Themes :
Sky

The sky as a natural metaphor for the mind is used in the sacred poetry of the East, especially in Buddhist traditions. When the sky is clear, still, empty, open, we can perceive the sources of heavenly light -- the sun, moon, and stars. But when the sky is clouded and turbulent, the heavens are hidden and the world below becomes dark.

In deep peace, when the mind is undisturbed by internal chatter and other tremors, perception is no longer obscured and awareness of the Divine shines through. In fact, what we call "mind" ceases to exist when it is still; it settles into a vibrant emptiness. It is as if the sky vanishes when the clouds disappear and we are left with only the experience of sunlight shining everywhere.

Poems with the theme of Sky

  Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham A Holy Tabernacle in the Heart (from Life of the Future World)
  Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham And the letter is longing
  Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham Circles 1 (from Life of the Future World)
  Adyashanti Rest and Be Taken
  AE (Russell, George William) Divine Visitation
  Akha The Essence is only as far away as the sky
  Akhmatova, Anna I've learned to live simply, wisely
  Akhmatova, Anna Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold
  Alighieri, Dante And as a ray descending from the sky (from The Paradiso, Canto I)
  Ammons, A. R. Rapids
  Andal Fair mothers, my sweet ambrosia (from Nacciyar Tirumoli)
  Angelou, Maya Caged Bird
  Angelou, Maya Million Man March Poem
  Aurobindo Tree
  Battacharya, Mahendranath Oh Ma Kali, for a long time now
  ben Kallir, Eleazar He Shall be King!
  Berry, Wendell Horseback on Sunday morning
  Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1999, VII
  Berry, Wendell The Wild Geese
  Bitkoff, Stewart Desert Tears
  Blake, William Auguries of Innocence
  Boethius Invocation
  Boethius Love is Lord of All
  Boethius The Soul's Flight
  Brabazon, Francis The Dawn-Song Of His Mouth (from Stay With God)
  Carpenter, Edward Freedom! the deep breath!
  Carpenter, Edward The Lake of Beauty
  Chinook (Anonymous) Teach us, and show us the Way
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor To Nature
  Colliver, Andrew The Further You Go
  Colliver, Andrew This Soul
  cummings, e. e. i carry your heart with me
  cummings, e. e. may my heart always be open to little
  cummings, e. e. the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
  Dadu Dayal So priceless is the birth, O brother
  Dasimayya, Devara Whatever It was
  Dickinson, Emily Take Your Heaven further on
  Feuerstein, Georg Our Worded Universe
  Feuerstein, Georg Squaring the Circle
  Fox, John Consider What Happens
  Francis of Assisi Let the whole of mankind tremble
  Galib, Seyh If I say that the skies have opened
  Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von I hurry off to drink eternal light (from Faust)
  Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von In a Thousand Forms
  Granger, Ivan M. Earth and Sky
  Gyatso, Kelsang Little Tiger
  ha Nagid, Samuel Gazing Through the Night
  Hafiz A New World
  Hafiz Sun Rays
  Hakuin Hakuin's Song of Zazen
  Hakuin The Form of the Formless (from Hakuin's Song of Zazen)
  Halevi, Judah Lord, Where Shall I Find You?
  Hallaj, Mansur al- If They Only Knew
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Above Cold Mountain the moon shines alone
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Children I implore you
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Looking for Each Other
  Hao-jan, Meng A Night on the River
  Hao-jan, Meng Climbing Long-View Mountain's Highest Peak
  Hildegard von Bingen O nobilissima viriditas / Responsory for Virgins
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku Let others slander me (from The Song of Enlightenment)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [15] Some may slander, some may abuse (from The Shodoka)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [64] The great elephant does not loiter on the rabbit's path (from The Shodoka)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar I sought her from myself (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar Whispering, then listening close (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Jakushitsu Living in the Mountains
  Jakushitsu Rain in Autumn
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jnanadev The Refutation of Knowledge (from Amritanubhav)
  John of the Cross Full of Hope I Climbed the Day
  John of the Cross Song of the Soul That Delights in Knowing God by Faith
  John of the Cross The Fountain
  Kabir He's that rascally kind of yogi
  Kabir The Guest is inside you, and also inside me
  Kabir The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars shines bright
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) A faint glow in the Eastern sky
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [2] Dreaming when Dawn's Left Hand was in the Sky
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Ah, Come Sit Beside Me
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu I Am All
  Lalan He talks to me
  Lee, Li-Young One Heart
  Lee, Li-Young Praise Them
  Leon, Luis de The Life Removed
  Levertov, Denise Stepping Westward
  Manikkavacakar Becoming sky & earth
  Meher Baba Oh Beloved Master
  Meher Baba The Beloved's Poem on His Dhuni
  Merton, Thomas A Messenger from the Horizon
  Merton, Thomas The Sowing of Meanings
  Merwin, W. S. Just Now
  Merwin, W. S. Thanks
  Milosz, Czeslaw On Angels
  Mirabai The Five-Coloured Garment
  Nammalvar The earth and the far-flung sky
  Nasimi, Imadeddin At love's most sumptuous feast was I with love made drunk
  Nasimi, Imadeddin Both worlds within my compass come, but this world cannot compass me
  Neruda, Pablo Poetry
  Po Chu-i Staying at Bamboo Lodge
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Tell me, brother, what happens after death?
  Ramsay, Jay I saw a great light come down over London
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deer
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deluge
  Reninger, Elizabeth Vision
  Rilke, Rainer Maria O Lacrimosa
  Rosenstock, Gabriel what speeded them on their way? (from Uttering Her Name)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (1) You are in me (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (3) From clear air (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin look at love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin No end to the journey
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin On Love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Seeking the Source
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Suddenly, in the sky at dawn, a moon appeared
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin That moon which the sky never saw
  Ryokan First days of spring -- the sky
  Ryokan The Autumn Moon
  Sanai, Hakim There is no place for place!
  Sarmad Every man who knows his secret
  Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) A Song by a Yogi in Solitude
  Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) Sky empty and luminous
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) Most of the time I smile
  silent lotus Our Remains
  silent lotus The Temple Walls
  Soseki, Muso At the Nachi Kan'non Hall
  Soseki, Muso Buddha's Satori
  Soseki, Muso Clear Valley
  Soseki, Muso Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)
  Symeon the New Theologian In the midst of that night, in my darkness
  Taliesin Primary Chief Bard
  Taliesin Taliesin's Song of his Origins
  Tennyson, Alfred And Galahad fled along them bridge by bridge (from The Holy Grail)
  Tennyson, Alfred If thou would'st hear the Nameless (from The Ancient Sage)
  Thayumanavar Prayer to Being - Let Us Contemplate
  Thompson, Francis The Hound of Heaven
  Tilopa Song of the Mahamudra (Tilopa's Song to Naropa)
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Eärendil the Mariner
  Tolkien, J. R. R. The Song of Beren and Lúthien
  Traherne, Thomas The Rapture
  Traherne, Thomas Wonder
  Trinley, Karma A Song on the View of Voidness
  Tsvetaeva, Marina I know the truth
  Tukaram Saintliness is not to be purchased in shops
  Tukaram Where does one begin with you?
  Ueshiba, Morihei Rip away from your soul
  Ueshiba, Morihei The rays of the rising sun flow in
  Vivekananda Song of the Sanyasin
  Wei, Wang Drifting on the Lake
  Whitman, Walt Grand is the Seen
  Whitman, Walt [10] Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [24] Walt Whitman, a cosmos, of Manhattan the son (from Song of Myself)
  Yannai Hymn from the Heavens
  Yitzchak of Berditchov, Levi Where I wander -- You!
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