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For every up quark, there’s down
For a bottom, a top. For every strange one,
There’s one that charms. Space
wrapped in time. That which Vishnu creates,
That which Shiva destroys. Kaal – time conquered
By Kali, the conqueror. The inert purusha, and
dynamic prakriti, nature.
Union of Gaia, the earth and
Uranus, the sky.
For your yang, to my yin.

From depth of despair to the heights of hope
A mantra, in an ancient tongue, intones:
From unreal lead me to real;
From darkness lead me to light;
From death lead me to immortality.

Notes: Day 15, NaPoWriMo 2016. The prompt, at half-way mark, was to write about the idea of doubles. It wasn’t a big stretch to go from doubles to duality. This one, almost was a stream of consciousness writing as these ideas popped in my head.

The mantra is one of my favorite one from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. For those who read Devanagari:

असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।

Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |

And if anyone is a Matrix trilogy fan, you will recall this mantra was part of song Navras in Matrix Revolutions, I believe. Or if you prefer a much traditional, non-techno, more sublime version – Ravi Shankar’s album Chants of India.


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