capable of melting

when i was a small sparrow & i ate seeds where i could find them,
i said "thank You" to Shiva for giving them to me. when i was
a hawk & i could catch a sparrow on the wing for my supper,
i said "thank You" to Shiva for providing my next meal for me.

when i was a deer & i munched on tender grass & leaves to feed
my hunger, i said "thank You" to Shiva for offering Himself
to me in this form. when i was a wolf & i ate deer to stay
alive, i said "thank You" to Shiva for this welcome gift You bring:
& i laid myself down flat upon the ground, prostrating to Him.

now i am human. i ask Shiva what He suggests I should eat.
He tells me that i, myself, am both the eater & the eaten.
Shiva confides that everything is made from His own body, that
all things nurture in their own way: & that once i eat i also
am confirmed within the realm of the eatible. all matter is
circulated & transformed in the process; as caterpillar
becomes chrysalis; as water evaporates from the ocean
to become rain. all matter is subject to transformation, &
the master-transformer is Shiva, who provides everything that
we eat from His own primal substance, His body of expression.

all is given by divine provision, for it is one & it is
holy. i call this Shiva; others may say God or Jehovah,
Allah, Buddha, Krishna or the Tao. Although appearing as quite
diverse, all is seen essentially as one, when examined with
holistic sight & a receptive heart capable of melting.

though all is made from the substance of that one vast holy being,
what i eat does become part of this body, thus i'm selective.
i don't eat anything that has a face, so i eat vegetables,
grains & milk products, giving some degree of purity for You
Who finally partake of me in the higher realm that i am
headed for. i say "thank You," Shiva, as i offer myself like
a sweet, juicy purple plum, ripe on the branch in morning sunshine,
ready for a transformative journey to Whom all things return.

Author: swadharma9

i am 81, living in a nursing home and deepening my spiritual life as is appropriate as one ages. i am a student of the Sanatana Dharma and a devotee of Lord Shiva.

10 thoughts on “capable of melting”

  1. The heart melts reading this. So true. Food isn’t just about keeping the body and mind going. It’s nourishment for the soul, a transformative journey overlaid with gratitude for all that’s consumed. Thanks Joy for such a thought provoking post, so vividly expressed. Never observed food this way.๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ”ฑ

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  2. Well I just love this beautiful thought you have shared..One time about 15 years ago, I had an experience, while praying..I saw that just like the noun that represents the form that represents Everything micro to macro, is the “sphere”, the verb, that represents the action, process, of life is “to eat”.. everything eats everything as you so beautifully state. From black holes to microscopic oganisms At one moment we are the eater, when our body decomposes after death, we are the eaten…and in many times through out our life, we are not just the top of the food-chain, but on the very bottom, devoured by viruses, bacteria, parasites etc. A small baby can not eat a whole,raw carrot; it must be manipulated, cooked, mashed , made palatable for a being with no teeth or developed digestive system. In the same way, at the end of our life, God (Allah, truly Is all the same) cracks our shell, leaves it behind and absorbs our soul inside. In our alive state, we are too dense…too heavy, too much husk, and chaff . We must be cracked open… I think that instant , that bite…is called death. We can talk more on this tomorrow…but as always, your words soar.

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