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The Love of Centuries
The Love of Centuries
Format / Hardcover
Pages / 192
Dimensions / 21 x 21 cm
ISBN / 978-986-6895-46-3
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Poems Appreciation:

Supreme Master Ching Hai's exquisite new poetry collection, titled “The Love of Centuries,” is available in the English and Aulacese now. A warm and elegantly romantic volume of 46 verses express the poet’s vast heart that encompasses youthful nostalgia for the homeland, her love for all beings as well as the special ones in her life, and the Divine love of an enlightened Master for all God's precious Creation. Among the newly featured/published poems are Supreme Master Ching Hai's “Please Wake Up!” and “Please Don't!” her spontaneous soul-comforting lullaby, “Good Nite Baby,” and first-ever revealed heartfelt odes to the sun, the moon, and the stars.

We are deeply grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for allowing this precious new poetry collection to be shared with readers around the world. Through these deeply resonating verses of universal love, may hearts be moved and souls elevated.

Preface

With a spirit of oneness and eternal light of Truth, Supreme Master Ching Hai deeply feels sorrow for the suffering people in our world, as Her heart merges with each vicissitude of this illusory human life.

In such an ephemeral sphere, life is at times like silent footsteps and forlorn as a boat on the high sea, longing for a return to shore to find the loving home of yore. Yet the beloved is forever like the silhouette of a bird that has flown far away from Eden. What remains is an inconsolable yearning:

“Last night, I dreamt
Of restful sheets and pillows
As fragrant sandalwood wafting through the air
Heartfelt was the time
When we were still together
When our love was still forever.”

(Dream in the Night)

The Love of Centuries is a poetry collection featuring 46 exquisite poems composed by Supreme Master Ching Hai. It conveys love, reminiscence, and the resonance of a soul sympathetic with human lives and the fates of all humble, fragile co-inhabitants. With abounding changes in life, whether lofty or worldly, no one can escape from the transmigratory wheel of birth and death. In this uncertain river of life, Supreme Master Ching Hai feels a deep concern for humans’ plight. Thus, Her verses are imbued with anguish and compassion:

“Tears dried up and I’m wordless
Weeping in sympathy for the tormented!”

(Please Wake Up!)

Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry harmoniously weaves words and emotions, spirituality and everyday life. Her poetic expression is gentle, profound, and flowing like the moonlight shining on each soul’s hidden corners. At times Her verse is like a lonely boat carrying wishes of love across the river of misery to the shore of happiness, at times it is pure like the summer rain, refreshing our spirits in all the paths of this fleeting world. The Poet earnestly prays for humanity to soon awaken to the True Self, to the benevolent and noble lifestyle, and to face the reality and henceforth transform our planet into Heaven on Earth, where humans and all co-inhabitants can live in peace and harmony:

“O brother, wake up at once
Proudly walk on great seas and rivers
Look straight at the flaming sun
And vow sacrifice to save all beings.”

(Please Wake Up!)

We invite poetry lovers to enjoy the verses in The Love of Centuries and to experience an unwavering love and a realm of enlightenment so a longing “to reunite with the beloved” in the heart of the one away from Home shall endure evermore.

We are grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for gifting our world an everlasting source of love and hope through Her magnificent poetic verses:

“To the luminous land of bliss, we shall return
Heavenly winds echoing ubiquitous ocean sounds.”

(When Shall We Meet Again?)

 

Contents
Part 1 - Youth and Love for The Homeland
01. My Home *
02. Nostalgic Summer *
03. On a Day *
04. And One Day *
Part 2 - Love for All Beings
05. A Puppy's Heart *
06. Words of a Hen *
07. Words of a Piglet *
08. Imagine It's You!
Part 3 - Love That Transcends Space And Time
09. The Love of Centuries *
10. Dream in the Night *
11. Shade of Time *
12. An Ancient Love *
13. The King of My Heart *
14. To the Love of My Lives
15. To Prince
16. Congratulatory Note to Prince
17. London
18. Old Lover
19. The Fragrant Path
20. You and the Kingdom
21. Condolence Note
Part 4 - For Someone Special
22. The Golden Lotu s*
23. Sayonara *
24. Spontaneously Written for Hoàng Cầm *
25. To Thu Hố *
26. For Lê Uyên Phương *
27. For Thài Hng *
28. To Phạm Duy *
29. The Quiet Hero
Part 5 - Divine Love
30. Please Wake Up! *
31. Please Don't! *
32. A Word with the Buddha Stone-Statue *
33. Talking to a Stone Buddha
34. It Is Not So, My Love *
35. Let's Love *
36. The Ideal Beloved *
37. When You Said You Love Me
38. Bird of Paradise
39. Song 4 the Sun
40. Moon of Mine
41. Precious Stars
42. I Am
43. Praised Be the Providence
44. God Loves You So!
45. Good Nite Baby
46. When Shall We Meet Again? *
* Originally in Aulacese (Vietnamese)

List of Performed Poems

A number of poems in the The Love of Centuries anthology have been composed into music by gifted musicians, and broadcast on A Journey through Aesthetic Realms program on Supreme Master Television. Please refer to the following links to enjoy the poems and songs performed by Supreme Master Ching Hai and well-known Aulacese artists:

PLEASE WAKE UP! (HÃY BừNG TỉNH!):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=129&page=1#v
PLEASE DON’T! (HÃY DừNG LạI!):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=129&page=1#v
TO THU Hồ (Về THU Hồ ):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=51&page=6#v
MY HOME (NHÀ TÔI):
http://suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=138&page=1#v
FOR LÊ UYÊN PHƯƠNG (GởI LÊ UYÊN PHƯƠNG ):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=106&page=3#v
IT IS NOT SO, MY LOVE (KHÔNG ĐÂU EM):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=141&page=1#v
FOR THÁI HằNG (GởI THÁI HằNG ):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=113&page=3#v
TO PHạM DUY (CHO PHạM DUY):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=113&page=3#v
DREAM IN THE NIGHT (MƠ ĐÊM):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=72&page=5#v
SHADE OF TIME (KHUấT NẻO THờI GIAN):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=59&page=6#v
WORDS OF A PIGLET ( LờI LợN CON):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=131&page=1#v
WORDS OF A HEN (LờI GÀ MÁI):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?page=7
A PUPPY’S HEART ( LờI CHÚ VệN):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=45&page=6#v
SAYONARA:
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=120&page=2#v
THE GOLDEN LOTUS ( ĐÓA SEN VÀNG):
http://www.suprememastertv.tv/mp/?wr_id=120&page=2#v

Poetry Appreciation