Poem of the Sun and Earth

Poem of the Sun and the Earth
‘Have you heard about the poem of the sun and the

earth?’ Sati asked Shiva.

‘No,’ said Shiva with a seductive grin, corning a little

closer to her. ‘But I’d love to hear it’

‘Apparently the earth sometimes thinks of the possibility

of coming closer to the sun,’ said Sati. ‘But she can’t do

that. She is so base and his brilliance so searing, that she

will cause destruction if she draws him closer.’


‘I disagree,’ said Shiva. ‘I think the sun burns only as long

as the earth is close to him. If the earth wasn’t there, there

would be no reason for the sun to exist.’

‘The sun doesn’t exist just for the earth. It exists for every

single planet in the solar system.’

‘Isn’t it really the sun’s choice for whom he chooses to


‘No,’ said Sati, looking at Shiva, melancholic. ‘The

moment he became the sun, his calling became higher. He

does not exist for himself. He exists for the greater good of

everyone. His luminosity is the lifeblood of the solar system.

And if the earth has any sense of responsibility, she will not

do anything to destroy this balance.’

‘So what should the sun do?’ asked Shiva, his hurt and

anger showing on his face. ‘Just waste his entire life

burning away? Looking at the earth from a distance?’

‘The earth isn’t going away anywhere. The sun and the

earth can still share a warm friendship.’

From the Immortals of Meluha


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