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Explain Buddhist Poems... Please??? (text included)?


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I need help understanding these three Buddhist poems... written by nuns
1. So free am I, so gloriously free,
Free from three petty things-
From motar, from pestle and from my twisted lord, Freed from rebirth and death I am,
And all that has held me down
Is hurled away,
"O Ubbiri, who wails in the wood
'O Jiva! Dear daughter!'
Return to your senses, in this charnel field
Innumerable daughters, once as full of life as Jiva,
The hidden arrow in my heart plucked out,
The dart lodged there,removedd.
The anguish of my loss,
The grief that left me faint all gone,
The yearning stilled
to the Buddha, The Dhamma {Moral Law}. and the Sangha Community of the BUddhists}
I turn my heart now healed.
A woman well set free! How free I am,
How wonderfully free, from kitchen drudgery.
Free from the harsh grip of hunger,
And from empty cooking pots,
Free too of that unscrupulous man,
The weaver of sunshades.
Calm now, and serene I am,
All lust and hatred purged.
To the shade of the spreading trees I go
And contemplate my happiness.
Though I am weak and tired now,
And my youthful step long gone,
Leaning on this staff,
I climb the mountain peak.
My cloak cast off, my bowl overturned,
I sit here on this rock.
And over my spirit blows
The breath
Of liberty I've won, I've won the triple gems.
The Buddha's way is mine.
How do they relate to Indian Gender Culture?
In the First Poem by Mutta what is mortar, pestle and "my twisted lord"?

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I think what the author of this poem is trying to express to the reader is......."Pay your bills, Sir!"

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There isn't enough space here to explain principals which ought to be learned by independent investigation of the content. They must be experienced in order for proper understanding to be reached as all people are not on the same level of understanding.
Ponder this on the tree of growth.

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the first poem must mean that the woman has escaped a terrible life cooking in the kitchen and being bullied by her husband and now she is free to think and learn. I think that mortar and pestle refer to having to cook for her husband and the 'twisted lord' was the husband who was cruel to her.
the second poem sounds like it means that the woman is sad about other women being hurt or killed but now she is free and safe as a nun
the last poem is written by an older person who is now free to think about her religion in peace
well all of these women are now freed of the burden of being chattels and beasts of burden for men because they have turned to a religion