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WHAT ARE YOU?

AMRITHDHAARA

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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…

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THE TORTOISE

AMRITHDHAARA

 

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I watched in fascination

As the tortoise crawled slowly along

And, as I watched, it suddenly drew itself into its shell!

I stood rooted to the spot, wondering at its unprecedented action!

And, as I looked around for a reason

I found its predator slithering away into the bushes

The tortoise could have smelt danger

And withdrawn into its shell, in self-defence!

This spectacle struck a chord in my mind

And, I mused over an analogous situation in human life

When the seeker on the path senses the danger

Yes! the dangers that may thwart his progress!

Dangers of ego, doubt, desire,anger, lust  and greed  

Such negativity as paves the way for confusion and non-clarity of mind

Such dangers as will not only impede his progress

But also goad him to regress his steps !

But, the seeker, awakened in Spirit

Observes this phenomenon, and, withdraws into…

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WHAT AM I? WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?

AMRITHDHAARA

What is it that makes me ask these questions again and again?
Why is it that every time, I come up with new answers to them?
And how is it that still these questions persist in me?
When is it that I will get the ultimate answer to these questions?
Where is it that these questions come from?
And who is it that is asking these questions , again, and again, and again?

In me are thoughts, feelings, emotions and desires
In me are likes and dislikes, expectations and disappointments
In me are ego , hatred, fear,jealousy, anger , lust and greed
In me are love, peace, bliss, contentment and wisdom

In me are Jesus,Krishna, Allah , and the Gurus
In me are Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Sky
In me are every man, animal, bird, fish and insect
In me are mountains, valleys, waterfalls and deserts

In me are…

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AS ARE THE APPETITES, SO ARE THE FOODS, BE IT FOR THE STOMACH, OR, BE IT FOR THE SOUL

AMRITHDHAARA

polytheism--1      monotheism

I remember an incident in my younger days when I used to be skeptic and question some beliefs and their practices done by the elders in the family.
One such was when we were moving to our newly-rented house and each had to give a hand in setting up the house. I was giving my mother a hand in doing up the prayer room. She gave me about twelve photographs of different Gods and told me to hang them on the wall. My immediate response to it was a question I put up to her. “ Mom, why do you have God in so many forms? Don’t you get confused?” She just looked at me, may be, a little perplexed at this reaction of mine, but, then, smiled at me and told me that she would tell me about it before retiring to bed. She kept her promise and…

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HUMOURING MYSELF (A ‘SELF’-CARICATURE)

AMRITHDHAARA

O Lord ! What a masterpiece you have made of this image of yours!
An original cartoon made by the greatest of cartoonists ever heard of!
If I had the eyes of a cartoonist and the talent to sketch it out
I would make a caricature of myself as would do justice to Your Masterpiece that I am!

I would draw a face as round as the Full Moon, no doubt
But with greater width of the forehead
One and a half times as wide as a person’s palm
Wide enough for a small tea cup and a saucer to rest on it!

My ears are neither pulled backwards
As if inert and disinterested to hear anything
Nor are they drawn out like those of an elephant
And looking like a sieve used to clean paddy , in villages

But they are half-cocked up and look eager
Yes! They appear…

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A SELFIE

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I am not my name
I am not my body
I am not this little mind
I am not the Senses

I am not joy ; I am not sorrow
I am not pleasure ;I am not pain
I am not Faith ;I am not doubt
I am not love;  I am not hate

I am not beauty ;I am not ugliness
I am not courage ;I am not fear
I am not greed ;I am not jealousy
I am not desire ; I am not desirelessness

I am not wealth  ;I am not destitution
I am not arrogance  ; I am not humility
I am not the feelings ; I am not the emotions
I am not wisdom  ; I am not foolishness

I am not Light ;  I am not darkness
I am not creation ;I am not destruction
I am not strength  ;I am not weakness
I am not virtue ; I am not vice

I am not success ; I am not failure
I am not verbosity  ;I am not silence
I am not the thoughts ;I am not thoughtlessness
I am not hope ;  I am not despair

I am not the ego  ;I am not humility
I am not wisdom  ;I am not foolishness
I am not the lover ;I am not the Beloved
I am not kindness; I am not cruelty

I am not the beginning  ;I am not the end
I am not the forms ; I am not the Formless
I am not space I; am not time
I am not master I am not servant

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All these are in me but I am not these
They rise in me
And subside in me like waves in the ocean
They can’t exist without me

I  am THAT which has no beginning ; so also no end
So also am I THAT which  neither unites nor divides
For I am THAT which is beyond life and death
And  also THAT  which is beyond beginning and end; beyond Space and Time

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SELF-COUNSELLING

Demand not  ; Be prayerful

Complain not ;  Be grateful

Fear not ;  Be careful

Betray not;  Be faithful

Despair not ; Be hopeful

Cry not; Be joyful

Brood not ; Be mirthful

Flatter not ; Be truthful

Blurt not ; Be tactful

Punish not ; Be merciful

Gullible be not   – of being  exploited ; Be mindful!

Remember not all that gives you pain… of past hurts; Be forgetful!

Hold not any grudge or thoughts of revenge against any; Be Forgiving and Compassion-full!

Hate not for hate begets hate   and restlessness ;so Be loving and peaceful

Give up not your love for life ; ; Always be zestful

Doubt not ever of the Divine Justice,come what may in life ; Be FAITH-FULL

Think not to change for others; you deserve to change for yourself, for, YOU’RE UNIQUE & WONDERFUL!

Doubt not ; Be trust-full

WHAT ARE YOU?

what-are-you

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!

WHAT AM I? WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?

What is it that makes me ask these questions again and again?
Why is it that every time, I come up with new answers to them?
And how is it that still these questions persist in me?
When is it that I will get the ultimate answer to these questions?
Where is it that these questions come from?
And who is it that is asking these questions , again, and again, and again?

In me are thoughts, feelings, emotions and desires
In me are likes and dislikes, expectations and disappointments
In me are ego , hatred, fear,jealousy, anger , lust and greed
In me are love, peace, bliss, contentment and wisdom

In me are Jesus,Krishna, Allah , and the Gurus
In me are Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Sky
In me are every man, animal, bird, fish and insect
In me are mountains, valleys, waterfalls and deserts

In me are trees, plants, creepers and saplings
In me are crops, seeds, flowers and fruits
In me are sound, silence, words , action and inaction
In me are body, mind, senses and intellect

In me are the Ocean , the pond,and, the lotus in the pond
In me are the good, evil, the pure and the impure
In me are all those who are the worshipped Names and Forms of God
So in me are those who worship the Formless alone and don’t believe in forms!

I wonder if there is anything I perceive in this world that is beyond me
For what I perceive is what I look at and how I look at it
The Truth is the prism, and each is a beholder
The light from the prism is refracted at different angles

So, depending on the angles, the colours are visible
So, is the case with me in my quest for Truth
This moment, what I experience is the Truth
The next moment something else will be

Truth is beyond time and space but still within it
For, a self-realized soul transcends time and space
But ordinary beings are time-bound and space-bound
Till such time as they find the answer to the questions as above!

My ultimate goal is to know the purpose of my life
And my quest seems to be endless – goes on, and on , and , on!
Isn’t it a linear process – this journey of man towards God ?
But, still, isn’t there a goal in every step?

He alone knows! He alone can answer my question!
May my questions wake Him up from His Slumber!
May He look down on me with a compassionate eye
And May He impart the ‘Gospel Truth’ – an answer to all my questions..all-in-one!

Lead Kindly Light!
And dispel the darkness ‘within’ and ‘without’
Lead me back into Your Kingdom
To merge with the Light and not to repeat the story of Adam and Eve!

Amen! Amen! Amen!