Here in Perth, Western Australia, its very hot. The mercury has been climbing to close to 40 degrees Celcius every day for what seems like weeks.
My fifty-fourth birthday came and went this week, without much ado. As the years fly by, birthdays lose their thrill.
My new home faces East, apparently good from a Feng Shui and Vastu point of view. Every morning the blazing sun shines into my office window. I recall some verses, mundane and supra-mundane, about the sun and its relation to our lives.
Allow me to share them with you:
"And you run and you run to catch up with the sun,
but it's sinking/
And racing around to come up behind you again./
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older/
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death." - Pink Floyd
"With every rising and setting of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Why then do you remain idle and not serve the Lord of the heart?"
- Arunodaya-kirtana, songs to be sung at dawn, from Gitavali by Bhaktivinoda Thakur
"Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead."
- Srimad Bhagavatam
"The sun, full of infinite effulgence, is the king of all the planets and the image of the good soul. The sun is like the eye of the Supreme Lord. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey, mounting the wheel of time."
-Sri Brahma Samhita
Posted by Kurma on 29/12/06; 7:19:55 AM
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