Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The floodgates of joy have opened
And I am washed with hope and love.
Since all things mundane, being broken down,
Have been swept out for good,
There is room now for peace and acceptance.
The waves of bliss carry me away,
Madly, but gently
To the faraway land I had glimpsed
Many a time, through the tears of heart-break.
Letting go of those who were never mine,
I have moved on, for the floodgates of my life
Have opened and washed clean am I, at last.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The last walk across the beach they took
Before parting for a long, long time;
In the blue and white of moon and night,
Neither of them wanted to unclasp hands
But they had to, as time was running out.
A fleeting glance, that took in all
While moving on each one's way,
Remained etched in their hearts.
It was the nectar they would thrive on
Till they met again.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Today I complete 365 days of being a vegetarian. A very happy anniversary for me because it has been a life-altering decision in my case and good things have happened to me over the last one year. My health is much better and I no longer need to take vitamin pills. There is greater peace of mind and a better sense of acceptance in me. Other blessings have come along the way, too.
I have been laughed at for my choice but I have held on to living my life based on my convictions.
If we can live without shedding blood, why kill animals? How about living healthy and letting the helpless animals live? I personally think that killing and tearing are meant for wild animals, and not for human beings.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Looking out the window I see the downpour
Washing clean the trees and the grass;
Even the dogs are elated to feel water
After the scorching heat of days.
The soothing white sheet unfolds
As the clouds are free of their burden.
Life all around me is joyous
Because of the chance to rejuvenate,
I decide to let go of all that holds me down..
And surrender to the cleansing rain.
Cleaning my body and mind
I turn inwards to touch myself
And find the temple has already been cleansed
By the living God,
Who resides in me, Who resides in you,
And Who is there
In the burning sun and in the drops of rain.
"Tvamaeva sarvam, ma ma daeva daeva"
The little things of life all add up
To give the full experience
And we learn to build or to break,
Based on what we choose to have.
Small acts are not small at all
For they hurt us or they heal wounds.
A small word is often an act of love
Or a stab of pain.
A soft smile on the parting lips
Or a hand reaching out
When many just go by without a glance,
Often make us know life,
And, we dare live again.
If we are continually running away from the pain that life keeps on throwing at us, it depicts an unrealistic, escapist's attitude. The sorrow that we face needs to be acknowledged as much as joy needs to be accepted with gratitude. Each person, in order to stay 'emotionally sane', needs to do the balancing act between his reactions to grief and pleasure; otherwise, overcome by pain, he might lose all faith in himself, in humanity and in God. Or, expecting life to be always wonderful, he might become depressed to the extent of having suicidal thoughts.
Once the balance is reached, one tastes what I would call true joy. This happiness is not tied to the circumstances of life which we have to deal with. The true joy comes when we see beyond the mundane pleasures and gains on one hand and unfair hurts hurled at us. This peace come only when we learn to trust the grand universal plan unfolding every moment.
Doing the balancing act is easier said than done, I admit. However, should we at least not try to discover the 'kingdom of heaven' within us?