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December 25, 2013

Christmas greetings ….

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
louder than the voices of the bigots …..
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Brahmins, Methodist and Muslim, Catholics and Hindus, say come.
Peace.

Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jains, the Sikh and the Buddhist,
implore you to stay awhile with us
so we may learn by your shimmering light
how to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.
On this platform of peace, we can create a language
to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.
At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ

Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices to celebrate the promise of
Peace.

We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace.

We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace.

We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul

(with apologies to  Maya Angelou)

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December 25, 2013

Christmas Greetings ……

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July 12, 2013

the Akshauhini ……

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In the interval between the Dwapara and the Kali Yugas there happened at Samanta-panchaka the encounter between the armies of the Kauravas and the Pandavas.
In that holy region, without ruggedness of any kind, were assembled eighteen Akshauhinis of soldiers eager for battle.
And, O Brahmanas, having come thereto, they were all slain on the spot.
Thus the name of that region, O Brahmanas, hath been explained, and the country described to you as a sacred and delightful one.
I have mentioned the whole of what relateth to it as the region is celebrated throughout the three worlds.’
“The Rishis said, ‘We have a desire to know, O son of Suta, what is implied by the term Akshauhini that hath been used by thee. Tell us in full what is the number of horse and foot, chariots and elephants, which compose an Akshauhini for thou art fully informed.’ “
Sauti said, ‘One chariot, one elephant, five foot-soldiers, and three horses form one Patti;
three pattis makeone Sena-mukha;

three sena-mukhas are called a Gulma;
three gulmas, a Gana;
three ganas, a Vahini;
three vahinis together are called a Pritana;
three pritanas form a Chamu;
three chamus, one Anikini;
and an anikini taken ten times forms, as it is styled by those who know, an Akshauhini.
O ye best of Brahmanas, arithmeticians have calculated that the number of chariots in an Akshauhini is twenty-one thousand eight hundred and seventy.

The measure of elephants must be fixed at the same number.
O ye pure, you must know that the number of foot-soldiers is one hundred and nine thousand, three hundred and fifty,
the number of horse is sixty-five thousand, six hundred and ten.
These, O Brahmanas, as fully explained by me, are the numbers of an Akshauhini as said by those acquainted with the principles of numbers.
O best of Brahmanas, according to this calculation were composed the eighteen Akshauhinis of the Kaurava and the Pandava army.

from
section 2
Adi Parva
Book 1
The Mahabharta

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