Samanyan Lakshminarayanan


* A Fine Culture - Poem by Samanyan Lakshminarayanan

They were indeed simple people
the people of the east
A FINE CULTURE they did have
the people of the east

A FINE CULTURE
the east should have given the rest
when the west brought out the 'machine'
the east brought out the 'human'

Today's world is not lacking in machine
Today's world is lacking in human

Today's east is sending 'productive men' all over
the east should have sent 'human men' all over
How did the east stray?
when did it loose it's way?

The east then found everything in simplicity
simplicity was it's strength and beauty
simplicity gave the east it's integrity
simplicity never ever gave the east an inferiority

Today the east mocks the west
the 'material' wealth of the west..has
put to rest...the
true spirit of the east

We blame it on simplicity
we say we were plundered due to our simplicity
a handed down book on simplicity
only became a liability..we say

What the west had gained
everybody did gain...the 'machine'
what the east had lost
everbody did loose...the 'human'

Today what are we in
an 'un human' man is managing a dangerous dumb 'machine'...and
THAT'S THE DANGER WE ARE IN...without
a fine culture


Comments about * A Fine Culture by Samanyan Lakshminarayanan

  • (3/29/2019 7:23:00 AM)

    Very nice story one of the most amazing poems I've ever read (Report)Reply

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  • Mubeen Sadhika (9/30/2009 12:37:00 AM)

    Good analysis. excellent narration. amazing. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/17/2009 12:46:00 PM)

    A time to stop and think
    Have we lost all - Or
    Can we salvage still
    Not all is lost
    So long you are ther
    To inspire and impress
    Us to seek for our roots
    And try to lead simple lives.
    A very wonderful and thought provoking poem. Leading us to question where have we placed our values and what are our aims in this mortal life?
    Angel
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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (4/16/2009 11:17:00 PM)

    ya east and west both apart poles but still complement to each.ne in abundance and other in short. well man and machine can do miracles if well nit (Report)Reply

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  • Ravi Sathasivam (4/16/2009 1:43:00 AM)

    An excellent poem. A message for everyone.
    Thanks for sharing with me
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  • Sathyanarayana M V S (4/12/2009 3:52:00 AM)

    We are somewhere in between. Lingering between humane thoughts our heritage taught and the West-machine, tempting us to trot........ (Report)Reply

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  • Ravi A (4/10/2009 1:13:00 PM)

    'Simple living and high thinking'- we have forgotten this aspect and so we suffer. We misinterpret the concepts - Innocence and Contentment. Contentment to most of us is an interpretation of further non-ambitious level and innocence is coined as a state of weakness. The world hammers these ideas on generations. How can we then expect a good culture out of these misinterpretations? Innocence is a state of uninhibited mind, an unprejudiced heart. Conentment is a state of thanksgiving to god for having blest our life so far. Simplicity doesn't mean that we should not incorporate modernity but that, modernity should not go beyond our means and just to show off ourselves. There is an element of contentment within the concept of simplicity. This is the truth. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (4/10/2009 7:23:00 AM)

    Due to this kind of development we find now machinebeastmen and inhuman creatures! (Report)Reply

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  • Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar (4/10/2009 6:32:00 AM)

    good write. the east is aping the west because the east is held inferior to the west. shan (Report)Reply

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  • (4/9/2009 10:01:00 PM)

    A very good comment on east and west and the west were on the take, but on hindsight Genghis Khan didn't do too badly on the take. the people of the east still have a fine culture
    very thought provoking poem......+++10
    In the future mankind will be bald live in a bubble and just float with the wind
    regards
    uavanice1
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  • Kesav Easwaran (4/9/2009 9:41:00 PM)

    an eloquent way for comparing east and west...upholding virtues of a culture need not stoop down to downsize another...read my poem - The Breakfast- you will feel the difference...thanks (Report)Reply

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  • (4/9/2009 10:05:00 AM)

    Science has gi ven us many ways to improve our comforts, how to journey fast.....b ut the way to livew a worthwhile life has been with us since time immorial. Why don't we use the wisdom of the east? (Report)Reply

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  • (4/8/2009 9:10:00 AM)

    nothing this life is worth than the love we can share with honesty
    nice thoughts
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  • Miriam Maia Padua (4/8/2009 7:28:00 AM)

    a very dignified write...very excellent
    i am proud of you writing this piece...
    with great...great concept....
    a very great message for all the people of the east
    A FINE CULTURE....is very important...
    for us to be out of danger...
    i love this...very elegant..and meaningful..
    sends us a very great message...
    10++++
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  • (4/7/2009 3:30:00 PM)

    An excellent piece with a message for us all, thank you Sam,

    10
    Lynda xx
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  • Indira Renganathan (4/7/2009 10:19:00 AM)

    It is a well known fact that ours is a spiritual world while the other one is a material world by nature...fault is with the fate of time that man's exploration is spoiling everything...great write (Report)Reply

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  • (4/7/2009 8:39:00 AM)

    Huge message my friend...This should read out loud over a speaker mic...for all to hear...wonderful verses that mean so much..glad you wrote this brilliantly voice piece 10+++++ (Report)Reply

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  • (4/7/2009 12:59:00 AM)

    You certainly laid it out as plain as day. This is the kind of direct writing that I admire. The truth of this piece is so large that it dwarfs most other writings on
    any subject. Again, this is just a brilliant writing. It should be read everywhere.

    GW62
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  • Louis Rams (4/6/2009 11:10:00 PM)

    a very good write on east/west
    very forceful
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  • Chandrashekar A Posy Poet (4/6/2009 11:03:00 PM)

    very timely with sound message! ! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 6, 2009

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 26, 2009


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