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!