are;
Your spirit has travelled both long and afar.
It came from the Source. To the Source it returns—
The Spark which was lighted, eternally burns.

It slept in a jewel, it leaped in a wave,
It roamed in the forest. It rose from the grave.
It took on strange garbs for long aeons of years,
And now in the soul of yourself it appears.

From body to body, your spirit speeds on.
It seeks a new form when the old one has gone
And the form that it finds, is the fabric you wrought
On the loom of the mind, from the fibre of thought.

As dew is drawn upwards, In rain to descend,
Your thoughts drift away and in destiny blend.
You cannot escape them, for petty or great,
Or evil or noble, they fashion your fate.

Somewhere on some planet, sometime and somehow,
Your life will reflect the thoughts of your Now.
My law is unerring no blood can atone—–
The structure you built, you will live in —-Alone.

From cycle to cycle, through time and through space
Your lives, with your longings, will ever keep pace.
And all that you ask for and all you desire,
Must come at your bidding ,as flame to a fire.

Once list to that voice and all tumult is done—–
Your life is the life of the infinite one.
In the hurrying race you are conscious of pause
With love for the purpose and love for the cause.
You are your own Devil, you are your own God,
You fashioned the paths your footsteps have trod,
And no one can save you from error or sin
Until you have hark’d to the spirit within.

Source unknown.  Forwarded from friend to friend by email.

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‘Prods and masons’

When I arrived in Australia 70 years ago, I was surprised by the sectarian war within Christianity. In British Malaya, the diverse ethno-religious communities lived in mutual tolerance and harmony. We did not transfer any antipathies which may have existed in the various tribal territories ‘back home ‘. Within my Jaffna-Tamil community, mostly Hindu, were 3 Christian sects; we were all close friends.

I soon discovered that the discrimination (not just prejudice) claimed by self-defined Irish Catholics was clearly 2-way! Because I am a Hindu, many of my colleagues in a Catholic-dominated federal public service (during late 1950 to late 1980s) spoke openly (albeit casually) and disparagingly about the ‘prods and masons.’ My ‘beering’ mates in that period included 2 Kennedys and 3 O’Briens.

On a few occasions, I challenged complaining Catholic friends as follows: Swear to me on your Good Book or with hand-on-heart that no male member of your extended family had seduced a Protestant girl and, when she became pregnant, married her (after her conversion to Catholicism); and she had then (presumably) produced the requisite number of Irish Roman Catholics sought by her priest.

Was it not strange that none of those I challenged was willing to so swear? But we remained friends. Did any of them wonder if they, or a near-ancestor, had been produced by an ex-‘prod’.

At a fairly recent party, when a fellow-retiree talked about Irish Catholics having faced discrimination by the prods, I asked him for details of the discrimination actually experienced by his paternal grandfather, father and himself – all 3 having been profession men. Being an honest man, he admitted that none of them had been disadvantaged in their respective careers by being Catholic.

However, he did say (in another context) that, because of his second marriage, he experienced discrimination in church by his priest!

The value of opinions

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.” (Bill Bullard, quoted by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Dowrick, in the Sydney Morning Herald of 5 Feb. 2018)

Bah! Balderdash and poppycock! What about human rights, especially individual rights, the pillar on which teeters the whole of Western civilisation? Do we not live in a democracy? Do I not have the right to dislike a person – and for no reason other than the fact that I do not like that person – and to express it? Will I not suffer were I to be denied the right to express my feelings publicly?

Yes, yes, yes! I am adequately aware that my suffering may be ameliorated by pharmaceutical condiments available from psychiatrists and the like. But, that is suppression. My opinion shall not be fettered. I am sure there a UN Convention which endorses my right to express my opinion.

Anyway, who would want to live in another’s world? There may be dragons there!

(Thank you Bill and Stephanie)

 

Quotations – Holidays and leisure

Holidays are over-rated disturbances of routine, costly and uncomfortable, and they usually need another holiday to correct their ravages. (E.V. Lucas)

I must confess that I am interested in leisure in the same way that a poor man is interested in money. (Prince Philip)

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilisation. (Bertrand Russell)

Humorous quotations – Medicine

There could never be any public agreement among doctors if they did not agree to agree on the main point of the doctor being always in the right. (George Bernard Shaw)

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals. (William Osler)

He said my bronchial tubes were entrancing,
My epiglottis filled him with glee,
He simply loved my larynx
And went wild about my pharynx,
But he never said he loved me. (Cole Porter)

Business quotations – Law

Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law. (Henry Ward Beecher)

We do not get good laws to restrain bad people. We get good people to restrain bad laws. (Chesterton)

The law of England is a very strange one; it cannot compel anyone to tell the truth … But what the Law can do is to give you seven years for not telling the truth. (Charles John Darling)