The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—
The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—
Emily Dickinson compares the brain’s ability to contain the universe: it’s wider than the sky, deeper than the sea, and is just the weight of God. She uses various images to compare the finite with the infinite.
This reminds me when Maharishi used to say, we go within the finite and transcend (TM) to locate the infinite. Infinity is in the finite. That’s why it’s infinite!
The Vedas also remind us of our cosmic status: Aham Atma, Vedoham, Aham Vishwa, Aham Brahm: I am Atma, the Self, I am Veda, the Ah of Atma, the first syllable of the Veda, the constitution of the universe, the Veda flowing, and it’s expression, Vishwa, the Universe, and then Brahm, Totality. Ultimately we are that Totality.
So the first syllable, sound of the Veda, contains the whole universe, as a seed the tree. I may be stretching things here but I do think Emily Dickinson is a truly cosmic, Vedic poet.
See a seven-haiku poem I wrote about the creation of the universe from that Vedic perspective: Coalescing Poetry: Creating a Uni-verse.
See Sufi poet Yunus Emre says Wisdom comes from Knowing Oneself — a Singularity that contains the Whole, with detailed Vedic explanation. Another amazing poem: What Turkish Sufi poet Yunus Emre realized — everything was found within his cosmic body, with Vedic relationships.