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This hymn is an extract from Yajurveda which is one of the four Vedas, (Rigveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda being the other three), which are regarded as ancient books. The date of the Vedas is unknown. But they are surely among the most ancient literary works of the world. They deal with the Deity, Creation and Existence. In this hymn the divine Essence, THE PEERLESS SPIRIT and THE DEATHLESS FLAME are invoked to put the will in the Mind (Jivatma) to do only what is good. There is a divine nature of the spirit of man which is also a part of the divine essence (Spirit of God). The wise men that are perfect in observing rituals are controlled by that divine nature. As the fleet-footed horses are controlled by reins so our fleshly desires are controlled by the Mind in us.

May that by which wise men, skilful in rituals
and steady in assemblies, perform their tasks….
that peerless Spirit that lies in all creatures,
may that my Mind resolve on what is good.
May that which is deep knowledge, intellect, memory
that which is the deathless Flame in living beings,
without which nothing whatever is done,
may that my Mind resolve on what is good.
May that w'hich guides men like a good charioteer
who controls fleet-footed horses w'ith the reins,
that which abides in the heart, most swift and active,
may that my Mind resolve on what is good.


The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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