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Waiting
  • poetry
  • english
  • spirituality
  • enlightenment
  • contentment
  • solitude
Monday, 26th March 2012
Noida

Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.

I stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall know my face.

Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me;
No wind can drive my bark astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny.

What matter if I stand alone?
I wait with joy the coming years;
My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
And garner up its fruit of tears.

The waters know their own and draw
The brook that springs in yonder height;
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delight.

The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
Can keep my own away from me.

John Burroughs
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Synopsis

There are two ideas highlighted in this poem:

  1. By doing good, good things come to us.

    As we sow, so shall we reap. Or karma. The law of karma.

    What happens to us has its womb in our past actions. If we do good, we can expect good. If we do bad, we can expect bad.

    A skeptic might think, "This sounds all nice and cozy to hear but just take a look at the real world. Those that do bad go scottfree. The good ones suffer."

    To that, I say: my dear friend, look deeper. Something else is afoot; that which doesn't meet the eye. Fruits are born in the mind. Good begets bliss; bad, terror.

    Those that do bad live in mortal terror. They might be comfortable, but they're never at rest. Their minds are in unimaginable turmoil.

    But those that unceasingly do good, they live in bliss. They may have little but there is a quiet tenor to their lives, as is expressed in this poem in its second paragraph.

    I stay my haste, I make delays,
    For what avails this eager pace?

    But also, the fruits of our actions don't end there. They come about full circle in time.

  2. This quietitude develops a nonchalance in the man towards whatever life may throw at him.

    By continuously doing good, a mental fortitude is developed that can prevail, protect and preserve against the viccisitudes of life.

    This is the fruit of a mind that dwells on good.

    First, one thinks good thoughts, and then does good. Only one who thinks good thoughts ends up doing good. The fruit of the good thoughts is good actions that the person then is automatically motivated to do; the good actions get expressed through him because of the purity of his mind. And those good actions bring about as their fruit, even more purity, poise and cheerfulness of mind, and establish that mind in even greater good. No troubles, no sorrows affect such a man.

    Also, one's good deeds bring about fruits externally too in terms of great blessings, in their own time.

Related
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  2. Live As Though You Don't Exist, a chat with Mooji.
  3. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj - A Meditation - Advaita Vedanta, recited by Samanera Jayasara, the most beautiful recitations.
  4. A related thought for the day from Mooji. Remember, you can also play audio on that page. Look at the top-right corner of the thought for the day section on that page.
  5. A related thought for the day from Swami Vivekananda on the law of Karma.
  6. A couplet from Adi Sankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam on the fact that the company of the good gradually cultivates in one, a nonchalance towards the viccisitudes of life.
  7. Inspiring words from Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda. You can also play audio on that page. It's the button on the top-right section. And here's another quote from him on the same idea.
  8. Same thought in different words.
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