Perseverance Poetry

The Object of Bhakti


“How do you know?”
Is the question from a Mind
That does not know.

And so the obviousness
Of surrendering this Ignorance
To Something that knows.

And where to find That?

Just unchatter, look and see
That Something is keeping
The balance and harmony
Of every single thing
Around you and me.

Our very existence
Together with the whole universe
Cannot even be
Without that Something
Sustaining our being.

And so That
Is the object
Of Bhakti

Om Namo Bhagavate

. . .

Om… We, this whole bundle of us, pray to You, oh dear Lord the One and Only

Namo… In Total Surrender, Joy and Love we bow to You, oh Lord, our Only Refuge

Bhagavate… Please make us as You, oh Lord: True, Conscious, Free! amongst the Infinite Diversity of Your Unity… Your Divine We

Om Namo Bhagavate

— Zech . 2021.11.24

Featured Art: Planetary Prayers by Alex Grey

Featured Flower:
Perfect Surrender

“The indispensable condition for identification.”

“By surrender we mean … a spontaneous self-giving, a giving of all yourself to the Divine, to a greater Consciousness of which you are a part. Surrender will not diminish, but increase, it will not lessen or weaken or destroy your personality, it will fortify and aggrandise it. Surrender means a free total giving with all the delight of the giving. . . . True surrender enlarges you; it increases your capacity; it gives you a greater measure in quality and in quantity which you could not have had by yourself. This new greater measure of quality and quantity is different from anything you could attain before: you enter into another world, into a wideness which you could not have entered if you did not surrender. It is as when a drop of water falls into the sea; if it still kept there its separate identity, it would remain a little drop of water and nothing more, a little drop crushed by all the immensity around, because it has not surrendered. But, surrendering, it unites with the sea and participates in the nature and power and vastness of the whole sea.”

“Surrender is the decision taken to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. Without this decision nothing is at all possible; if you do not surrender, the Yoga is entirely out of the question. Everything else comes naturally after it, for the whole process starts with surrender. You can surrender either through knowledge or through devotion. You may have a strong intuition that the Divine alone is the truth and a luminous conviction that without the Divine you cannot manage. Or you may have a spontaneous feeling that this line is the only way of being happy, a strong psychic desire to belong exclusively to the Divine: “I do not belong to myself,” you say, and give up the responsibility of your being to the Truth. Then comes self-offering: “Here I am, a creature of various qualities, good and bad, dark and enlightened. I offer myself as I am to you, take me up with all my ups and downs, conflicting impulses and tendencies — do whatever you like with me.”


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