Manene's Song to Her Brother, Gesar
Now, Gesar, Hero of a thousand battles,
Conqueror of a thousand kinds of corruption,
Healer of a thousand kinds of poisonous disease,
Now you cannot turn back.
Now the accomplishments, realizations and victories,
Which you called your life are behind you.
Now the living heart of compassion
Draws you out and onward.
To save a single being,
You will experience the loss of death,
Your body and mind dissolve.
To save a single being,
You will go beyond your identity,
Your body, your understanding, your life.
You will experience again the painful uncertainty of birth,
As your mind and body dissolve
And form a being you have never known.
The awakened state cannot be contained in body or word or thought.
It is continually renewed in the endless cycles of birth and death.
The transitions of the bardos are the path of wakefulness.
As all life is sustained by other,
Only complete compassion
Can sustain you.
This is the only ground.
Primordial compassion is unfabricated awareness.
Non-Dual compassion is unchanging bliss.
Unceasing compassion is the all protecting armor of love.
Unconditional confidence is the radiance of compassion.
This is the feast of phenomenal existence.
Douglas Penick's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
These verses come from CROSSING ON A BRIDGE OF LIGHT- Mountain Treasury Press. PP.15-16
Comments about this poem (Manene's Song to Her Brother, Gesar by Douglas Penick )
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
- Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Daffodils, William Wordsworth
- Dreams, Langston Hughes
- If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
- Invictus, William Ernest Henley
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
Poem of the Day
- The unknown face, vinit ghosh
- Kiss Me Bye, Md. Ziaul Haque
- Lust, Love, Hate, Pain, freya busby
- ruff draft.., Leila Hadi
- On Repeat, Leila Hadi
- Ammunition for the Cause, Leila Hadi
- my high school poetry, Leila Hadi
- westnile, Leila Hadi
- With colors, gajanan mishra
- OBITUARY TO INNOCENTS (KILLED SCHOOL CHI.., shuvo chakraborty