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Sacred Poetry Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Commentary on the commentary --
My observations on these poems should not be read as the single, absolute meaning. A poem, like a dream, has layers of meaning -- and that meaning can shift over time and from differing perspectives. My commentary is offered in order to suggest a starting point for you to begin your own exploration into the poem's meaning. Even if my explanation feels right on the mark, please don't stop there. We must discover each poem's meaning for ourselves; otherwise the poem and its explanation remain largely trapped in the intellect. Sacred poetry is transformative poetry. Until we feel a poem working its alchemy on our own awareness, we haven't discovered its heart... -- Ivan


Teresa of Avila You are Christ's Hands
Thomas, R. S. But the silence in the mind
Thomas, R. S. The Moor
Tolkien, J. R. R. All That is Gold Does Not Glitter (Gandalf's Song of Aragorn)
Tolkien, J. R. R. Elbereth
Tolkien, J. R. R. Frodo's Lament for Gandalf
Tolkien, J. R. R. Gandalf's Song of Lórien
Tolkien, J. R. R. One Ring
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Song of Beren and Lúthien
Tolkien, J. R. R. Upon the hearth the fire is red
Traherne, Thomas Love
Trungpa, Chogyam Sutra
Tsogyel, Yeshe The Supreme Being is the Dakini Queen of the Lake of Awareness!
Tsvetaeva, Marina I know the truth
Tsvetaeva, Marina The gold that was my hair has turned
Tukaram All men to me are god-like Gods!
Tulsi Sahib Sound Celestial
Tulsi Sahib Within This Body
Valad, Sultan The Soul That Does not Live in God is not Alive
Vaughan, Henry The Morning Watch
Vaughan, Henry The Night
Vaughan, Henry Vanity of Spirit
Vidyapati All my inhibition left me in a flash
Vidyapati As the mirror to my hand
Vivekananda In dense darkness, O Mother
Walters, Dorothy Preparing to Greet the Goddess
Walters, Dorothy The Moment
Walters, Dorothy Waiting
Wei, Wang Cooling Off
Whitman, Walt [1] I celebrate myself, and sing myself (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [17] These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [3] I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [4] Trippers and askers surround me (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [44] It is time to explain myself -- let us stand up (from Song of Myself)
Whitman, Walt [5] I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you (from Song of Myself)
Whyte, David All the True Vows
Wordsworth, William Such was the Boy--but for the growing Youth (from The Excursion, Book 1)
Wu Men (Hui-k'ai) One instant is eternity;
Wu Men (Hui-k'ai) Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn
Yakut (Anonymous) Yakut Prayer
Yamei In one shrill cry
Yannai The Celestial Fire
Yeats, William Butler The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Yen-shou, Yung-ming Immovable Mind
Yitzchak of Berditchov, Levi Where I wander -- You!
Yogananda, Paramahansa O Spirit, reveal Thyself as Thou art
Yogananda, Paramahansa OM
Yogananda, Paramahansa Samadhi
Yogananda, Paramahansa What bliss at the sight of Thy light!
Yun-k'an Tzu by willow's shade
Yun, Hsu An Exquisite Truth
Yun, Hsu Heart of the Buddha
Yun, Hsu Mirror Pond on Mount Taibo in Shanxi
Yun, Hsu Searching for the Dharma
Zohar (Leon, Moses de) Inside the hidden nexus (from Jacob's Journey)
Zohar (Leon, Moses de) The Gates (from Openings)

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