By Herbert F. Vetter
My introduction tells a tale, beginning with this poem:
All the black evils in the world have overflowed their banks,
Yet, oarsmen, take your places with the blessing of sorrow in your souls!
Whom do you blame, brother?
The following are selections from Herbert F. Vetter’s collection of poems by Tagore, The Heart of God.
Prayers and Meditations from Gitanjali
By Rabindranath Tagore
You have made me endless, such is Your pleasure. This frail vessel You empty again and again and fill it ever with fresh life.…
by Herbert F. Vetter
© Herbert F. Vetter, 2000
My theological education at the University of Chicago included work with Charles Hartshorne, the notable exemplar of the process oriented philosophy known as panentheism (not pantheism), which is admirably described in the current Encyclopedia Britannica.…
Rick Stafford has been a part of the Harvard Scene as an employee. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1932. His parents were both professional oil painters. As a teenager he did odd jobs on Saturday mornings for Arthur Loveridge, the Curator of the reptile collection at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.…
You make a path, provide a guide
And feed a wilderness;
Your glorious name, while breath remains,
O that I may confess.
Lost many a time, I had no guide,
No house but a hollow tree.
In stormy winter night no fire,
No food, no company.…
O God, whose home is the universe and whose universe is also our home: we lift up grateful hearts that the human race dwells together in families and that members of our families dwell together in trust and love.…
SONG OF THE UNIVERSAL
Give me, O God, to sing;
Give me, give him or her I love this quenchless faith,
In your ensemble;
Whatever else witheld, withold not from us
Belief in plan of You enclosed in Time and Space,
Health, peace, salvation universal.…