Today's Beautiful Gem: "Human
Limitations" from a Hindu scripture.
"O Lord, forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations:
Thou art everywhere, but I worship you here;
Thou art without form, but I worship you in these forms;
Thou needest no praise, yet I offer you these prayers and salutations.
Lord, forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations."
A Personal Note: O, how time flies! I still remember the day when
I mailed my first entry to begin the series "Today's Beautiful Gem".
To-day, we are reading the one hundredth posting. I thank all the
readers and the editors for their appreciative comments and constructive
criticisms. I am also thankful to my spouse and to my children for
their kind words of support and encouragement.
The gems I offered you so far must not be considered as mere quotations.
Most of them were read by me in their original context and many touched
me and moved me. It is to share this experience and also to ennoble
our selves that I post these. Only a few of the gems were my own. The
rest belong to others, some living, some dead, and, some anonymous. In
the tradition of the Tyagaraja song `Endaro mahaanubhaavulu, andariki
vandanaalu', I am grateful to all those enlightened souls. I made
earnest effort to assign full credit to the authors and also to their
translators. The sole criterion for selection of the gems was how
the passages moved me. Lines from budding poets to the world's great
philosophers find place in my postings. What I offer on this Digest are
only representative samples. The readers are strongly encouraged to go
to the original sources by buying or borrowing the books and read them
in full as well as seek other works by those authors.
May the Great Spirit inspire me to offer the readers more beautiful gems
in the future. Let us open the windows of our souls' abode to the gentle
scented breezes from the north and the south as well as from the east
and the west. Please accept my sincere wishes and best regards.
Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao