BRAHMA poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brahma poem
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brahma poem is written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1856. It is named for Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Brahma poem is inspired by the teachings of Hindu scriptures such as Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.

IF the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanished gods to me appear;
And one to me are shame and fame.

They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.

The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.


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