In his book “Alchemy of Fragrance” David Crow writes that there are deep and mysterious relationships among the soil, water, sunlight and air and the bodies of plants that absorb and transform these elements. . There are wondrous alchemies in the transmutation of these elements by plants into foods, medicines, and fragrances. An aromatic plant creates its fragrance from radiant solar energy, from nutrients of the soil, from springs, dew, rains, wind and breezes. When we breathe that perfume w are breathing the breath of the celestial heavens, living soil, and the living waters.
In this poem ( he says it is an experiment) Andrews is comparing the body and the soul to the flower and its fragrance. As the fragrance of the flower comes from where it is growing the soul gets its fragrance (goodness) from the actions of the body. Apart from the philosophical overtones, the beauty of this poem is in its thought. The poem has beautifully delineated the concept of the relationship between our body and the soul. We may be handsome, healthy and strong but we are reminded by the bible words : What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever" (1Corinthians 15:50). I repeat the dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. It is flower’s vanity to think the fragrance belongs to it. At one point the separation takes place – fragrance from flower and soul from body. Like men the flower also returns to the soil and the fragrance dissolves in the air..
I think the style and structure of the poem is more close to free verse and Andrews has done justice to it. The free verse has been defined as : Free verse is a literary device that can be defined as poetry that is free from limitations of regular meter or rhythm and does not rhyme with fixed forms. Such poems are without rhythms and rhyme schemes; do not follow regular rhyme scheme rules and still provide artistic expression. In this way, the poet can give his own shape to a poem how he/she desires. However, it still allows poets to use alliteration, rhyme, cadences or rhythms to get the effects that they consider are suitable for the piece.
Vayanakkaran2017-01-11 14:05:42 NewsLook like a hard earned money of this ignorant, poor, old lady. Here the police, panchayat and the authoirities show their power to search. Will they go to the houses of Tata, Birla, Ambani, Mohan Lal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Amitha Bachan, so many other pllotical, business hevy weights, Also pujaris, Bishoops , Godmen, God lady, "Aaal Davingal etc. . This Vayanakkaran stand for the poor and down trodden. Cath the big fishes. Do not show your courage to these type of poor and illitrate people. Shame to our police system and the big shots.
Observer2017-01-11 13:16:35 NewsAlmost all are some kind of new faces. At least you should have been kept one or two old faces. Please do not take out our hard earned life membership fee and that must stay on deposit as it is. Also the new people must study the tradition and the constitution. New faces welcome. All these new faces did not stayed migrated or stayed in USA not even 10 years. All the best for the new team. Also try to learn from the old leaders of India Catholic Association. Many old leaders are old, sick and tired. But they were able people.
renji2017-01-11 11:55:22 NewsGreat talent the whole would agree. But, he is a selfish man who has done very little for the humanity considering the influence and leverage he had in the last 5 decades!
George Varughese2017-01-11 05:50:45 NewsReally Fantastic!
Moothappan2017-01-11 01:06:00 NewsSo, in our beloved Kerala, no court ordered search warrant is needed. Satai has no property rights, no privacy. A bunch of panchayat officials with police can search. Do they go to a rich mohanlal s house also ? Police says the money will be given to the court, Only hers. Modi has brought this bad economic mess. Bad, sad news everyday.
saiju vijayan2017-01-10 23:19:02 Newsvery nice , Thanks. The one and only our Dasettan.......
Dear Vayanakkaran, Sorry if I misunderstood you and
you meant different. Commonly used words can give different images and
perceptions in your mind. Coming to the subject, religion and politics, for
thousands of years Theocracy was in rule. In Iran religious priests are ruling
now. The sky didn’t come down because of it, and things went pretty smooth. In
Israel also it was a theocracy as instituted by God, and other nations copied
it. The kings, rulers or administrators and the priests and the Prophets or
writers were the three pillars of society. Each was an independent institution.
King could not do the functions of priests although he was all powerful. But
they worked together as it was supposed to work. Until recently the Roman
emperor was officially given authority by the Pope. There is a Pope that
removed the Emperor and an emperor that removed Pope from power. Roman governors
used their power to appoint Jewish priests. Emperor needed priests and priests
needed emperor. This was the situation all over the world. In India also the
situation was not much different. King came from Kshthriyas while Priests came
from Brahmins and Munis were the Prophets who had control over both priests and
Kings. In this 21st centaury also things are not much different
because these institutions were instituted by God. If it was manmade, it would
have been history by now. Rulers ruled people and priests preached people as to
how to lead their life finding inspiration from the writings of Munis or
Prophets and writers. Just because Andrew or you and I do not like it, it will
not change. Each has a role to play. It is true that there is misunderstanding
among the three and suspicion of each other. All three while independent
supposed to work together for the welfare of the community. You mentioned about
the need for them to be completely separate. For what purpose? There is no existence
for each apart from the welfare of people. Sop for the welfare of the people they
have to work together.Their working too
close can cause problem as it happened in Russia just before the Russian
Revolution as Czars and Priests worked together and common people suffered as
too much power accumulated in one place. I understand the need for them to be separate
but there is no existence for each apart from the welfare of the society.
Politicians or rulers in this 21st centaury need priests and Priests
need Politicians for the welfare of their sheep. Sp they need not work in
isolation. If they come on the same stage occasionally they can communicate
better with each other as to their needs and support of each other. It is the
fear of consequence that prevents people from becoming violent and criminals.
So administrators need Priests to give that fear of consequence in people to
make the life of administrators easy. Priests need the help of administrators
for the welfare of the sheep. I am also against priests in all public functions.
I like to see more of politicians or rulers and administrators given equal
opportunity with writers the third pillar of society. But occasionally for important
functions it is ok for priests to give a message as it makes the work of
administrators easy. Nobody work for himself/herself. See below how recently
religion and politics worked together in the independence of India.
astrologers had insisted that the speech of acknowledgement of transfer of
power be done within the 48 minutes window (referred to as “Abhijeet Muhurta”)
which lasted between 24 minutes before and after 12:15am i.e between 11:51pm
& 12:39am. Nehru had to deliver a speech only within that time frame and an
additional constraint was that the speech had to end by 12 AM, so that the holy
conch (Shanka) be blown to herald the birth of a new nation at the stroke of
midnight hour, and the rest is history.”
palpu2017-01-10 17:55:12 NewsI totally agree with what Mr.Vayanakkaran said. Priest (either he is hindu , christen or muslim) we donot need them for any malayalee function. They all can have their on religious function. It is a habit of some of the leaders of our association, a priest should need for the function. Wake up malayalees check with our other Indian organization, they donot have any priest coming for their function. It is time to go with the flow
ജോണിക്കുട്ടി 2017-01-10 12:51:35 Newsശ്രീ വായനക്കാരൻ നൂറു ശതമാനവും യോജിക്കുന്നു. ആന ഇല്ലാതെ പൂരം ഇല്ല എന്ന പോലെ ആണ്. അമേരിക്കയിൽ എല്ലാ പരിപാടിക്കും പുരോഹിതരെ കെട്ടി എഴുന്നൊള്ളിക്കും. ബഹു ഭൂരിപക്ഷം പുരോഹിതരും ഉള്ളു കൊണ്ട് തീവ്ര മത വിശ്വാസ്സങ്ങൾ വച്ച് പുലർത്തുന്നവർ ആണ്. അതിനു അവരെ കുറ്റം പറയുകയല്ല. അത് അവരുടെ ജീവനോപാധി ആണല്ലോ. പൊതു സമൂഹത്തിൽ വരുമ്പോൾ ഈശ്വരൻ ഒന്നേ ഉള്ളു എന്നൊക്കെ വച്ച് കാച്ചി കയ്യടി വാങ്ങും. തിരികെ കാറിൽ കയറുമ്പോൾ മുതൽ ബാക്കി എല്ലാ മതങ്ങളെയും കുറ്റം പറയും ഇക്കൂട്ടർ.അവർ അവരുടെ തൊഴിൽ അതാത് സ്ഥാപനത്തിൽ ചെയ്തു ജീവിക്കട്ടെ
Thousands of Jesus followers are being trained for the Armageddon battle with our Lord s return. HE needs me for the noblest cause.
Vayanakkaran2017-01-10 10:32:47 NewsDear respected Mathulla: Please understand, priests means from any religions, such as from Christains, from Muslim (Mulla), Pujari or Swamy from Hindu religion, Rabi from jewish. Do not take it only from Christains. Myself, the vayanakkaran always meant the " priests from all religious categories. Please understand my expression in the right way. It look like you are a christain priest fundamentalist. I am against giving major platforms tyo all kinds or all varieties of religious priests in our secular association celebration. We must have a separation between the church and state and also between the church and secular organization. Here Church menans not just chriatain churches, it covers temples, mosques, syngogues, etc.. etc. Here those particular cases I saw 99 percent of the times the priests, thirumanies, bishops occupy and take our secular association times for their speeches. We have enough speeches every sundays or in many occassion from temples or from worship areas all their time consuming, boring, repeated speeches. Then why you secular association people are bringing them here again. It must be stopped and instead bring better social thinkers, writers, literary people, artists, journalists like even "Mathuula". Even Mathulla the writer is a better choice than the priests because Mathlla is a writer and thinker, but you must throw away your fundamental thinking towards one group. Any way thinks it over Mathulla.
I am not here to deny any morals taught by anyone in the course of human history. What I am saying is that it is beautiful concept for human life. If Sri Budha said it centuries before, it only makes the concept only more welcome to humanity. I am sorry that I can only write from my limited reading.
Anyway, Andrews & Co. will not dispute what you said, Jegi. They have only problems with Christians and Christianity.
To 'Snapaka Pappachen' - Are you a paper tiger making threats on the pages of emalayalee? I will pray for you nevertheless.
JEGI2017-01-10 08:57:04 Newsടോം അബ്രഹാം താങ്കളിൽ ഒരു ക്രിസ്ത്യൻ സാക്ഷി മഹാരാജ്നെ ആണ് കാണുന്നത്. യേശു പറഞ്ഞതിന് വിരുദ്ധമായി നമുക്ക് കണ്ണിനു കണ്ണും കാതിനു കാതും എന്ന പഴയ നിയമ ഗോത്ര സംസ്കാരത്തിലേക്ക് പോകാം എന്നാണോ. നാണമില്ലേ ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി പോലും. യേശുവിനെ അറിയാതെ യേശുവിനു വേണ്ടി വാദിക്കുന്നവർ. മൂവാറ്റുപുഴയിൽ ജോസഫ് മാഷിന്റെ കൈവെട്ടിയതിനെ ന്യായീകരിച്ച, ആ കുടുംബത്തെ ദ്രോഹിച്ച പുരോഹിത വർഗ്ഗവും തങ്ങളും തമ്മിൽ ഒരു വ്യത്യാസവും ഇല്ല.
It is noticed that Vaayanakkaran shows intolerance when any news related
to Christian priests appear. On the other hand when news related to his
religion, their rituals, festivals or leaders speaking in so called secular
organizations, he is nowhere to be seen. Malayalee associations are composed of
individuals most of them have religion, and religion is part of everyday life
for most. To organize the Malayalee associations, to bring people to the
meetings, organizers need to see the interest of people. If in a community 90
percent of the people who attend Malayalee Associations meetings are Christians,
inviting their leader is necessary to bring people to the meetings. Religion
has its own influence on people and it is not like Vaayanakaran thinks. Vaayanakkaran
never goes to Church or listen to priests. Why this propaganda here against
priests? As I was a Malayalee Association Board member I am aware of the
practical difficulties here. When a person gives a message, he needs to be
qualified for it. Some of these other secular people, audience will not be
there to listen to them. Even in major secular, political meetings priests are
invited and allowed to talk. The recent interpretation of the separation of
Church and State is not the interpretation of the founding fathers of the
constitution. The Congress building was the Church assembly halls in earlier
days and some of the founding fathers pastors or priests. Judeo Christian
principles in Bible are the basis of US Constitution. Those who put comments, please get involved in the community before putting comments, and get first hand experience of the hopes and aspirations of people.