Diwali 2012 is just around the corner, only 3 days to go! The event of the year for people in India and the Indian communities around the world! Also A total solar eclipse will take place on 13–14 November 2012, so “Thank you for the Light” – (also a birthday treat for me, I have been looking for this particular poem for many years. I had found the poem in a magazine some 20 years ago but had forgotten the title and the author, so could never find it.. Today, a friend posted the poem and I thank him very much.. :)) ..” –
ANTHEM OF LIGHT
O Light Invisible, we praise Thee!
Too bright for mortal vision.
O Greater Light, we praise Thee for the less;
The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moon light and star light, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light Invisible, we worship Thee!
We thank Thee for the light that we have kindled,
The light of altar and of sanctuary;
Small lights of those who meditate at midnight
And lights directed through the coloured panes of windows
And light reflected from the polished stone,
The gilded carven wood, the coloured fresco.
Our gaze is submarine, our eyes look upward
And see the light that fractures through unquiet water.
We see the light but see not whence it comes.
O Light Invisible, we glorify Thee!
In our rhythm of earthly life we tire of light. We are glad when the
day ends, when the play ends; and ecstasy is too much pain.
We are children quickly tired: children who are up in the night and
fall asleep as the rocket is fired; and the day is long for work or
We tire of distraction or concentration, we sleep and are glad to sleep,
Controlled by the rhythm of blood and the day and the night and the seasons.
And we must extinguish the candle, put out the light and relight it;
Forever must quench, forever relight the flame.
Therefore we thank Thee for our little light, that is dappled with shadow.
We thank Thee who hast moved us to building, to finding, to forming at
the ends of our fingers and beams of our eyes.
And when we have built an altar to the Invisible Light, we may set
thereon the little lights for which our bodily vision is made.
And we thank Thee that darkness reminds us of light.
O Light Invisible, we give Thee thanks for Thy great glory!
– T S Eliot, ‘Choruses From The Rock’
“May your feet ever walk in the light of two suns… and may the moonshadow never fall on you… ” -R. Fanney