Godliness, Strength and Grit

POETRY FORMAT, 15 Jun 2020

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

They said it was the Asian century
With economies booming
Democratic principles shining
Scholarship, education rising
We see these aspects arising

The century only a fifth gone
Many efforts still to be done
Several years still remain
The optimist will refrain
From disputing the current grain

The pessimist highlights the coming doom
When it will be darkness at noon

What about the ordinary citizen
The poor homeless migrant
Who has lost his status,
His livelihood in the COVID virus
S/He will not despair
They will stand up and share
Whatever little they have to spare
With the other homeless migrants
Who are their brotheren and sisteren

There are examples galore
Of their humanity and more
They pick the miserables from the street
Give them something to eat
They push them in their carts
Who thank them in their hearts
They ride their bicycles or walk
Covering long distances to their home
The families give hearty welcome
A newborn smiles to see her father home
As long as they are fit
And have strength and grit
They will not grieve
They will struggle but thrive
And show the world they are alive

Yes the Asian century belongs to these braves
And India’s Vedic thought adds to their strength

Where do these braves get their strength
In India along the breadth and its length
A spirit of God head or Parmātmā pervades

They say that they don’t love God
Rather it is God that loves them
Blesses them, soaks them
In a spirit of Divinity
Godliness and Unity

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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. ravipbhatia@gmail.com


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