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Poem: "The Wisdom Kings" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Wisdom Kings"
This poem came from the December 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] brushwolf. It also fills the "wisdom" square on my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.  It has been sponsored out of the general fund, based on an audience poll.  You can read more about herukas and moksha  online.

"The Wisdom Kings"

The herukas  are wrathful deities
enlightened beings who take on
a fearsome appearance
to benefit other beings.

They cover themselves
in blood and skulls,
for all that is mortal passes away
and is not to be desired.

Each one seeks out
demons of a certain type.

Hayagriva tracks down
the Amitabha of evil speech.
Vishuddha hunts for
the Vajrapani of ill thoughts.
Lokastotrapuja-natha trails
the Ksitigarbha of worldly pride.

Whoever meditates on these terrifying forms
may learn the wisdom and strength
to overcome their own inner demons
and attain liberation from attachment.

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: December 10th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been accused of wordly pride, but I don't think that's what you meant!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 10th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)


Fixed it, thanks.
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