T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land Wiki


Damyata: The boat responded

Gaily, to the hand expert with sail and oar

The sea was calm, your heart would have responded

Gaily, when invited, beating obedient

To controlling hands"

Submission to God's wills

 In this part, Gods interpreted “DA” as “Damyata”, which means “control”. Control here implies practicing to control your desire and submit to God’s wills. “The sea was calm, your heart would have responded” is the allusion of Coriolanus who was mentioned as above. He won many wars for Rome but later got banished. This is what he told his friends and family afterward "That common chances common men could bear; that when the sea was calm all boats alike show'd mastership in floating". In conclusion, the message is when everything is calm and in control, you should learn to solve problems and control the situation by yourself. Don’t be dependent and trust other people because they will betray you one day. Even though you are capable of controlling the situations but there is one God who is always above you and control you as well as the situation. Submission to God’s wills is the way that guides you to reach a controllable situation.