Monday, September 3, 2012

A Silent Prayer












Eternal, Energetic,
Soulful.

Celebrating the colourful extravagance
the scintillating beauty
and the mystical melody
that is India.

But let not the drum beats of the dhol
drown out my silent prayer
for an India
where the desperation of selfish pursuit
has not dimmed
the lights of compassion.
Where humility prevails
over arrogance
and where timeless wisdom is not forgotten
amid the dust on pages
of worn out books.

Where knowledge
is not confined to the hallowed halls of a few,
but is given and claimed
with equal zest.
Where hearts beat with great pride,
yet where pride
has not lost its way
into the murky waters of zealousness.
Where hope is honored over cynicism,
and where each day holds the promise
of transformation,
the conviction of a new beginning.

 © Sai Ganesh Nagpal

3 comments:

sb said...

This reminds me a lot of what Tagore said. I would say, 'To India', but I had once said in my blog post that I truly wish that the world will live devoid of father and motherlands, and just be one! What with all the Gaza, Ukraine, and several other issues...

A wonderful ode nevertheless ;)

Sai Ganesh Nagpal said...

Thank you so much! I agree with your sentiment. The way I see it is that I honor the land that has given me so much, and with the fragrance of my reverence for her, I embrace all lands in equal measure. For true love is inclusive, yet it is so unique! I like to think that diversity is not an enemy of love, I wish each land were so so different from the other, so that when I travel, I have more to respect, more to learn from. I love that we are so different, and yet capable of perceiving ourselves as one - you bring up such a compassionate point there, wanting us to be as one. And yes, I echo your thought - "to Bhaarat Ma, and to the World!" :)

sulakshanabadri said...

I loved how you put "I like to think that diversity is not an enemy of love, I wish each land were so so different from the other, so that when I travel, I have more to respect, more to learn from."

True that! Maybe some day everyone will see the world as one <3