The Choice Is Your Own

6 Jul

This poem is a series of 15 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This poem talks about some of the holy texts, gods, and tenets for one of world’s major religions, Hinduism.

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“The Choice Is Your Own”
By Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2012
All rights reserved

Our oldest scripture
is called the Rigveda. There
are three other texts.

The Yajurveda,
the Samaveda, and the
Atharvaveda.

Total freedom of
belief and worship is how
we practice our faith.

Monotheism?
Polytheism? Either
is tolerated.

Dharma is order,
law, harmony and all truth.
It comes from Brahman.

Brahman is supreme.
There are others like Vishnu,
Shiva and Shakti.

Sometimes the gods may
personify as humans.
They are avatars.

We define Karma
as the moral law of cause
and effect. Deeds. Thoughts.

The cycle: action;
reaction; birth; death; rebirth —
is called samsara.

Samsara provides
pleasure that encourages
reincarnation.

Know that Nirvana
is the ultimate goal of
life. Stop the cycle.

Kama means to wish,
passion, longing and pleasure
of enjoying life.

The enjoyment of
love, affection, sensual
things that may please you.

Love and devotion.
Right action. Meditation.
Wisdom. All yogas.

Yoga means a path.
You choose your path for your life.
The choice is your own.

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