Keep No Monkey At Bay - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
A learned man in his discourse once said:
Fear and fight sin or save from sin your skin;
A mendicant, long silent protested:
Stop this slaughter of sense, sink in your sin.
The learned man, debunking from discourse
Mused: Ah what a mantra: Sink unto sin!
And asked: I’ve got the cart, pray, where’s the horse?
This, this: Seek thy solace from what has been,
Beware ne’er yet to think of old monkey.
Yet, hard it is to keep monkeys at bay,
More one tries to miss more mischief they play;
The man much tried, and hit ‘pon this prized key:
Fight nor fear sin, nor run ‘way from the scene,
Let witness watch from wings— involved, nor keen.
Yet, not whatso alas is easy in life— letting the witness, your
atman to watch! All man can do is to try, I too. Perhaps, it is
easier than keeping the monkey at bay. The witness here
refers to one’s atman.
- Sonnets | 05.02.14 |
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