Menelaus, the victor of the Trojan War. Greek Mythology, perhaps though not likely.

The Trojan War.

Menelaus, King of Sparta

Menelaus, King of Sparta and Husband of Helen of Troy.

Trojan Horse, Entry into Troy.

Entry and the Siege of Troy

Actual bust of Helen of Troy. Stunning!!

Actual bust of Helen of Troy. Truly a face that launched a thousand ships!!

Menelaus was the undisputed king of Sparta and married to the beauty Helen. Homer’s Iliad is the most expansive source for Menelaus’s exploits during the Trojan War. In Book 3, Menelaus challenges Paris to a duel for Helen’s return. Menelaus soundly beats Paris, but before he can kill him and claim victory, Aphrodite spirits Paris away inside the walls of Troy. In Book 4, while the Greeks and Trojans squabble over the duel’s winner, Athena inspires the Trojan Pandarus to kill Menelaus with his bow and arrow. Menelaus is wounded in the abdomen, and the fighting resumes. Later, in Book 17, Homer gives Menelaus an extended aristeia as the hero retrieves the corpse of Patroclus from the battlefield.

According to Hyginus, Menelaus killed eight men in the war, and was one of the Greeks hidden inside the Trojan Horse. During the sack of Troy, Menelaus killed Deiphobus, who had married Helen after the death of Paris.

There are four versions of Menelaus’ and Helen’s reunion on the night of the sack of Troy:Angry at Helen, Menelaus looked for and found her. In a fit of rage, he decided to kill her for leaving him for Paris, but when he raised his sword, she started to weep at her former husband’s feet, begging for her life. In a split second, Menelaus’ wrath went away instantly. He took pity on her, and decided to take her back as wife.Menelaus resolved to kill Helen but her striking beauty prompted him to drop his sword and take her back to his ship “to punish her at Sparta”, as he claimed.[7]According to the Bibliotheca, Menelaus raised his sword in front of the temple in the central square of Troy to kill her but his wrath went away when he saw her tearing her clothes in sorrow (to reveal her breasts).A similar version by Stesichorus in “Ilion’s Conquest” narrated that Menelaus surrendered her indeed to his soldiers to stone her to death; however, when she ripped the front of her robes, the Achaean warriors were stunned by her beauty and the stones fell harmlessly from their hands.According to Euripides’ Helen, after Menelaus dies, he is reunited with Helen on the Isle of the Blessed.[8] paradise.

Candela, Fire, Buena Vista Social Club.

O Lord, where shall I find Thee? Poem of Yehuda Halevi, Poet and Philosopher of Spain. http://www.cloaklinks.com/go/evensong.

http://www.cloaklinks.com/go/evensong , Poem #12. For Hebrew transliteration. The Selected Poems of Yehuda Halevi
Translated and annotated by Hillel Halkin. Published by NEXTBOOK, INC. This material may not be copied without crediting the translator and the publisher. 

O Lord, where shall I find Thee?

Yehuda Halevi, Author of the famous Kuzari. Actual Bust.

Yehuda Halevi, Author of the famous Kuzari. Actual Bust.

All-hidden and exalted is Thy place;

And where shall I not find Thee?

Full of Thy glory is the infinite space.

Found near-abiding ever,
He made the earth’s ends, set their utmost bar;
Unto the nigh a refuge,
Yea, and a trust to them who wait afar.
Thou sittest throned between the Cherubim,
Thou dwellest high above the cloud rack dim.
Praised by Thine hosts and yet beyond their praises
Forever far exalt;
The endless whirl of worlds may not contain Thee,
How, then, one heaven’s vault?

And Thou, withal uplifted
O’er man, upon a mighty throne apart,
Art yet forever near him,
Breath of his spirit, life-blood of his heart.
His own mouth speaketh testimony true
That Thou his Maker art alone; for who
Shall say he hath not seen Thee? Lo! the heavens
And all their host aflame
With glory show Thy fear in speech unuttered,
With silent voice proclaim.

Longing I sought Thy presence,
Lord, with my whole heart did I call and pray,
And going out toward Thee,
I found Thee coming to me on the way;
Yea, in Thy wonders’ might as clear to see
As when within the shrine I looked for Thee.
Who shall not fear Thee? Lo! upon their shoulders
Thy yoke divinely dread!
Who shall forbear to cry to Thee, That givest
To all their daily bread?

And can the Lord God truly—
God, the Most High—dwell here within man’s breast?
What shall he answer, pondering—
Man, whose foundations in the dust do rest?
For Thou art holy, dwelling ‘mid the praise
Of them that waft Thee worship all their days.
Angels adoring, singing of Thy wonder,
Stand upon Heaven’s height;
And Thou, enthroned o’erhead, all things upholdest
With everlasting might. Translated by Nina Davis

 

 

Prabhu Aji Gamala, Lord you have in front of you a penitent devotee. Pt. Kumar Gandharva.

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Lord today you have in front of you a devotee. Having waited,  I have tried to come to you as a new bride as dying hearts will you resuscitate. Thus, I have been prepared to sacrifice my life for the promise. Nectarine praise becomes your completion in every corner of this world. Among aspirants you gather your Glory. And in our midst  bring your strength together for its purpose. Such is the might of your promise. Lord today you have in front of you a penitent devotee. Prabhu aji gamalā, mane tōṣalā.Kōpē bahu mājhā. Thō prabhurājā.  Āthā hāsalā. Mane tōṣalā. Mr̥taci hr̥daya hōthē nātha, hē pūrṇa jhālē.  Pari vacanasudhēnē (promise) tyāsi jivantha kēlē. Amr̥tamadhura śabda tyā punhā aikaṇyāthē. Śhravaṇi sakala mājhī śhakti ēkatra hōtē.

Here is what Gandhi had to put up with at the University College of London, Britain.

waveWhen Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed animosity towards him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said,”Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.

Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question:

“Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?”

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded,

“The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said,

“I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.”

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded,

“Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you autographed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

1 corinthians.

Vithala geeti gawa, Sing of God’s Glory. Vocalist. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Lyrics by Saint Tukaram.

vithala giti gawa vithala chti ghyawa,vithala ubha pahavari devawari,anthancha bandhu vithala krupasindhu,todi bhavbandhu yamapash,tochi sharanangata vithala mukatidata,vithala ja santha samagame,vithala gunnidhi vithala sarvsiddhi,lagali samadhi vithala naame,vithalache naame gheta zale sukh,godawale mukhe tuka mahne.

Singing the songs of the Lord attains selfhood. Those who are in HIS company are called warriors of God.Everlasting friend, the One who provides mercy is the ruler of this earth.Praise HIS glory so that you may attain salvation from the world in assembly of wise and pious people. God who is the master of all virtues is also the giver of wisdom and becoming one with him is possible with the constant chanting of HIS name. Let it be known that it is only his renown that will be made evident. The saint Tukaram sings of Divine Majesty, Vithala.

 

Shadows in the rain. Dream of the Blue Turtles. Sting.

I woke up in my clothes again this morning
I don’t know exactly where I am
And I should heed my doctor’s warning
He does the best with me he can

He says I suffer from delusion
But I’m so confident I’m sane
It can’t be no optical illusion
How can you explain
Shadows in the rain

And if you see us on the corner
We’re just dancing in the rain
I tell my friends there when I see them
Outside my  window pane
Shadows in the rain.