Neo-Hellene Poets, an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

Poem by Yannis Ritsos

ΠΑΡΑΔΟΧΗ

Νικημένος απ’ το γαλάζιο

με το κεφάλι ακουμπισμένο στα γόνατα της σιωπής

πεθαμένος από ζωή

πεθαμένος από νιότη

βουλιαγμένος κάτου απ’ τη φωτιά του

και το φύκι σαλεύοντας στη μασκάλη του—

Το κύμα της μέρας δεν έβρισκε αντίσταση

μήτε σ’ ένα χαλίκι της σκέψης του.

Είταν έτοιμος πια για τον έρωτα

και για το θάνατο.

ACCEPTANCE

Defeated by the light-blue

with his head leaning on the knees of silence

dead tired of life

dead tired of youth

sunken inside his fire

and the seaweed stirring in his armpit –

The wave of day didn’t find resistance

not even on a pebble of his thought.

Finally, he was ready for love

and for death.

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Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized

TEXT 31

sva-dharmam api caveksya
na vikampitum arhasi
dharmyad dhi yuddhac chreyo ‘nyat
ksatriyasya na vidyate

Chapter 2 Verse 31

TRANSLATION

Considering your specific duty as a ksatriya, you should know that there is no better engagement for you than fighting on religious principles; and so there is no need for hesitation.

PURPORT

Out of the four orders of social administration, the second order, for the matter of good administration, is calledksatriya. Ksatmeans hurt. One who gives protection from harm is calledksatriya (trayate—to give protection). Theksatriyasare trained for killing in the forest. Aksatriyawould go into the forest and challenge a tiger face to face and fight with the tiger with his sword. When the tiger was killed, it would be offered the royal order of cremation. This system is being followed even up to the…

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