JOB AND ANATTA
Did Job love God for nothing? He did; God knew so well.
Though tried hard, Job would not give in to temptations, or blame others;
But he would keep hanging on to God even in moments of despair.
For he knew he and his possessions were gifts of God;
He did not conceive himself apart from God the Source.
And thus went praying, “Naked I came; naked I go!”
Did God prove Satan wrong at all? He did; Satan was silenced.
While on trials, no cursing of God, no blaming of God, on Job’s lips;
But only a hesitant raising of a hand to God asking ‘why?’
For he was aware neither he nor God had wronged the other;
He saw no match between his kamma and his losses.
And thus continued testifying, “God is right; God is gracious!”
Must all love God for nothing? Yea; This, God expects of us all.
Sincerely one may ask, “How could I truly love God for nothing at all?”
As both Jesus and Gautama affirm atta by abnegating atta,
So I also must seek to abide by their words of wisdom,
Accepting that I am anatta apart from God the Self,
And thus keep loving, “Anatta I was; Divine I become!”
Annata = no-self/non-self
Kamma = deeds
Atta = self/soul