Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 28,275 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

The Ultimate Guru - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

You entered my life like a blazing star
When I had my young head in the clouds
Inflated like a balloon
Thought the scriptures were my pocket diaries
Understood every word they spoke

You did my deflation silently
Without my knowledge
Made me know how little I knew
And then slowly
Imparted into me the knowing
That I am the whole; am everything

I didn’t then realize
That you are the man
To whom I owed most in life
Till today when the news
Of your passing away
Welled my eyes
And drained my heart

You made me look at my body
Then at my thoughts
And then at the thinking me
The roles I played
Stages of life traversed
And asked me to remain
Ever the seeing me
Who is both being
And knowing too in one

You then made me dwell
On the fact that I am the self-shine
The worlds are made of to shine after
That I am the rose, I am the star
I am all that walked, flew and crawled
I am the rain, thunder, lightning
Everything that is a thing
Yet I am none but the fullest One
Eternal without a second
Beyond finitudinal counts and wants

You taught me
How to freely act
In the sea of actions
Without getting wet
On legitimate desires
And accept the fruits
Whatever they are
As gifts from the One above

You showed me the value of values
The value of acceptance
And surrender to the Universal Will
Till the mirror of the mind
Is cleaned to reflect
The pristine glory of the Self
As that same Supreme Will
Indwelling in everything

You took from me
The fear of change and death
They say you passed away
On the banks of the Ganges
The Sun of the morrow I am sure
Will miss a grey beard and smile
Yet you have no death, you live on
In me and the things I see
The Sun, Moon and the humming bird

The grieving mind grieves
In the ignorance of a loss that can’t be
May Ma Ganges nurse you in her folds
And sing your eternal glory
As she traverses lands far and wide
That are accustomed to hearing
The universal songs of Truth
From our immemorial past

Soaked in prayerful tears I am
Oh Lord, bless us the ignorant bereaved
Peace, Peace, Peace!

Topic(s) of this poem: obituary

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Swami Dayananda Saraswati-ji passed away in Rishikesh, India, on the banks of River Ganges, at about 10: 20 pm on 23rd September 2015. He was a great teacher of Vedanta. It is understood that he was on dialysis for some time on the insistence of his disciples and well-wishers. He decided to go off it and let nature take her course, an attitude reminiscent of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi vis-a-vis the deadly sarcoma which consumed his mortal frame.

Comments about The Ultimate Guru by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (10/1/2015 1:07:00 AM)

    This poem is immortal. It should be read by many for many years to come. Perhaps by reading I am paying a simple homage to this great soul. And by taking time and joy in writing these valuable lines for a noble soul, is a great human being. Thank you so much Nair (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/30/2015 12:20:00 PM)

    It is a great tribut to Swami Dayananda Saraswati-ji, the great teacher of Vedanta, the Ultimate Guru, so nicey depicted. beautiful. Thanks for sharing. ....10 (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/30/2015 12:12:00 PM)

    It is a marvellous tribute to a great Guru, the great teacher of Vedanta nicely envisioned and aptly depicted.....10 (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/27/2015 1:42:00 PM)

    You have no death, you live on
    In me and the things I see
    The Sun, Moon and the humming bird
    The great soul will always be there to provide us guidance. Our lives get richer because of them. Great tribute.
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  • Valsa George (9/26/2015 7:28:00 AM)

    A wonderful tribute to a great Guru ji! This is not just a tribute in words, but in tears, with the upsurge of emotions coming from the depths of your heart! I don't know anything about 'Vedanta' that teaches the doctrine 'Aham Brahma'! I too believe that there is a spark of divinity in each one of us, if fostered will grow into a flame! These days, often I think about the transience of man's life on Earth... may be a sign of growing old which makes me more and more humble! No less than 10 (Report) Reply

  • Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (9/25/2015 6:51:00 PM)

    Very amazing and nice tribute to great Guru ji. Entering in life of blazing star he silently and slowly reveals the truth of scriptures and express his valuable teachings to disciples. Very interesting and nice sharing really....10 (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (9/24/2015 1:09:00 PM)

    Besides being a heart felt tribute to a revered mentor, this was one of the most beautifully written poems I have ever personally read.. You were truly inspired in this masterpiece, Madathil. Thank you so much for sharing.
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  • (9/24/2015 12:41:00 PM)

    An apt tribute to a Great Guru! ' have no death, you live on in me............' Pranam Guruji! (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/24/2015 8:30:00 AM)

    Verily, a great tribute to a successful teacher who is adorned with such a lovely discipline.
    May God bless your guru with eternal peace
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  • (9/24/2015 1:01:00 AM)

    Nair Ji's, your poem is not just a tribute to the great Master who just finished off his mortal coil to remain ever free but also a reminder to us, the readers the ephemeral status of all that we hold so dear! It just means not just how great a teacher, Swami Dayananda Ji was, but also how effective was his teaching, proven here, through you, his disciple!
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 24, 2015

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