Birthday Sunrise Meditations

sunrise:

The sun rises over Perth, Western Australia, and I remember that today is my birthday. I’ll ‘celebrate’ it quietly. A few choice verses come to mind, in no particular order:

“And you run and you run to catch up with the sun,
but it’s sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”
– Pink Floyd

udita tapana hoile asta,
dina gelo boli’ hoibe byasta,
tabe keno ebe alasa hoy,
na bhaja hrdoya-raje

“With every rising and setting of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Why then do you remain idle and not serve the Lord of the heart?”
– Arunodaya-kirtana, songs to be sung at dawn, from Gitavali by Bhaktivinoda Thakur

ayur harati vai pumsam
udyann astan ca yann asau
tasyarte yat-ksano nita
uttama-sloka-vartaya

“Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead.” – Srimad Bhagavatam

yac-caksur esa savita sakala-grahanam
raja samasta-sura-murtir ashesa-tejah
yasyajnaya bhramati sambhrita-kala-chakro
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

“The sun, full of infinite effulgence, is the king of all the planets and the image of the good soul. The sun is like the eye of the Supreme Lord. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey, mounting the wheel of time.”
-Sri Brahma Samhita

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
-The Great Mantra, my constant friend this lifetime.
Posted by Kurma on 26/12/05; 11:33:14 AM

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