Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 13.5.
Chapter 13 : Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy -5.
Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.
The epics and the Puranas, the great heroic poems, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and the Puranas, or for that matter, Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, whatever be the name that we give to these epic approaches, all these are enrapturing, poetic exclamations of moments of rapture, when there was a flash of insight from the bottom of the soul of the poet concerned.
These are the poems which we call the epics, and this is why we are moved when we read them.
Our hair stands on end, our emotions begin to be in a state of turmoil and we begin to tremble and shake, and we are forced to assume the role of the personalities portrayed in the epics.
We begin to move with those specimens of individuality which the epic poems describe. That is the power of the poet.
The greater is the force of poetry, the more also we feel impelled to move with the individualities described therein, and we become those individuals for the time being.
We laugh and weep, we feel happy and we are sunk in grief, as we move with the heroes and the heroines of these majestic epics.
To be continued ...