Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 27,455 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

Nang Nak - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

Last night I watched the movie “Nang Nak”
The hero returns home after a war
Lives with the ghosts of his wife and baby
Unaware they died while he fought far away

And then when I turned around
I saw only ghosts abound
Non-real beings, planets, stars
All that my universe bore
And at last, my body and thoughts
Dancing apparitions in swirls
Frenzied dervishes in whirls

I prayed at the feet of the Buddha
Bewildered by spectral samsaara
Did He smile at last?
Or a non-real thought that was?

Or does it matter at all?
That I know is proof after all
That I exist to validate
Real, unreal, non-real
Like a glow that reveals
Self-iridescence concealed

And here I lie now erased
Of body, mind and the seen
A void that has everything
Sans forms and names
And yet the fullest thing
A Buddha living in everything

Topic(s) of this poem: mystical

Form: Prose Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written July 2013. Through this poem, I hoped to bridge the non-existent chasm between Advaita and what the Buddha taught. Let readers decide if I succeeded.

Comments about Nang Nak by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Uma Ram (5/5/2015 1:06:00 AM)


    Thanks for the beautiful concept dealt with sir. It is beautiful truth conveyed artistically sir. thanks for sharing sir. (Report) Reply

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  • Valsa George (3/23/2015 11:32:00 PM)


    You have dealt with a very complex concept of Indian philosophy..... 'advaitha' or non duality that states that there is a oneness hidden in everything though things might appear different! Yes, we are in a 'spectral samsara'! A person at the highest level of enlightenment will be able to come out of the spectral world and see godhead dominating! A very very profound write! (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/23/2015 5:05:00 PM)


    Reading your poem made me realize that the real and unreal are like two sides of a coin. When you see one side the other side is hidden. You have definitely succeeded in what you intended to convey. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 22, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 22, 2015


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