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LIFE 101 – My Word + My Law

Latin to English translation

TIEME RANAPIRI

“MY WORD or MY LAW”

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The Sun may be clouded, yet ever the Sun

Will sweep on its course, till the cycle is run!

And when, into CHAOS, the system is hurled

Again shall the builder reshape a new world.

 

Your path may be clouded; uncertain your goal:

MOVE-ON, for your ORBIT is fixed in your SOUL.

And though it may lead to darkness of night.

The TORCH of the “BUILDER” shall give it new light!

 

You WERE!; You WILL BE!; know this while you yet ARE!

Your spirit has traveled both long and afar!

It came from the SOURCE to the source it returns!

The spark which was ignited ETERNALLY burns!

 

It slept in a JEWEL; It leapt in a wave;

It roamed in the forest; It ROSE from the grave!

It took on strange garbs for long AEONS of years,

And NOW, in the soul of YOURSELF, IT APPEARS!

 

From body to body, your spirit speeds ON –

It seeks a NEW form, when the old one is gone;

And the form that it finds, if OF the FABRIC your wrought!

On the LOOM of the MIND – from the FIBER of THOUGHT!

 

As dew is drawn upwards, in RAIN to DESCEND,

Your thoughts drift away – and in DESTINY blend.

You CANNOT escape them, for Petty or for GREAT –

OR EVIL – OR NOBLE – THEY FASHION YOUR FATE!

 

Somewhere, on some PLANET, Sometime – and – Somehow,

Your lives will reflect your thoughts of your NOW!

MY LAW (WORD) is unnerving – NO BLOOD can atone!

The structure you built, you will live in – ALONE!

 

From Cycle to Cycle, through time and through SPACE  –

Your lives – with your longings, will EVER keep pace;

And ALL that you ask for  – and ALL that you DESIRE –

Must come at your bidding – As FLAME out of FIRE!

 

But – ONCE you’ve LISTENED to that VOICE – All Tumult is done!

Your life becomes the life of the INFINITE ONE!

In the hurrying race, you are conscious of PAUSE,

With LOVE for the purpose – and LOVE for the cause,

 

You are your OWN DEVIL; You are your OWN GOD!

You fashioned the PATHS your footsteps have trod!

And NO – one can save you fron ERROR OR SIN –

Until you have HEARKENED to the SPIRIT WITHIN!

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Kamar In Coral 6[94

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Desiderata (1692)

     Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

     Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

     Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. be yourself. especially do not feign affection. neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

     Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. but do not stress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

     Therefore be at peace with god, whatever you conceive him to be. and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. be cheerful. strive to be happy.

(translated via Latin engraving found at entrance to St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1692)

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