Thanks to all who replied to my query. Rick, special
thanks to you for digging out the exact reference. I
am not much familiar with Bible though I knew Eliot
was referring to it than to some Hindu scriptures.
But the movement of the poem (Ash Wednesday) has
something very familiar with the typical Upanishadic
movement. The constant repetition of words and
alliteration that I find in many of Eliot's works
remind me of the Vedic and Upanishadic chants. The
inspiration, as it occurs to me, in Ash Wednesday is
Upanishadic, though the material that makes it has
Christian origins. But even there, the 'word' has
again some significant Hindu references. All of that,
needless to say, makes the poem creative, not because
it is rich in its complexity, but because of its
poetic assimilation of certain greater truths of life
and creating new material out of it.
Rick, I saw your reference to the hymn of Creation
from Rig Veda. You might probably be interested in
looking at the Mandukya Upanishad too. The 'word' is
dealt in concrete terms in it(which is a significant
character of the Upanishads as compared to the Vedas
which is more symbolic and hence abstract).
--- "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Vishvesh Obla wrote:
> > I quoted Eliot's 'Ash Wednesday' elsewhere since
> > was Ash Wednesday last week and a friend of mine,
> > is a very spiritual person and well knowledged in
> > Indian spirituality, was struck by Eliot's
> emphasis on
> > the 'Word' from the stanza quoted later.
> This discussion of The Word might be helpful. It
> brings in Eliot's
> Ash Wednesday too.
> Here is something that I just threw together. It is
> another side-by-side
> page (actually stacked) that has sections of Ash
> Wednesday, Rig Veda and
> John. I suppose I could have put these short items
> on a single page though.
> I may have misnumbered Eliot's lines (my Collected
> Poems is underneath one
> of too many piles.)
> Rick Parker
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