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WandaKR said: Becoming the Lotus...etcor worshiping at his Lotus feet?....The Blind Men and the ElephantJohn Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)It was six men of IndostanTo learning much inclined,Who went to see the Elephant(Though all of them were blind),That each by observationMight satisfy his mind.The First approached the Elephant,And happening to fallAgainst his broad and sturdy side,At once began to bawl:"God bless me! but the ElephantIs very like a WALL!"The Second, feeling of the tusk,Cried, "Ho, what have we here,So very round and smooth and sharp?To me 'tis mighty clearThis wonder of an ElephantIs very like a SPEAR!"The Third approached the animal,And happening to takeThe squirming trunk within his hands,Thus boldly up and spake:"I see," quoth he, "the ElephantIs very like a SNAKE!"The Fourth reached out an eager hand, And felt about the knee"What most this wondrous beast is likeIs mighty plain," quoth he:"'Tis clear enough the ElephantIs very like a TREE!"The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,Said: "E'en the blindest manCan tell what this resembles most;Deny the fact who can,This marvel of an ElephantIs very like a FAN!"The Sixth no sooner had begunAbout the beast to grope,Than seizing on the swinging tailThat fell within his scope,"I see," quoth he, "the ElephantIs very like a ROPE!"And so these men of IndostanDisputed loud and long,Each in his own opinionExceeding stiff and strong,Though each was partly in the right,And all were in the wrong!Such is our understanding of the arcane, the alchemists of old in search of the divine, the hidden and the unseen so well explained by Saxe
Indostan: by definition: Hindu: a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or IndiaThe relation to Lotus feet of course is the feet of Lord Krishna, the godhead, or the supreme god of the religion of India, each god rides on a vehicle, Lord Krihsna rides the earthly plane on his lotus (hense Lotus Feet), Ganesh (or Gunnapatti) my favorite, the elephant headed god of good fortune rides on a humble mouse. Ganesh mantra (prayer) "Aum shri ganeshaya namah" I was interested in wandaKR comment about the book of the dead and I found that most intriguing, and also I wanted to curry up the thread.
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