Into the canal and into the pond
empties the scum and filth of the city,
Stench and colour of the water
tests your senses begging for pity,
And there in the middle of hell
stands a symbol of untarnished purity,
Blooms at dawn to greet the sun
glowing amid ignorance since eternity.
From swirling cosmic waters
You rose a creation of primodial birth,
You sprang from every step
That Buddha placed on the blessed earth.
Enlighten me as I sit meditating
crosslegged with head high back stretched,
Reaching towards pure knowledge
In the material world of maya though rooted.
Strike this waiting soft open lotus
With a thunderbolt of penetrating wisdom,
To live in this unrealistic world
With happiness and sorrow in tandem.
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