This is a morning prayer
so old, it was translated from Sanskrit
Look to this day, for it is life
The very breath of life
In its brief course lie all the realities of your existence
Yesterday is only a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
Makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope
Look well therefore
To this day.
I have always felt a sense of awe at the age of the Indian civilization. For example, the Harappans lived in planned cities with running fresh water and sewage systems over 5,000 years ago. The wisdom of their beliefs is also profound. Many, myself included, respect Indian spiritual philosophies (some to a greater, and some to a lesser extent).
This poem has stayed in my head since I learned it in high school 30 years ago, and I refer to it often and tell it to others. Its simple logic and inspiration help give me the energy to keep going. The best thing about it is that it is the absolute truth.
points out that the harappan civilization and the sanskrit civilization were completely separate. The origin of the harappans is not known for certain, but that he doesn't believe anyone thinks that they are connected with the Vedic
culture. My point is that I wasn't trying to connect them, I was only commenting on the depth of the Indian experience in toto. Multiple civilizations over thousands of years is pretty deep.