Hidden Wonders


              A spiral veiled by Milky Way
              has been brought to light of day
              in the image Hubble revealed
              of a galaxy concealed.

              Its brilliant core aquamarine
              brightly glitters midst the scene
              with backdrop of velvety red
              cloud formations round it spread.

              ‘Twas hid beyond the astral glitz
              plus cosmic dust, for it sits
              near the equator of our home
              galactic, where skyey dome

              above us beings here on earth
              witnesses the death and birth
              of fleeting mortal lives that pass
              neath the heavens’ looking glass

              in dream of floating bubble world
              while by time’s illusion hurled
              with stellar pace through outer space
              wearing ever-changing face.

              Are the wanderings of the stars
              echoed in our own memoirs
              of this temporal excursion
              with its toil and diversion?

              Such musings metaphorical
              sites phantasmagorical
              that lie in heights beyond the blue
              awaken in us anew…

              Celestial visions prompt our eyes
              to peruse the distant skies,
              and yet unfathomed wonders dwell
              hidden in ourselves as well.

              For enlightenment’s inherent,
              though not plainly apparent.
              The gateway to our being freed
              from stupidity and greed

              is to recite the single phrase,
              through life’s glad or saddened days
              to final breath, where’er we go,
              of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

              ~ Harley White


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Inspiration for poem from article and image ~ Hubble’s Hidden Galaxy...

Further information with video and image ~ ‘Hidden’ Spiral Galaxy Sparkles in Breathtaking Hubble Photo...

In addition, inspiration derived from the teachings and writings of Nichiren Daishōnin…

Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō means to devote our lives to and found them on (Nam[u]) the Utterness of the Dharma (Myōhō) [entirety of existence, enlightenment and unenlightenment] permeated by the underlying white lotus flower-like mechanism of the interdependence of cause, concomitancy and effect (Renge) in its whereabouts of the ten [psychological] realms of dharmas [which is every possible psychological wavelength] (Kyō).

The reason that we continually recite Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō

IC 342 is beautifully captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The spiral galaxy is a mere 10 million light-years from Earth. European Space Agency officials said in a statement, ‘To capture an image like this one, the Hubble Space Telescope has to peer through the space dust, the glow of cosmic gas and the brightly lit stars that sit inside the Milky Way and ultimately obstruct the view of IC 342.’

Hubble’s Hidden Galaxy

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

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