Thursday, June 6, 2013

May All Beings Be Happy, Healthy And Living in the Now

Look to this day

by Kalidasa

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!

*Kalidasa was the greatest of the sanskrit dramatists, and the first great name in Sanskrit literature after Ashvaghoshha. In the intervening three centuries between Asvaghosha (who had a profound influence on the poet) and Kalidasa there was some literary effort, but nothing that could compare with the maturity and excellence of Kalidasa's poetry. Virtually no facts are known about his life, although colourful legends abound. Physically handsome, he was supposed to have been a very dull child, and grew up quite uneducated. Through the match-making efforts of a scheming minister he was married to a princess who was ashamed of his ignorance and coarseness. Kalidasa (Kali)

Autumn The autumn comes, a maiden fair / In slenderness and grace,
Shakuntala Act III / SCENE –The HERMITAGE in a Grove.
Shakuntala Act VII (Final Act) ACT VII / King Dushyant with Matali in the chariot of Indra (king of gods in heaven and also
Shakuntala Act IV ACT IV / SCENE –A LAWN before the Cottage.

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