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Veni Vidi Vici
I Came, I Saw, I Conquered

A Poem by MICHELE GIBSON

 

 

Moksa - Jainism

There is moksa
After the long suffering
After the death of all Karma
With infinite knowledge and perception
Having mastered the three jewels, knowledge perception and conduct
And grasped dharma - samyatkva - you will then surely know moksa in a few lifetimes.

 

Moksha - Hinduism

8.4 million manifestations
So much suffering to crush the self in the ego
To confront its unreality, a long time after destroying me I shall be the union with god
Practice, walk the margas, to attain moksha and be delivered, only after so many
manifestations

 

Mukti - Sikhi

To master reality
Neither divide nor join, not avoid nor recede
Recognise and rule - my senses, my self, my action
Humble, yet a most powerful humility, complete self mastery,
Cling to no thing, be the living one free from the chains of all reality,
And be here, and now, to lift all others to their own living freedom, Mukti.

 

April 12, 2011

Conversation about this article

1: Inni Kaur (Fairfield, CT, U.S.A.), April 12, 2011, 7:49 AM.

Welcome back! Missed your poetry. May I add to Mukhti-Sikhi? "Neither oppress nor be oppressed!"

2: Shivdev Singh (Ludhiana, Punjab), April 12, 2011, 9:16 AM.

Ms. Gibson: I like what you do with the most difficult of concepts, by reducing them to their barest simplicity. Once again, you have masterfully masticated esoteric terms and ideas into something I too can follow. Thank you. I love how you describe it all.

3: Mohinder (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), April 12, 2011, 9:40 AM.

Your gentle words both compare and contrast the three landscapes, and lay the soul bare. I would like to see you try your hand at translating gurbani ... I would give a lot to read your interpretation. Will you, please?

4: I.J. Singh (New York, U.S.A.), April 12, 2011, 12:34 PM.

Wonderful. Never knew that you would take on others in a comparative framework. Lovely.

5: Rajiv Chandaria (Delhi, India), April 12, 2011, 1:48 PM.

A good summation of the beliefs of the three belief systems. I thought poetry was impregnable. You make it so easy to fathom.

6: Irvinder Singh Babra (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), April 12, 2011, 8:59 PM.

From a small Canadian village north of Brampton, you, a poet and health care worker, unleash substance about the age-old, voluminous Indian religions ... is remarkable. Thank you. But why Mukti in Sikhi, Moksha in Hinduism and Moksa in Jainism will continue to remain separate paths. And we still have suffering today.

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I Came, I Saw, I Conquered"









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