Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Gold Star - 98,145 Points (3rd August 1950 / Mumbai)

Leaflets From My Life - My First Meeting With Philosophy - Poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Listening to the Philosophical lectures
By expert Ph.D scholars,
I was zapped.
I did not understand a word.
My mind reeled and relapsed.
I could not get a grip on any philosophical term.
I questioned myself
Whether I had made a mistake
By jumping from dance
Where I was grounded and
My feet, very much on the floor,
Well balanced and comfortable.
Now, I was flying in the air without wings,
Trying to reach the philosophical heights.

The first few days in the Philosophy class
Was truly mind-boggling,
And disastrous too.
I sat wide eyed in the front bench
Just listening attentively.
We were instructed not to disturb the lecturers
By asking questions.
Several questions arose in my mind,
My mind was full of confusion
Even conflicting emotions,
But I suppressed them all.
I just sat listening and listening!

That was the first lesson
That I learnt in philosophy.
Talk less and listen more.
For a loquacious person like me
It was extremely difficult.
But over a period of time,
I realised;
That was the best lesson that I learnt.

When you are silent,
You can hear the sound of the whole world.
You can hear the sweet music of the birds,
You can hear the gentle flow of the rivers,
You can hear the tall trees talking,
You can hear the wind whispering,
But best of all,
You can hear your own little voice,
In the midst of silence,
Like the temple bells ringing
In your heart,
Loud and clear.

I was no more loggerheads with my mind
I was at peace.

Topic(s) of this poem: experience, life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

While i write this series on Vedas, i thought it was equally important to relate my experience as well. For a dancer like me who has spent most part of my life dancing on stage, it was not a easy thing to learn philosophy. But my father's voice always echoed in my ears. That's one reason that i never gave up on philosophy.

Comments about Leaflets From My Life - My First Meeting With Philosophy by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (5/19/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    Wow, Geeta! I didn’t know you were a dancer. As an athlete I’ve been in awe of dancers, of the combined strength and flexibility they have. As to your lesson, yes, what a good one, and one I don’t come by easily either. (See my poem “Listening Prayer”.) My interest in philosophy came later too. I tend to think it hard at first because it deals with things so basic they’re usually below our cognition. Blessings! -Glen (Report)Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/20/2018 12:39:00 PM)

    Thank you Glen.
    I thought, mostly all those who read my poems, knew that i have been a dancer most part of my life. Philosophy came later as i have mentioned in this poem. Poems came much, much later than that..
    I shall read your poem 'Listening prayer'. God bless Glen.

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (5/16/2018 11:27:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem full of wisdom.
    There is a saying that wisdom springs from absolute silence, a state of pure consciousness beyond all perceptions, the expression of which in a few words.
    Beautifully crafted and well executed write. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to take a glimpse of your life.10++++

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/20/2018 12:44:00 PM)

    Thank you Rose for your brilliant comment as well. Stay blessed.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/13/2018 9:39:00 PM)

    'When you are silent' you are attuned to many things which you can otherwise let go off. Thanks for sharing a leaf from your own experience. An autobiographical piece. Thanks a lot, Geeta ji. (Report)Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/16/2018 4:08:00 AM)

    I feel an autobiographical piece in addition to the subject of the poem, surely would enhance the content and a better understanding and feel of the whole concept. That's my humble opinion. Thanks a lot Rajnish ji.

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (5/13/2018 10:18:00 AM)

    Hi Geeta,
    Listening is definitely an art. But But, to suppress the questions we have when we listen to a talk, is much more than what we bargain for. May be, getting the questions answered then and there, is suited for a science class, not for philosophy. And I guess, the questions get answered themselves, as we move ahead. Beautifully stated.

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/13/2018 11:04:00 AM)

    Yes! That's right. Your guess is right. When you go on listening, more and more, the questions disappear. You get the answer! Thank you so much.

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (5/12/2018 7:53:00 AM)

    I was once told that we have 2 ears, and only one mouth for a reason. (Report)Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/12/2018 11:44:00 AM)

    Yes, Kelly, all for a good reason. Can you imagine the state of affairs, if God had given us
    two mouths instead of one? ! !

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  • Rini ShibuRini Shibu (5/12/2018 7:52:00 AM)

    Talk less and listen more and you will hear your surroundings..wonderful poem, thanks Geeta (Report)Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/12/2018 11:45:00 AM)

    Thank you Rini for your nice comment. God bless.

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  • Loke Kok Yee (5/12/2018 4:27:00 AM)

    You are fortunate to have experienced what many of us only read about. Your poem on your experience is lovely to read and gave me an insight on a subject that I know little about
    Thanks Geeta

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/12/2018 11:46:00 AM)

    Thank you Loke. I always feel happy to see your comment. They truly inspire me.

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (5/12/2018 1:49:00 AM)

    What a wonderful poem. Who walks the mind? +++10


    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/12/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    Robert, thanks a lot. When the Master poet on mind says so, it adds great value to the poem.

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (5/12/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    No doubt, silence is always golden...it does have colours, emotions and tastes...it depends upon how we
    silently watch it...silence is the best companion above all... good attempt Geeta....congrats, carry on

    Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon(5/12/2018 11:52:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Ma'm. Your presence on this page will motivate me to continue my philossophical journey. I not only feel joyous but blessed too.

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