Sarojini Naidu

(13 February 1879 - 2 March 1949 / Hyderabad / India)

To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus - Poem by Sarojini Naidu

LORD BUDDHA, on thy Lotus-throne,
With praying eyes and hands elate,
What mystic rapture dost thou own,
Immutable and ultimate?
What peace, unravished of our ken,
Annihilate from the world of men?

The wind of change for ever blows
Across the tumult of our way,
To-morrow's unborn griefs depose
The sorrows of our yesterday.
Dream yields to dream, strife follows strife,
And Death unweaves the webs of Life.

For us the travail and the heat,
The broken secrets of our pride,
The strenuous lessons of defeat,
The flower deferred, the fruit denied;
But not the peace, supremely won,
Lord Buddha, of thy Lotus-throne.

With futile hands we seek to gain
Our inaccessible desire,
Diviner summits to attain,
With faith that sinks and feet that tire;
But nought shall conquer or control
The heavenward hunger of our soul.

The end, elusive and afar,
Still lures us with its beckoning flight,
And all our mortal moments are
A session of the Infinite.
How shall we reach the great, unknown
Nirvana of thy Lotus-throne?


Comments about To A Buddha Seated On A Lotus by Sarojini Naidu

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (5/24/2015 12:34:00 AM)

    And all our mortal moments are
    A session of the Infinite

    What an insight! A splendid poem.
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  • (5/26/2007 8:07:00 AM)

    There is great inspiration behind 2nd and 3rd stanzas; they seem to come from a high overhead plane. The rest-professionally perfect. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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