Be Thy Own Light - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
In many a scripture I read,
Divergent delve the varied views,
The world’s wise various in their creed,
Enough this wisdom weighs me to confuse.
Hindu monks choose saffron to wear,
The Buddhists come in their yellow,
All-white is what Jainis1 prefer,
And some wear none but their halo,
All contrive to clot my keen mind.
Whose word of wisdom to follow?
Who can help me heaven to find?
Who, my here-aft, or whereso we go?
Not else than thine atman within,
And be thou thine own light serene.
Jainis1: The sect called shvet@>bar wears white robes.
The other called diga>bar believes that the dimensions
represent their garments and wear nothing.
Anand was Buddha’s closest disciple. Seeing Buddha
breathing his last to leave the world, he felt a void
without his guru’s guiding spirit. It is then that
Buddha uttered his last words: ‘O be thou thine own
light.’ It is said that Anand contemplated on these
words and realised true knowledge within 24 hours
of Buddha’s death.
- Sonnets | 22.08.14 |
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