Friday, November 28, 2014

The Storm



The tranquility began to shake
The shadows began to loom
She tried to wipe it away
But the signs refused to go

A storm was brewing
Slowly but surely
Gaining momentum
And there was no escaping

Darkness descended squarely
Bewildered she tried to gather her wits
But the storm had arrived 
In its full ferocity

She felt herself being swept  away
As the storm lunged on
Her boat rocked violently
Her word was torn apart

She  prayed silently
Holding on to Hope
This could not be the end
She reminded her soul

Sunshine was around the corner
Miraculously the darkness ceased
Bit by bit she storm subsided
Confirming Hope


She had borne the fury
She had been lashed so
Like a phoenix she rose
Glorified she shone

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happiness



As long as i can remember
Happiness has been a goal
A desire for perfect moments
And a perfect life

Where will i find happiness?
In the innocent gaze of an infant?
In the rising sun at dawn?
In the swirling waves of the ocean?

How carefree you are Happiness
Here now and gone tomorrow
I wait patiently 
For your arrival again

I seek you Happiness
 To quench my thirst on a hot  summer day
In the nutty delights on a warm wintry day
In the crimson folds of the autumn leaves

I seek you Happiness
In the reunion of the family
In the score card of my kid
In the ultimate dream job

I seek you again
In the fragrance of a deep red rose
In the precious droplets of the  morning dew
In the bright yellow  Sunflower

I seek your permanence Happiness
And finally comprehend
Happiness is in the mind, body and soul
For Happiness lies within.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The OCEAN


O Mighty Ocean
I wondered about you
When as a young lass
I held sea shells in my hand

How pretty they looked
A gift from you
I played some more
Hoping to see you

And one fine day
I almost gasped
When in a flash
I saw you without warning

The never ceasing rythm
Of perpetual waves
Kissing the beach
Leaving a bevy of snails

I threw aside my slippers
And ran amok on the wet sands
You continued
To sing your song

How many worlds do you hide
In your gigantic bosom?
How many creatures
Call you home?

From the largest whales
To the terrifying Sharks
The graceful dolphins
To the tiniest plankton

I have often wondered
How old are you?
As long as man
Or more than he?

I have watched the sun set
On your brilliant horizon
Your waters turning 
An Autumn gold

You continue to thrive
Timeless joy of nature
And i continue to dance
At your golden feet


Dreams

As the night approaches
I prepare for slumber
Say a silent prayer
For a dream so dear

I toss and turn
Half awake
But like a defiant child
You dodge me

Should i forsake 
My precious dream?
Nay! never!
I hug my dream

I chase you each night
But you elude me so
Yet i know
You'll comeback as a lost love

I dream of goals
And precious victories
Working my way
Through countless forays

And finally
One day
I sigh no more
For my dreams have come true

Daughter




Nine months in the womb
You lodged a bond
I nourished you
And you kept me warm

Your birth was a celebration
A gift from God
Your toothless smile
Tugged at my heart

It was a joy to see you grow
Watching you crawl
Guiding your walk
Together we learnt it all

The excitement of your first birthday
The elaborate menu
The choicest cake
The room boasting of joy

I taught you the alphabets
Dressed you in fancy dresses
Recited you nursery rhymes
And guided your homework

And before i knew
You had graduated to college
Formed your own opinions
And chalked your destiny

Yet the beautiful bond remains
Even though you have left old shores
And every once in a while
Our roles are reversed

You have made me rich
You have made me proud
You are  the greatest gift
My sweetest doll.

Change





The dormant seed
Buried underneath
Revels in darkness
To emerge a sapling
Does it complain of change?
No! it embraces change!

The tender bud
snug and tight
Holding a dozen promises
blossoms into a flower
Does it complain of change?
No! it embraces change!

The setting sun
A brilliant orange ball
Gives way to the night
And the twinkling stars.
Does it complain of change?
No! it embraces change!

The soft catepillar
The encased pupa
Arises from  the cocoon
To a brilliant butterfly
Does it complain of change?
No! it embraces change!

The new moon
A solemn dark sphere
Patiently grows
To a full moon
Does it complain of chamge?
No! it embraces change!

Why pray do u shun change?
Change is the essence of life
Change is the soul of life
Change  is the law of life
Stop complaining
And become the change

Monday, November 17, 2014

हमें रास्तों की

A hauntingly beautiful bhajan which i learnt after attending the Happiness Program of Art of Living

The lyrics are so beautiful that i am sharing them here. The song is sung by Sachin Limaye.


तुम ही से ज्ञान का दीपक जला  है 
तुम ही से घनघोर अँधेरा मिटा है 
तुम जो नहीं गुरूजी 
कुछ भी नहीं है 
 हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के  
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

तुम ही हो शिव 
  और ब्रह्मा  का संगम 
सब कुछ तुम्हारा 
सब तुमको अर्पण 
अब तेरा मैं हूँ 
मुझ मैं ही तू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
 निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

छाये जो दिल मैं 
गम का अँधेरा 
तन्हाइयों ने जो मन को घेरा 
खिलता सवेरा लेकर 
तू रूबरू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 


कलियों मैं तू है 
बूंदों मैं तू है 
सागर की एक एक 
लहर मैं भी तू है 
कहीं भी मैं जाऊं 
बस तू ही तू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं 

जग जन  की सेवा 
यही मेरी पूजा  
तुम ही तुम हो  
कोई न दूजा 
तुम से है सब कुछ रोशन 
कण कण मैं तू है 
हमें रास्तों की 
ज़रुरत  नहीं है 
हमें तेरे  पैंरों के 
निशाँ  मिल गए हैं