bakuli bhakali

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Discovering Dynasty Of Deities - Poem by bakuli bhakali

I counted upon and could not number
Looked upon and did not see
A single deity in the day
Except the one shine in the morning
Yet, there’s a giant dynasty of deities
Am I an atheist?
So, I don’t see any? !
I believe not
There were many on my list
Who were atheists and sinners
Pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth
They’re just common
There were the ones
Committing greatest of the greater sins
Probably, one committing all I listed
Yet, they saw the king of the kingdom
If not in the morning
While in their death bed
Does that mean we’ll see them only in nights?
Before we retire after a busy devoted day?
What if I don’t? There’s no guarantee.
What if there’ll enough dark dining with me?
And I’ll miss them even if they come to see.
Shall I shunned the doors and windows
Before the dusk?
Neigh! Worshippers who were greater devotees say
They ride the chariot of light
So much light! !
That’s enough to rip the dark of the world
The one we see in the morning is one in many
And even the wisest of the devotees don’t know how many…
Then in that light I may go blind
What shall I do to see the stars in the daylight?
Shall I visit the temple?
But what if they live in the mosque or church or Gurdwara
Or in some unnamed sacred place of the world?
They’re too many
I won’t be able to visit them all before the nightfall
Worry not! they don’t live there
If they would there won’t be so much dark coming from these places
Don’t you see morning news?
Each kills the other to claim theirs the best
It won’t happen in god’s nest
What shall I do and where shall I go?
I thought and thought …
Searched and searched …
Found no answer
Accept the one
Haste not dear …
Harbor no fear
Keep mind clear
Without any tear
Wait and see
Besides doing the work assigned to thee!

Topic(s) of this poem: belief, curiosity, god, nature

Comments about Discovering Dynasty Of Deities by bakuli bhakali

  • Souren Mondal (11/23/2015 8:09:00 AM)

    Well, there are 33 of them in Hinduism, Islam and Christianity have one each, and I don't think Budhism talk about any God whatsoever... But as far as my understanding of theology is concerned Organised religion has misinterpreted the 'holy texts' to suit their means for eons and will continue to manipulate humans forever...

    As an atheist, I find no connection with any deity whatsoever, but always belief that faith in ourselves is faith in God, and that spirituality is different from religion..

    Another well penned poem Bakuli that talks about a complicated issue without taking sides and without judgement.. Wonderful work...
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    Bakuli Bhakali (11/23/2015 11:57:00 PM)

    thank you Souren for the compliment and a better explanation of my doubt.

    Souren Mondal (11/23/2015 10:14:00 PM)

    ['They are their powers (330 millions): there are just thirty-three gods'


    'The eight Vasus, the eleven Rudras, and twelve Adityas make thirty-one: Indra and Prajapati make thirty-three']

    Yajnavalka [Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. Penguin Classics Upanishads, pg 63]

    Yes, as you said 330 million is the 'powers' that these deities have not their numbers, which is 33 only. This is disputed but in the named Upanishad, which is one of the thirteen 'official' Upanishads, Yajnavalka makes it clear..

    As a man who had read enough theology to be turned into an atheist I attest this :)

    The problem is that there are multiple versions and interpretations of these texts and one cannot really take them 'literally'.. Which, unfortunately, has been done for ages to horrible effect... A fine poem again Bakuli, as I have always told you, you have the incredible strength to take 'complicated' issues and write amazing poems on them without taking sides.. That is wonderful :)

    Bakuli Bhakali (11/23/2015 9:37:00 PM)

    Hey Souren, thanks for burnishing my knowledge of theology! But as i heard it’s 330 million goddesses and gods in Hinduism. If I’m not wrong it’s mentioned in Yajurveda. Besides these deities they worship many Babas and Swamis. In each community you’ll find one such guru or baba or swami. So, I said it’s countless. However, I agree when we say our holy books are misinterpreted and so this whole concept may be…! ? I’m not sure!
    But for sure I knew I need to work more on this poem and my knowledge of theology.
    Thank you so much! Please keep commenting …

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