poet Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Love 1 - Love Is All Embracing

Love is all embracing,
Pure and sublime
Which flows and keeps flowing
Like a never ending stream;
From the eternal river,
Pouring out the elixir of love,
Love that gushes out unreservedly,
From each cell of the body,
Through each pore of the skin,
From the depths of the heart,
Spreading its aroma,
Into the wide Universe!

Love is all embracing,
Love - that goes on and on,
Not like a sentence,
Punctuated with commas, colons
And full stops!
Nay! Not like a long sentence either,
That goes on into paragraphs,
Pages and paperbacks!
Like an eternal Bible,
That delivers the sermons,
Sprinkling its message,
Into every corner of the world!

Love is all embracing
Love that does not confine nor is confined,
To any shape size or structure,
Not a square, rectangle or triangle,
It is not like a street
Ending in a narrow lane,
Or a one-way street with a blind end.
It is not a box that can be shut and locked,
That remains safe and secure in a bank locker.
Love is like an open blue sky,
Where thousands of stars twinkle and smile
Brightly and beautifully, at the same time!

Love is all embracing,
Complete and fulfilled!
A part of the world starves,
Not of poverty alone like in Africa and India!
The world suffers,
Not just of food for the hungry,
Or of roof for the unsheltered,
Not even a rag for the unclothed,
But the world suffers and cries due to starvation of love!
Physical apathy is remediable.
But O! What about the apartheid?
That many people suffer from - the apartheid of love!

Love is all embracing,
Like the love of Gopis for their beloved Krishna,
The cowherd damsels of Vrindävana
Filled their hearts with the sweet strains
Of the magical flute - the spontaneous love,
Pure and unalloyed,
Singing with a honeyed voice,
Dancing with a languishing grace,
Breathing with a lingering whisper,
Flitting through the mundane affairs,
Yet, frolicking with the divine flute player,
Drunken profusely with nectar of divine love!
It was Krishna the flute player everywhere,
Nothing else mattered or existed,
Content, happy, no grievances, no complaints!
Only the sound of flute, a divine ecstasy!
All surrendered unto Him - the supreme Lord.
No more wishes, no more wandering thoughts,
Only 'Bhakti' - the path of divine love,
The pure 'Atma'merging with the purest 'Paramatma'!

Love is all embracing,
Like the love of Mother Mary,
Holy Mary -Full of Grace,
Beautiful and blessed,
Mother of God- Jesus Christ,
The Virgin Mother - Incarnation of God.
The ‘Word' of love - the ‘light' of truth!
The generous Mother Mary poured comfort and solace
To the weary, suffering souls,
Leading them towards the path of salvation!
To live a powerful and perfect life
Love needs to be showered
Without any reservations or resistance!
Forgiveness and tolerance,
Essential ingredients of love too!
When Mother Teresa held in her arms
The sick and forsaken,
She practised true Christian virtues
Of service with love,
And sacrifice without a murmur!

Love is all embracing,
Like the love of Jalaluddin Rumi for his God
And the wandering mystic Shams Tabriz!
Rumi's bond of intense emotion
Transformed and transmitted him
Into the realm of spiritual splendour!
Rumi's fantastic work of exquisite poetry
Of love- God and man-and the unity behind
'La'illaha il Allahu'-there is no reality other than God-
That sowed the seeds of love,
Pouring and converting the words of fragrance
Into exquisite lyrics of unimaginable joy!
The words of wisdom travelled like a wild wind,
From east to west, north to south
Purifying the souls that loved,
Leaving behind a heritage of love,
For the entire generation of the Sufis!
Rumi says: "Be drunken in love for love is all that matters,
Loved and lover will survive eternity,
Do not attach to anything but love."

Love is all embracing,
Like the loving compassion of Buddha,
A divine soul filled with infinite love
For the entire world and its Beings!
Siddharta's heart melted at this sight
Of the sick, the old and the dead,
Perturbed and troubled - He pondered.
Why should man suffer?
How can man eliminate sufferings?
Profound thoughts that haunted his questioning mind.
He left all - in search of Truth
Into thick forests amidst tranquil Nature!
Relentless meditation and persistent contemplation
Earned Siddharta spiritual illumination under a Bodhi tree.
He became the enlightened Buddha!
Buddha's merciful heart perceived love in all souls;
Be it a human, an animal or a tiny creature,
Be it a flower, creeper, leaf, or a even a stone;
An ocean of empathy - Buddha spread the fragrance
Of love and compassion, into every corner of this world!

Love is all embracing,
Eyes searching for the feast of love,
Ears straining for the sweet melody of love,
Nose seeking the fragrance of love,
Lips spelling the magic of love,
Fingers softening for the touch of love,
The five sensitive organs play
An amusing game of love!
Yet, this love so sweet and sensual,
Alas! A flitting merriment of self-indulgence
Momentary, fluctuating,
But sadly, transitory and impermanent!

Love is all embracing,
That should emerge from deep within
Limitless and infinite!
Without barriers or boundaries,
With no tall orders or terse rules,
Without any expectations or rewards!
Love has to be shared,
Love has to be offered,
Love has to be showered,
Continuously and graciously,
Generously and universally,
Into the wide, wide world!

Topic(s) of this poem: love

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Poem Edited: Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is a poem on pure love. Love is above everything else in this world. It is love that forms a close bond between man and man, between man and nature and between man and God. All are closely connected through the unity of love.

I thank all the poets who have read this poem and have given their valuable comments.
I am much grateful to Poem Hunter for showcasing it as my first poem since, i posted it in June 2015.

I am adding a picture of mine in a dance posture with 'Anjali Mudra' clicked by husband - Radhakrishna Menon. 'Anjali Mudra' is a hand gesture in dance, so also is a way of greeting, known as 'Namaskaram'in India. It also means respect, friendship, gratitude and a thanksgiving.

With many, many thanks to Poem Hunter and all my readers of this poem.
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Comments about Love 1 - Love Is All Embracing by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

  • Indulekha Menon (11/24/2020 3:34:00 AM)

    Very true. The poet Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna, is such a, gem of a, human being which is very evident in each stanza, of the poem. The poet in this poem expresses the fact that rrespective of caste or creed, people craves for love not for money, food or shelter which since, through love, all the other material aspects can be attained.This compassionate, kind and considerate, poet who is, so tolerant..Marvellous. No words to describe. Best of luck to the poet.

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  • Praveen Menon (11/3/2020 10:19:00 AM)

    The poem beautifully brings out every facet of love and I have loved the words used. Beautiful

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  • Vrinda (11/3/2020 12:50:00 AM)

    Love is perfectly and beautifully said in this poem . It is wonderful and complete poem.

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  • Preeti Maity (8/6/2020 3:52:00 AM)

    The transition of metaphors in each stanza is so mesmerising. Especially the stanzas where each religion is used. This shows that love is not only for one religion or person but for everyone

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  • Preeti Maity (8/6/2020 3:49:00 AM)

    The length of the poem did justice to the topic because love is such a beautiful emotion that it is impossible to describe its true feeling with few words or sentences

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  • Preeti Maity (8/6/2020 3:46:00 AM)

    Love is all embracing
    Love that does not confine nor is confined,
    To any shape size or structure,
    Not a square, rectangle or triangle,
    It is not like a street
    Ending in a narrow lane,
    Or a one-way street with a blind end.
    It is not a box that can be shut and locked,
    That remains safe and secure in a bank locker.
    Love is like an open blue sky,
    Where thousands of stars twinkle and smile
    Brightly and beautifully, at the same time!


    This is my favourite stanza

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  • Rajendran muthiah (7/20/2020 2:57:00 AM)

    Ads interrupt my comments. This is an epic poem on love which flows out of each cell of the heart

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  • Ravi Kopra (3/21/2020 9:21:00 PM)

    jab pyaar dil se hota hai
    har cheez sweekaar ho jaati hai
    kyon k ye shudh hota hai
    bulandi pe uDta hai
    behti nadia ki tarah
    hamesha behta rehta hai
    bharay behtay dariya ki tarah
    pyaar ka amrit pilaata rehta hai
    badan k har cell se
    skin k har pore se
    dil ki gehraareeoN se
    pyaar ubar-ubar kar aata hai
    aur apni mehak
    saaray sansaar main bikhaar jaata hai!

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  • Gayatri Acharya (3/20/2020 7:56:00 AM)

    in love with love, such a beautiful poem

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  • Chan MongolChan Mongol (3/3/2020 7:00:00 PM)

    The honorable poet has penned very well. The poem is a great work of the poet. Analytically, the poet proved the point about the depth and the truth of love. This masterpiece poem is both academic and inspirational. Thanks for sharing. ++10

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  • Budhashaya Behera (2/7/2020 9:24:00 PM)

    Lord's love is always beautiful and we feel this continuously. His love embraces you and me. We are in same way to chant Krishna's name and adore his quality. We live for Krishna and he is for us to guide. This poem is very lovely..10+

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  • Bharat JagwaniBharat Jagwani (12/10/2019 5:23:00 AM)

    Fantastic poems mam...

    Lovely poem...

    Also read my poem which are in Hindi Language... Zindagi- Ek paheli

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  • Magadha RaniMagadha Rani (12/7/2019 4:27:00 AM)

    Love is all embracing
    Complete and fulfilled! A lovely poem dear mam. Thank you for sharing- - - - 10+++++

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  • Mamunur Rahman KayesMamunur Rahman Kayes (12/5/2019 4:08:00 AM)

    Love has to be shared,
    Love has to be offered,
    Love has to be showered,
    Continuously and graciously,
    Generously and universally,
    Into the wide, wide world!

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  • Anjandev Roy (11/9/2019 5:20:00 AM)

    An excellent write. Love it. Thank u. anjandev roy.

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  • A B Faniki (9/4/2019 5:21:00 PM)

    A well crafted piece lace with lovely rhyme and rhythm. Thanks for sharing such beautiful images

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  • Vaidyanathan Ram Iyer ChannelVaidyanathan Ram Iyer Channel (9/4/2019 10:25:00 AM)

    Expression of love in five organs, nice to read mam.10

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/30/2019 7:18:00 AM)

    But the world suffers and cries due to starvation of love!
    Many people suffer from - the apartheid of love!
    Two lines from your 6 stanzas poetry full of brilliance, YES! Apartheid is the most terrible sort that makes myriad of people suffer. Apartheid is so inhuman.My beloved Mum has told me many stories of this evillish rule and law.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/30/2019 7:06:00 AM)

    Love is above everything else in this world. Indeed, Dr Geeta, I love to read poems about Love. This is true fascinating and mesmerizing. I add this to MyPoemList. Thank you so much for sharing this sweetest poem I ever read about Love. A myriad of 10's. God's Blessings. The Best Poem as stated by Poem Hunter.Com. WOW!

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (8/25/2019 9:35:00 AM)

    A smooth flow for joy. Very deep and passionate poem. Thanks for sharing, Geeta. Remain enriched.

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