Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Gold Star - 63,393 Points (3rd August 1950 / Mumbai)

Vedas 45 - Kathopanishad - Part 4 - Turn The Mind Inwards - Poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Yama continues to pour out his knowledge and wisdom.
Nachiketa listens, imbibes and retains the esoteric knowledge.

"The Sense and Sense organs,
Tend to chase the external objects,
Totally deluded by the external glitter.
The foolish man continues to pursue in a
Tearing hurry to capture the illusive things,
Thereby, falling again and again into a trap,
Tethering himself to the cycle of transmigration."

"When the gaze of the Mind and the Senses,
Wheels around to make a definite ‘U' turn,
A path directed inwards,
Away from the external sensual objects; Then,
A transformation takes place or
A discovery of the inner ‘Self'
A realisation known as ‘Pratyagaatman'."

"O Nachiketaa! Did you know that
The Atman, the Self or the Soul
Residing inside each Being
Is the size of a thumb?
Even though, so small,
The Soul is the Lord of
The past, present and future."

Neither the study of scriptures,
Nor acquiring phenomenal knowledge,
Can make a person realise the ‘Atman'.
Only a pure Self with a pure mind is
United with the Brahman or the Supreme Soul,
Just as one pure water is mixed with another pure water,
Joined and mixed perfectly, becomes absolutely identical!

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophical , scriptural


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Kathopanishad is the most popular of the Upanishads. It elucidates the story of a young boy named Nachiketaa, who goes to meet Yama - the God of Death. The dialogue between Nachiketaa - the brave young boy and Yama - the Ruler of Death, forms the essential feature of Kathopanishad.
The dialogue between Nachiketaa and Yama, though long, is very interesting and absorbing. The dialogue spreads over six chapters or sections containing 119 verses. Chapter 1 - 29 verses, Chapter 2 - 25 verses, Chapter 3 - 17 Verses, Chapter 4 - 15 verses, Chapter 5- 15 verses and Chapter 6 - 18 verses.
With this poem, I enter the fourth chapter or section, also known as vallee.
Each Upanishad should be read from the beginning and in order of the Series, specially Kathopanishad, which is illustrated through a story.Otherwise, neither the story or the essence of the Upanishad will be understood. It would be difficult to grasp the philosophy of the Upanishad.

Comments about Vedas 45 - Kathopanishad - Part 4 - Turn The Mind Inwards by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

  • (10/16/2018 8:12:00 AM)


    The advice of being introvert for finding a direction for the dissolution of one.s soul with the permatman has been given by Lord Yama in this discourse. The translation as well as versification is simply superb. Thanks for sharing.10 +++ points. (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (10/16/2018 8:32:00 PM)

    Thank you Ratnakar ji for your generous comment. I am really happy that you read this poem.

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  • Rajnish Manga (10/14/2018 1:15:00 PM)


    Here I get a reiteration of the eternal path of self discovery through a U-turn from the worldly pleasures in which the mind remains involved to the actualization of inner self or Atman. A pure self with pure mind will lead the Supreme Soul or Brahaman. This part offers various clarifications regarding Atman, self or soul. Thanks, Geeta ji, for this spiritual treat. (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (10/15/2018 12:31:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot Rajnish ji and a big Namaskar. I am very grateful for the beautiful response to this poem.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 12, 2018

Poem Edited: Friday, October 12, 2018


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