Today's Beautiful Gem: `The Brahman's Wisdom' by Friedrich Ru:ckert
(born 1788), translated from the original German by Eva Martin.

"Nought better can man do than break away
From self, and from the world, and wholly pray.
But prayer must not be made of words alone;
Prayer must be made of thought; prayer must be shown
In actions, too-- so that the whole life soars
In one pure breath straight up to Heaven's doors."

"Where ends the homeland? where do foreign parts begin?
It all depends upon the heart that takes them in.
A narrow heart that only narrow ways hath known
Finds foreign countries close outside its native town;
But a wide heart finds home in every distant place,
E'en as the circling skies the whole wide earth embrace."

om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao