Rajaram Ramachandran

Gold Star - 20,222 Points (13-7-31 (see reverse) / Chennai born, now at Juhu, Mumbai, India)

The Restless Mind - Poem by Rajaram Ramachandran

If you stand at the ground level,
You’ll see objects, big and small,
But from the top of a skyscraper,
To the size of ants, they appear.

If you still go up on an airplane,
These objects go out of your vision,
And you’ll see only the patches
Of fields, hills, or, other landmarks.

The mind sees the objects around,
At lower level as good or bad.
When it reaches the highest level,
It sees the good and bad as equal.

The mind runs like a horse unbridled,
As it can’t be, at one stroke, controlled.
As a creeper needs something to lean on,
So, the mind needs a prop to stay on.

A Cross or a Crescent or a Deity
Or any object of worship, one may
Choose of his own, can act as a prop
For the mind to stay on its top.

Once the mind is controlled this way,
It’ll never, like a pendulum, sway.
With the peace of mind thus achieved,
One sees the Heaven in this world.

(Note: Mind’s in its own place
It’s the man who makes
Hell out of Heaven or
Heaven out of Hell)


Comments about The Restless Mind by Rajaram Ramachandran

  • (6/6/2010 1:38:00 AM)


    ‘The mind runs like a horse unbridled, ’

    Master Ramakrishna said, ‘Mind is like an ape who is naturally restless and bitten by a scorpion…which makes him most restless…next wine was given to him…condition is worsened..’

    Patanjali gives many disciplines in controlling mind …indeed difficult …God acts as 'prop' indeed as you wrote …you’ve described nicely restless mind…yeah thinking make a thing bad or good…and it too requires mind as you concluded....thanks Sir
    10/10
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK
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  • (1/23/2009 8:31:00 PM)


    This is very compelling! I love what it says at the end,
    about seeing heaven in this world, and man makes his own
    heaven or hell on earth. The words were just perfect.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 14, 2003



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