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The Naked Form of Matter


The naked form of matter
giving misery, heartbreak
false promises
from good advertising

birth potential smiles
rising up
through youth
education, training, titles
desires to earn
only for a few years
taking a spouse and family
raising children to do the same
then declining
falling apart
realizing mortality
lamenting unfulfilled dreams
though some pleasure
it seems futile
pointless achievements
read on obituary page
whatever remains
for relatives to fight over.

Human beings fighting
for control
supremacy over life
land, food, water, resources
people’s minds, hearts
religious sentiments
inventing ways
to kill others
whether humans
plants, animals,
can be exploited
not knowing that
this harm will return
in kind with interest
even religiously done
for some false idea of God
the Age of Kali
destroys finer sentiments
and knowledge
the only hope
consciousness transformation
by praising God
through his holy name
offering everything
in service with prayer.

Combined comments from old site

Tue, 03/03/2009 - 16:07 — Dhama Rupini
The material world

Hare Krsna Prabhu,
Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful poem. It vividly encapsulates the mundane nature of this material world; the in effective chase and drive for acquiring material possessions, exploitation of humans and nature and so much more. The only solution is loving and serving Krsna at the centre of this process is the chanting of the Holy names.


Wed, 03/04/2009 - 10:57 — Karnamrita.das
Negative Impetus for the Positive Spiritual Practice

Observing and experiencing the shortcomings and miseries of our body and its surroundings can be a negative impetus for our spiritual practice. This poem--although at the end giving the positive solution to material problems--is more focused on this negative impetus, whereas the "snow appreciation" poem (written the day after) was focused on the "positive impetus" i.e, the beauty of Nature and how it inspires us in itself and as a hint about the glory of Krishna. Other positive impetuses for our spiritual practices are anything which inspires us and gives us a higher taste--whether the beauty of Krishna's form, name qualities and scriptures about him and his lila or Divine activities. The material world is only Krishna's external "inferior" temporary energy, so we can hardly imagine his "superior" spiritual energy full of light, love and devotional consciousness--and of course the love of our life, Shri Radha-Krishna and their associates. Thanks for your comments!

Your friend in Krishna,