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
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…
The reason that we continually recite Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō
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).
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.’
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
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