Today's Beautiful Gem: "Bookmark" by Saint Teresa,
translated by H. W. Longfellow
I like book shops, particularly those that sell old and used books!
The atmosphere therein is alwyas interesting. The sight of old binding
and the smell of old paper (no pun intended) is breath-taking! I
sometimes feel that the air is filled with the spirit of authors who left
this mortal world long ago leaving behind them their immortal opuses. It
is my habit to buy books when I visit new places. Thus, Seattle is
marked by the bigraphy of Vinoba, Paris by the book 'Symmetrie aujourdui',
Charlottsville by a book of poems translated by Bly and others, etc. The
culture of a nation or a people can best be gauged not only by the books
written by its authors, but also by the type of books being read by the
common folk as well as the scholars. Wherever you have books, you also
have bookmarks. Here is one. Keep it and use it!
"Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing:
God never changeth;
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth."
Om shaantiH Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao