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Emancipation of Consciousness and Buddhist's Philosophy
in Steven B. Smith's Poetry
by Manoranjan Das  -  April 1, 2003

Steven B. Smith, bearing the consonance with the doctrines of path, externalizes the form of continuity of any identical substance but not the motivation of stream of unbroken successive states of five kinds where the emancipation of consciousness and Buddhist's philosophy are pointed for survival. He, underlying the religious sentiment of every part, as a whole, claims to have been the time experienced by the free state of mind which followed upon omniscience and sense of peacefulness of the entire being, is the central point of interest, so far as the purely spiritual aspect of Buddhavacana; that is concerned.

In general, he determines to say that the truth is gained immortal, following the pure heart of acts through the escalating schemes of living seed where the reality is under the rhythm of easy hurries to sought about. Thus, he writes,

     "What good this dusty truth I hold in hand
     To gain immoral ground in other's land?

     What use the pure of heart when acts of need
     In escalating schemes the living seed?

     These truths change naught they scurry so
     While new lies easily sought hurry low." 1

Steven B. Smith ultimately strengthens, emancipation of freedom being inwardly a feeling in its character, and a state of consciousness itself, there necessarily arises a psychological or physical aspect without appreciating which the religious or spiritual aspect can not be realised; and, when vimutti* is considered as the ultimate concept of categories of thought, there arises an aspect which is epistemological.

He, however, clears, the eternal metaphysics is ritually systematic for perfect theories of conduct with the God. Thus, we may add,

"…Gautama who became disgusted with the external metaphysical discussions of his day, and the cumbrous rituals and more especially with the caste system. Some people say that we are born to a certain state, and therefore we are superior to others who are not thus born. He was against this as also against the tremendous priest craft. He preached a religion in which there was no motive power, and was perfectly agnostic about metaphysics or theories about God, and he answered he did not know. When asked about right conduct, he would reply-Do good and be good…" 2

He accepts the idea of Buddha that the vimutti is viewed as a thing or element in itself, the aspect of interest is ontological; and, when vimutti in this aspect is considered from the point of view of the continuity of the individual bisqueness, the aspect of material is eschatological…He accepts further, following the rhythm of jism like vimutti, for the wisdom through the truth where the viewpoints of life are gained, bearing the soul's concrete conception of identity as well as the purification Brahma. He has the adequate emphasis of finite conditions of consciousness where the concerning whims of love are not erased at all. Thus, he writes,

     "Themes rhyming jism to rhythm within
     All going nowhere in wisdom or whim.

     If truth to be told takes who, how, and when
     Why the eraser at truth's other end?

     Why all the viewpoints and let's make amends
     When no truth's all truth and all truth's a sin?

     For all gains no less all gain as well
     (a story told truly too often to sell)." 3

Referable speaking, Steven B. Smith is accepting the theme of Buddha, i.e., 'I have reached the element of things which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, not within the access of mere logic, subtle, and to the experienced only by the wise, each for himself." 4

Steven B. Smith's idea on Buddhism in relation to emancipation consciousness, life and poetry, has the summation of mind and body, which is necessary object senses and knowledge of our organic range where the freeness of soul are followed about. Thus, we may add,

     "The almighty sent a warrant:
     'You will be ready, by summing up
     Your egos, mind and body…
     And all of your haphazard will do round up…'

     'The wave knows, necessity bounds objects
     As objects of knowledge,
     The relative senses subjected
     An extra-organic over at a range…'

     But the warrant again follows: 'You are to be free…
     Nothing will have with you…You take care…"5

Over all, Steven B. Smith's poetry follows the purification of life's bisqueness where the steps of moments, emancipation of consciousness and Buddhists' philosophy are subjectified in relation to the objects of the world's surroundings.

*note - vimutti = release, objective detachment, freedom, emancipation, liberation


1. Steven B. Smith - 'The Bisque Buddha'
2. Swami Vivekananda - 'Selections from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda'; Advaitya Ashrama; 5, Dehi Entally Road, Kolkata-700014; July, 2002; India; P-361;
3. As No. 1
4. Sanat Kumar Roy Chowdhuri - 'Studies in Freedom'; Pub. The University of Burdwan; WB, India; 1969; P-49;
5. Manoranjan Das - 'The Two Days' Deed'.

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