When you read the title of this poem

You may start thinking about your profession!

But, then, that’s not my purport in penning down these verses!

It’s just to ‘get you ready’ to start ‘thinking’!

Thinking, of course, about alternate answers to this query

And, you will be surprised to find that

As soon as the question lodges itself firmly within

An answer comes up, an answer in one or many lifetimes!

And what comes up goes as follows

What are you? What are you?

“You are”, you’ll tell me what you think of yourself at that time!

And, to look more deeply into this

Let’s list down all that You are not!

You are not what others think of you!

You are not what you think of yourself!

You are not what you had been earlier!

You are not what you’ll be tomorrow!

You are what you think of others!

You are what you talk about others!

You are what you see in others!

You are what you hear about others and believe so!

You are what you are, as Nature has designed you to be

And Nature wills you to be innocent and blissful!

She tutors you to have respect for all life-species

And so also does she teach you to accept

Yes, to accept this life as a whole package of good and bad!

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are relative terms

That you intend to change your opinion about

As it depends on what you like and what you don’t like

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are two sides of the same coin!

So, you can’t have the head alone, or, the tail alone, to possess the coin!

So, you may meditate, pray, sing, dance, celebrate!

And slowly you’ll be liberated!

Yes, liberated from the chains you’ve put around yourself!

Then, You are what you see in others!

And You are what You hear about others!

So also are You what You believe in!

You’re in the Present! You’re as God has meant you to be!

For, then, you don’t see in others only what you want to see!

You don’t hear about others only what you want to hear!

You become aware of the Big Mind – the shift from the small ‘i’ to the capital ‘I’

That sees, hears, listens, acts, without judgement!

When the ‘Sun’ of the ‘Big Mind’

Rises on the ‘horizon’ of the Individual Consciousness

The unreal silhouettes of the ‘night’ vanish’

How can darkness not disappear when the ‘light’ glows?

If, at, all, the darkness is there in any nook

It is just there, but only for a while

As the Light will slowly but surely swallow it

The ‘Light’ is not a ‘candle’ to burn out; but burns for ever and ever!

In such a state of consciousness

The Seeker sees that good is good; so also; bad is good

‘Good’ leads to ‘good’; ‘bad’ also leads to ‘good’

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are just concepts then, just shadows, just unreal ghosts!

For, the Big Mind, as a Drishta or observer

The Big Mind as the Knower or the Knowledge

Is in ‘Sachidananda’ state!

The Self is the water-body or Ocean

And the experiences are ripples

That just come up and disappear

Pure in Mind, Pure in body

Purity is what You are!


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