Gayathri B. Seetharam

Dalai Lama - Literally, The Big Master - Poem by Gayathri B. Seetharam

Dalai Lama - literally, the Big Master
-Gayathri B. Seetharam
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
Describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk,
He is the spiritual leader of Tibet
And I have had the privilege of listening to him speak in Toronto;

He advocates a Tibetan self-governing rule
Along with a peaceful but exercising minimal control
Style of Chinese occupation which is an aggressive form right now
And this would ensure happiness for the Tibetan people;

The Dalai Lama was forced to leave Tibet
When the Chinese armed forces decided to
Make their presence felt in the peace loving Buddhist country
And India provided a haven for the religious leader;

He, during his talk, said that even those who preach absolute non-violence
Must, in the event of continuous attack, choose retaliation over compassion
By stating the example of a mosquito which is aided by another one in its onslaught
And he very endearingly said, If one mosquito bites, we must show compassion
But if there are two mosquitoes, then no more mercy;

Dalai also means an ocean in Mongolian
And Lama means the highest principle
And true to his faith, the 14th Dalai Lama
Has led a life that has been symbolic of the dictionary meaning;

The Dalai Lama believes that happiness is a reasonable goal
And the mainstay of existence
And differentiates between happiness and pleasure
Which is contrary to Rajneesh's philosophy
For the latter said that sexual pleasure leads to happiness;

But the Dalai Lama says that liberation is the highest form of happiness
And liberation is when one does not feel suffering anymore
While I recognise the beauty of this statement and philosophy
I do say that at the moment of a fulfilling sexual orgasm
And the moments leading upto it
There is no such pleasure for one can be somewhat happy
And not be sexually satiated or sexually pleased;

I love the fact that he says in the pursuit of happiness
The positive emotions are to be cultivated and nurtured
And I am paraphrasing him and I am with him
When he says that learning and education are important
Because they help one develop conviction of the need to change
And help increase one's commitment;

And as another wise religious leader, Swami Sukhabodhanand Saraswathi has said:
The ability to enjoy everything is
A quality of an awakened consciousness,
Your commitment to enjoy should be
Above your likes and dislikes;

This could gel well with the Dalai Lama's system
To develop drive, determination and enthusiasm
Which can be used in not only achieving worldly success
But also leading to true happiness
And in the pursuit of higher goals like kindness,
Compassion and spiritual development.

Sources of reference:
1. The Art of Happiness, a book, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
2. GlobalHolisticMotivators on the internet
3. Steven Moore for his picture

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness, spiritual

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about Dalai Lama - Literally, The Big Master by Gayathri B. Seetharam

  • (4/17/2018 12:23:00 AM)

    Hi Gayathri,
    A fitting tribute to the great man, Dalai Lama. Peace personified. It is a very profound feeling that we are living in this planet, where he is living. Thank you G.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2018

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