Treasure Island

chandra thiagarajan


Lofty Ascetics


The austere conduct of Ascetics stand tall
When they abandon worldly desires all.

The loftiness of those who have curbed all desires
Is akin to counting the number of people dead.

Beyond all others the Ascetic shines
Because the common place world he truly opines.

To one who has his five senses subdued
Lord Indra* himself is lured.

Great men overpower their desires
The small men fall in the worldly mires.

The great have the world within their spell
To interpret about sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

The Ascetics negotiate with words cryptic
By which they convey with codes mystique.

The wrath of an insulted Ascetic, who is atop a hill
Cannot be borne and endured to still.

The Ascetic towards all has pools of compassion
And thus fulfills in this world his mission.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Inspired by the 3rd Chapter of 'Thirukkural'. It is the master-piece of Tamil literature.It expounds various aspects of Life, in classic rhyming couplets.
It was authored by the Saint-Poet-'Thiruvalluvar' who lived 30 years before Christ.
*Lord Indra is considered as the King of Heaven in Hindu philosophy.

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  • David Wood (4/26/2013 8:07:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem. We all share this world and have to live in peace and harmony. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (4/26/2013 5:32:00 AM)

    There's a place in the world for all kinds of people who are trying to live good lives. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/25/2013 4:54:00 PM)

    A beautiful yet difficult philosophy to master.
    We tend to act on our desires without thought of consequence.
    All actions have reactions. Let us choose well.
    Perfectly expressed thoughts and beliefs in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (4/25/2013 1:10:00 AM)

    abandoning the worldly desires, getting free from the wordly mires, surely must be bringing in mental peace by falling at the feet of lord n attaining moksha. a very nice poem Chandra Mam! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (4/24/2013 8:29:00 PM)

    Great write! A person can take renunciation from the earthly world, if he/she feels to. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (4/24/2013 1:17:00 AM)

    Ones who have mastered desire ny denial.
    I for one hve tried the devotion of nothingness.
    I agree with the philosophy you can have noting untill you loose everything.
    Only way to lose inner dependence and fears.
    But once you have nothing you cannot stay in limbo.
    A blue sky is beautiful but it takes rain to survive.
    And denial of the body creates destruction not purification.
    One must eat and taste insues
    One must see the path , the path has no eyes
    And the touch of perfection can only be done by fingertips.
    There is a calling so we must hear it's voice
    And the smell of freedom drives us on (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/23/2013 11:12:00 PM)

    Great men overpower their desires
    The small men fall in the worldly mires

    Great lines in a great poem! ! Enjoyed much! ! (Report) Reply

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