Remember, O Soul - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
Preparing when thou art to purge thy old,
Worn out tired vehicle on a life-long lease,
To merge with earth, unto air to unfold,
Relax O Soul, repair to end-less ease;
Time it is thine impostor1 self to leave,
Thou art body nor mind nor intellect;
How long can ye amid the unreal live?
Time ‘tis from thine creaky craft2 to eject;
Arise from death to rekindle thy aim,
O Spark from infinite luminous light!
Remember all ye did dark was when night,
No use now seeking grace for acts of shame;
Repent, regret, all acts of sin, or brood,
Let true remorse pour in from heart as should.
This sonnet is allegorical and is addressed to
the soul— the higher one— which is the spark of
the infinite light of God, and the lower one
which identifies itself with the body, mind,
and intellect, and is known as ego. The sonnet
begins the soul is when in a state of confusion
of a kind all our souls may experience at the
time of departing from the body. It takes its
theme from verse # 17 of Isha Upanishad:
1. The impostor: It alludes to the lower self,
which is ego. Not being the real self, it
is called the impostor.
2. The faulty craft: The self is the pilot and
the vehicle it uses is the body craft. Now
that this vehicle is too creaky, old and
diseased, it is time to change it.
- Sonnets | 27.11.08 |
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