The offering is an uncomplicated poem by Balamani Amma. It was published in 1986. The poem narrates the love triangle between God, nature, and man. The poem indicates how deep are spiritual innates for human beings. It also explains the spiritual transition of the poet from a child to an adult.
When knowledge rose in me you were hidden in a soft stone in temple I kept water from my well flowers from my garden only for you
The poem’s first stanza expresses the innocence of the child who believes that the soft stone in the temple itself is a god. She trusts the stone which is decorated and adored in the temple. She was very pious that she carried flowers from the garden only for the god. The poet expresses her undivided love for god by writing only for you. She believes that her offering is her dharma to god.
I heard your voice often in the voice of people walking on the lanes. I burned fragrant incense lighted lamps for you
Poet notes that she came to know more about God through the words of people walking through the lanes. It indicates that when she grew up she found the presence of God in others. Her devotion also grew along with her physical growth. Now she offers incense and lamps. Incense and lamp symbolize her self-sacrifices.
The day ends. you sit in the moonlight within me. Beginningless Purusha, I offer, sweetened Annam of mind, words and deeds to you
By the end of the poem, poet attains self-realization. She believes that God is not an entity that stands separate from her but God dwells in herself. She calls God a beginningless Purusha. It’s a sublime expression for God from Indian philosophy.
She remarks that God is the sweetened annam of mind, words, and deeds. It implies that God is fully indwelling within her and her act of writing poetry itself is an offering to the god. God directs her thoughts, words, and actions. Readers can also find the implications of Advaita philosophy in this poem. It’s a philosophy that narrates god and subjects as a single unit. All the stanzas of the poem end with the word you which stands for ‘god’. The poem itself seems like her best offering for her God.
Check out these deals
<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.ca/b?_encoding=UTF8&tag=manubaby7160b-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=fe2586b082512d4559ad00c8a4090905&camp=15121&creative=330641&node=667823011“>Best gadgets</a>