A Divine Grace from my childhood ~
I am traversing to my early child-hood, almost to my infant dream memories ~ When I perceived various animals with various sense organs different eyes, different noses, different ears, different body feelings, in short different methods of re-cognizing the Universe in Different Ways I Re-cognized that There Are Distinct Cosmoses Intermingling Every Moment in These Universes ~ The Lazy Donkey Cosmoses ~ The Delicate Cow Cosmoses ~ The Radiant Peacock Cosmoses ~ The Watery Fish Cosmoses With Fish-Eye Lenses To See ~ The Dog Cosmoses With Impossible Hearing Ability Of Subtle Silences ~ The Grand Aerial Butterfly Cosmoses ~ The Vast Elephant Cosmoses Of Profound Memories ~ Countless Subtle Ant Cosmoses ~ A Billion Billion Unique Insect Cosmoses With Subtle Insect Silences ~ Strange Caterpillar Cosmoses Wriggling Into New Cognitions ~ Innumerable Sacred Snake Cosmoses Of Numinous Silences ~ Tall Giraffe Cosmoses ~ Exotic Zebra Cosmoses ~ Etherial Angelic Bird Cosmoses ~ Then The Eternal Metaphysical Cosmoses Of Divine Beings ~ The Angels ~ The Devaas ~ The Vast Terrains Of Other Yakshaas Kinnaras Gandharvaas Demiurges In Their Respective Cosmoses ~ I imagined and imagined in my child-mind without these words to express them ~ When I went near the family cow Gowri I used to wonder what I looked like to her cow eyes, how the moon looked to the donkey, what the sun looked to the elephant, how the lotus appeared to the fluttering butterflies, how the lizard looked to the bee, what the donkey looked like to the dog, what was the cat’s eye view of the mouse etc. etc. It was Infinite possibilities for endless futile dreaming ~ Little later I even wondered what the world looked like to an Enlightened Buddha, or God Himself! My childhood aspiration was to become a Rishi [Seer] Seeking The Truth of God in the mountains in solitude doing intense Tapas [penance, meditation]. I was inspired by the legendary mythological Dhruva(The Steadfast One) of Vishnu Puraanam who Actually meets God Vishnu(All-Pervasive) after fearsome Tapas! Dhruva was five or six years old when this happens and later he is immortalized as Dhruva(the pole-star) to guide all posterity in the way of God!
Coming back let me state it in a nutshell
“ EVERY SPECIES RE-COGNIZES, WE MAY EVEN SAY RE-CONSTRUCTS THE COSMOS IN A UNIQUE WAY ~ EACH OBJECT AND BEING LOOKS DIFFERENT TO EACH SPECIES (We will tentatively forget the distinct cosmos of each individual of the specified species). THUS WE MAY SAY THAT THERE ARE COUNTLESS WAYS OF PERCEIVING THE SKY OR A ROSE OR A DONKEY OR ------ COSMOS IN GENERAL ~ NOW HOW DOES THIS UNIVERSE(OR EACH OBJECT) APPEAR WHEN THE THING IS UNPERCEIVED? WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN SIMULTANEOUSLY PERCEIVED THROUGH ALL POSSIBLE SENSORIUMS?
When I was in school I thought that everybody was seriously aware about this problem Of Infinite Distinct Cosmoses for Infinite Distinct Beings ~ So I cared to mention it only a few times to a few friends. But in my college days in my conversations in the coffee-house (Thiruvananthapuram) and ever since I must have mentioned this fact thousands of times to hundreds of people.( My brother Anand estimates that I must have told this to him on about two hundred occasions at least!)~ Every topic under the human(!) sun brought this vast idea back to my mind again and again. When I spoke about the “eternal limitations of all sciences”, “how the last computer in the cosmos is an idiot compared to a worm”, “on the big bang that no one heard”, “genetic technology infinitely regressing", minds-matters problem(s), the Upanishads, Religion etc. I referred to This Cosmological Perspective of my childhood ~ I am grateful to God ~ He was leading me to his bosom again in His Own exotic way!
I will close this little essay with a great poem by Sri Aurobindo
Thou who pervadest all the worlds below,
Yet sitst above,
Master of all who work and rule and know,
Servant of Love!
Thou who disdainest not the worm to be
Nor even the clod,
Therefore we know by that humility
That thou art God.
Devaas, Yakshaas, Kinnaraas, Gandharvaas, are various metaphysical Beings Inhabiting other worlds according to Hindu Mythology ~
Vishnu Puraanam ~ An Ancient Hindu Religious Epic ~
My Haiku and Infinite Cosmoses ~
These ideas of extra terrestrial beings and Infinite Unique Perceptive Cosmoses was the very foundation of everything I did and nurtured. My Haiku too are strongly inclined to propagate the Multiple Distinct Cosmoses For Distinct Beings
a paradise on
every flower in
a butterfly's eye
(translated from the Malayalam original)
oru purudisauoru poom-
That was the first Haiku i wrote in !987 and posted on the web around august 2001.
I posted this in many places including WHC. It was my signature haiku. I had innumerable appreciations for this Haiku on various sites. Most of it including a brilliant Elucidation by Amanda is lost since i did not take care to collect it. But I could recover one later appreciation by Richard Vallance in Kawasaki_Zen_Haiku
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 16:25:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Richard Vallance <email@example.com>
Subject: MEMBERS of KZH: Here’s an example of fine Haiku! [Moderator]
MEMBERS of KZH: Here’s an example of fine Haiku! [Moderator]
-- In Kawasaki_Zen_Haiku@y..., "mahashishta" wrote:
a paradise on
every flower in
a butterfly's eye ~
Re: The Infinite Worlds ~
This is Excellent Haiku.
The sparsity, simplicity and lucid clarity of language, in
concert with the directness of the IMAGE make for what I
consider to be a fine example of Haiku.
We notice also the harmony of structure in this Haiku.
The first line ends with the preposition "on",the second with "in". There is equilibrium here. Moreover, the image of: "a paradise ON/every flower…" is particularly felicitous, as we most often think of any Paradise as transcendant, I.e. existing ABOVE this physical plane of existence of ours.And, of cours, the REFLECTION of this paradise in The butterfly’s eye, in the eye of a creature, who is in and of itself, somewhat of a marvel of Creation, simply and directly affirms the POET’s own quiet, calm assertion of the reality of such a paradise.
And, to cap it all off, his English grammar is impeccable and simple, without undue embellishment.
This is as it should be in Haiku.
So, to our newest Haiku Member poet, Mahashishta,l
I say, "Keep up the good work!", and be sure to SUBMIT
your work to Sondra Ball’s fine E-Zine, Autumn Leaves
(See KZH DESCRIPTION)
Please note that the perception of the butterfly [ the butterfly cosmos ] inherently different from human cosmos is referred to here explicitly.
I must remember and thank Ms. Doris Pearson editor of "In Buddha's Temple" who accepted this Haiku and all those I submitted to her later. Unfortunately " In Buddha's Temple" closed down. Sondra Ball, had contacted me and asked for some Haiku from me, for "Autumn Leaves". She has published many of my Haiku later too and I thank her.
Then I wrote many Haiku where the idea of a different cosmos for a different being was specially stressed. Amanda and Shyam also wrote many Haiku where the Multiple Cosmoses idea was referred to. It became a special stamp of our "Brahman Way of Haiku"
Infinite[Multiple] Cosmoses in Haiku ~ The Types Of Haiku
1] Multiple Cosmoses ~ General Type ~ autumn twilight polar bear and I [General Appearance question mood ] Oh! royal donkey Oh ! butterfly petal mazes on earthworm fluttering around
summer drizzle ~
my cat and I walk in our
own infinite cosmoses
a stray donkey and I dream
different light worlds
cognize distinct cosmoses
of seamless ice spaces
2] Perception of multiple Worlds
the vast cosmos
look like to you
What does the starry sky
lotus spaces seem to you
Do you see the full moon
and stars that I see
Oh! Emperor lion,
my human face must be
strange in your eyes
III ] Perception of the World detail
pollen pathways ~
red butterfly wanders
on pink petals
cool sunshine ~ a dragonfly
searches a lotus
peeps from moist earth
to see a full moon ~
the nutcracker and shells
an orange butterfly
1] Multiple Cosmoses ~ General Type ~
polar bear and I
[General Appearance question mood ]
Oh! royal donkey
Oh ! butterfly
petal mazes on