As an Indian, this is as goose-bumpy as it gets – Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan rendered by artistes from across a world. A respectful tribute and an acknowledgement of his greatness. Continue reading →
When the city of seven gates*
Ascends the seven storeys^
Hears the primordial Sound# resonate
Far beyond the seven second echo of the temple bell
And sees the seven colours merge into The One
It is the seventh heaven
* The Bhagvad Gita refers to the human body as the City with 9 Gates – openings for the 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, the genitals and the anus. I have used this as seven, with the thought that we use principally the senses located in the head to experience.
^ The seven chakras
# Referring to Om. It is said that temple bells form the A-U-M sound when they are rung and they are meant to resonate for 7 seconds.
Inspired by yet another visit to Rishikesh, this time climbing uphill and up several flights of stairs to a multi-tiered temple overlooking the town. This is piece no. 3/5
Here are the previous two:
There’s a certain stillness in the air,
there’s a certain calmness in the heart.
Grateful to God to be here again.
Pretty petals all in a row, Continue reading →
It’s India’s 67th Republic Day. And as we move forward and take our place in the sun, here’s what I wish for. It’s by eminent poet & Nobel Laureate and the only man who’s composed the national anthems of two countries (India & Bangladesh) – Rabindranath Tagore, and is a masterful, inspirational piece of poetry. I’m sure most Indians on this forum will be familiar with it!
Enjoy the read!
Get up, stand up, carry on the fight
Don’t you dare call it a night
Don’t you lose focus, don’t lose sight
You can’t quit, it ain’t over and out
There’s always but always another bout
So get up again and shed that doubt
There’s a crown to win, don’t lose hope
Put up your guard, rebound off the ropes Continue reading →
Unannounced but welcome.
Surfacing from labyrinthine subterranean receptacles,
From a tortured trickle, eking out a word at a time, Continue reading →