An Ode to Gautam Buddha

POETRY FORMAT, 11 May 2020

Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Yesterday, 6th May night
The moon was shining bright
No clouds or rain to spoil the sight

Suddenly the thought came to me
7th May is Poornima (fullmoon night)

With the full moon the world will celebrate Buddha Poornima

It was in BCE 623 that a human star was born in Lumbini now in Nepal :
A  child named Sidharth Gautam

A person who would bring Compassion, Bliss, Justice to the troubled world.

A person who would tell us not to grieve
But to believe
In justice
In kindness
In humanity, spiritualness

Such a person left his home and family.

To seek answers in his receptive mind
Why so much sorrow, why illness and death?

To think and to meditate
He sat down under a bodhi tree
Lo and behold he felt enlightenment
And felt a sense of glee

The man debated these issues with intensity
With pandits and seers of Benaras city
And arrived at truth and spirituality
And then became known as Gautam Buddha

He spread his message of NV, love, kindness
To answer issues of death, sorrow, illness
Life and death are intertwined
But we must not grieve
We must believe
In love compassion
And the ultimate Union
Of Atma with Paratma

Such was Lord Buddha who is revered by millions of people all over the world.

7 May 2020


Dr Ravi P Bhatia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an educationist, Gandhian scholar and peace researcher. Retired professor, Delhi University. His new book, A Garland of Ideas—Gandhian, Religious, Educational, Environmental was published recently in Delhi.

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One Response to “An Ode to Gautam Buddha”

  1. Dewakar says:

    Dear Dr. Bhatia, you’re such a versatile writer. You cover news, events in such simple but powerful words. This beautiful poetry is a refreshing piece. I wonder where do you come with such ideas!?!

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom – you are an inspiration.