Ah it's the Kerala New year Vishu today. Enjoyed my first hours with some good family food time on a Banana leaf and in return I cleaned the kitchen utensils for mom. And as Vishukkani which means "the first to be seen", I give you these poems by Vivekananda.

When I Asked God for Strength
God gave Me Difficult Situations to Face

When I Asked God for Brain and Brown
God gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve

When I Asked God for Happiness
God showed Me Some Unhappy People

When I Asked God for Wealth
God showed Me How to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Favors
God showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Peace
God showed Me How to Help Others

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
God gave Me Everything I Needed

- Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda ready to rock the Parliament 
a century ago 
and I am still blogging on it

The Living God

God who is in you and outside you,

Who works through all hands,
Who walks on all feet,
Whose body are all ye,
Him worship, and break all other idols!

He who is at once the high and low,
The sinner and the saint,
Both God and worm,
Him worship — 

visible, knowable, real, omnipresent,
Break all other idols!

In whom is neither past life
Nor future birth nor death,
In whom we always have been
And always shall be one,
Him worship. Break all other idols!

Ye fools! who neglect the living God,
And His infinite reflections with which the world is full.

While ye run after imaginary shadows,
That lead alone to fights and quarrels,
Him worship, the only visible!
Break all other idols!

These poems by Vivekananda are beautiful indeed, but they could have been even more beautiful. Maybe you could make them more beautiful, what do you say! So are YOU ready to break the idols!

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