Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 27,588 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

A Prayer To Ramana - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

Oh, brilliant eyes!
Yet to blossom smile!
Visage profoundly serene!
Show me the way sublime

Out of this mesh much knotted
In which I am woefully trapped
Made of mind and intellect
Understanding and what not

Of teachers by whom I aver
Of books I don’t close ever
Of a body demanding care
Of senses gone haywire

I know all these to be
Not me, because them I do see
Yet, I know not the seeing me
For blind is my inner eye

“All you know is you are not,
What knows is you” I am taught
'Knowing this much will suffice
You then are self-realized'

“A mere understanding, isn’t this? ”
I question losing all my wits
“Yes, it is so by all the means
It does take place in the mind”

“Isn’t mind in knowing? ” I ask
“So what? ” “The wise does think” they remark
“The wise does act, the wise does read
The wise does enjoy the food he eats”

“Granted all that” I concede
“The wise knows not that he reads
That he acts and that he eats
The way we do so incomplete”

Didn’t our Sage say the wise is like
One in himself fast asleep
On a shaky cart on potholed track
Knowing not the shocking creaks

My soulful plea therefore Lord Ramana
Dear Sage of Holy Arunachala!
Cast your kind glance upon me
Truth of “Who am I? ” so I see

So I realize what it is like
Being in this tumultuous sea
Knowing and yet knowing not
Knowing all as me in me

Soaring up and up the sky
Wingless, mindless, ever-free
Unbridled by whims of intellect
Unburdened by notions pet

In the sky of Pure Being
To which Your eyes beckon,
To the beauty of spaceless expanse
Where Your smile shines and awakens

Topic(s) of this poem: truth

Form: Prose Poem

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in 2010, this poem tries to probe the question whether self-realization is a mere understanding of one's true nature taking place in the intellect or is it an absolute dissolution of the body-mind-intellect complex (BMI) . The author likes to go the latter way as BMI belong to the realm of ignorance and are of concern only to those who languish there - not to the self-realized person.

Comments about A Prayer To Ramana by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Jaishree Nair (7/10/2016 1:05:00 AM)

    A great tribute to a great sage.Enjoyed the smooth flow of words.Another feather to add to your cap..Thank you ji. (Report) Reply

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/20/2015 10:40:00 AM)

    In the complex mesh of the knotted world one is woefully trapped. The knowledge and teachings of the great are needed to enlighten the soul. Great are the rishis. Your poem invokes Maharshi Ramana in all earnestness. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (3/17/2015 2:59:00 PM)

    My soulful plea therefore Lord Ramana
    Dear Sage of Holy Arunachala! ....wonderful tribute definitely. Nice poem shared.
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  • (3/17/2015 2:47:00 AM)

    Ramana Maharshi the Philosopher, sage, and his teachings on spirituality have gained vide acclaim and several disciples are there. The poem about Ramana Maharshi and it is naturally good. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/15/2015 11:00:00 AM)

    Though I have heard of Ramana Maharshi, I have not yet been able to read his detailed philosophy. I hope to rectify the situation soon. As far as my belief is concerned, I think, each soul though a part of the Supreme soul, still has it individuality and a long tedious track to trek and traverse before it can merge and conglomerate with the Supreme soul. A wonderful poem which fills us with wonder about our creation and the creator! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 15, 2015

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