An Ode to Gautam Buddha
POETRY FORMAT, 11 May 2020
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 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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