Poem: Humanity – Dedicated to a brilliant writer, John Hansen (Jodah)

I am back once again - phew! Refreshed. I hope you all like this story-like poem.

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A bridge that traverses a sacred river was yearning to hear footsteps from the west for ages! Crossing the seven seas, she strode several miles towards the Himalayas. Breathless, perspiration ran down her forehead when she eventually stole a glimpse of a Yogi, who was sitting in a lotus-like position with his eyes shut – spiritually absorbed in meditation. Surrounded by lush green trees in the midst of snowy mountains, he was soaked under the compassionate rays of the Sun that portrayed his pious Soul, with such elegance, that it resembled the waltz, of a golden silhouette. Suddenly, whispers of her breath awakened his silence, as he opened his eyes, and beamed with delight.

His eyes twinkled with merriment and peace. There was a peculiar glow on his dusky face. His welcoming posture and gesture served like a healing potion to her exhausted figure. She touched his Divine feet, paying her utmost salutation. Tears of ecstasy rolled over her cheeks, as she said, “O Master, O humble Soul, please tell me about Humanity.”

And the Yogi answered in a soft tone:

If you have never offered water to one who thirst, then what is the use of serving hundreds with holy water afterwards in the pursuit of immortality? What is it upon which you have arrogance, O naïve humans? For the water belongs to the abode of the Supreme and is patented as nectar by the Mother Divine. Nothing is yours on this planet. Not even the gold you wear and the bricks you had inaugurated with mirth. I have attended many births and funerals too. We came naked with our fists closed. We cried. We were embraced. How strange! Tomorrow we will leave with our fists open and others will mourn momentarily remembering our name.

A tree is known by its fruits and so is the man by his deeds. So why should we fill our hearts with hatred, for there is one vermillion which runs in our veins. No colour, cast or creed is a concern to the Lord. The Almighty loves all His children. Destroy the walls of discrimination. Eradicate the roots of racism. Lend a shoulder to the one in need. But remember not to embrace anger, ego, lust and greed.

When anguished, you light a candle and sing hymns to the Lord. In joy, you simply forget to recall His name. To those who pray in happiness, sorrow cannot even ring a doorbell. Similarly, O humans, you must take part in others’ joys and grief, for a hand is enough on another’s shoulder in sorrow. So sow the seeds of compassion and of cheer. Let your head bow in the name of the Supreme. Bow! Bow! Share and gain wisdom, for together we grow.

Let me share a chronicle with you. The day the rich man realized the truth of life, he was in his autumn of life, and tears had already filled his eyes. Pink-eyed and lachrymose, he stared at the roof and solliloquized:

I went to the Temple, I went to the Mosque. I went to the Church and even sat at the feet of God. I listened to pundits, I listened to priests. I listened to mullahs and even read the Divine teachings. During this process, a sudden thought flashed into my mind – I have been given birth as a human, and yet never have I ever shown kindness to others. Then what is the use of being called a human?

I went to bathe in the sacred river Ganges. I even adorned my garden with marigold flowers. During this process, a sudden thought flashed into my mind – I have washed my body, but I haven’t cleansed my Soul. Then what is the use of bathing in the holy river Ganges. I have decorated the alcove, yet I haven’t gathered its aroma in my heart. Then what is the use of beautifying the garden when the inner garden’s beauty stands apart?

I have delivered charities and donations as well. I even offered social services and few voluntary hours of prayer too. During this process, a sudden thought flashed into my mind – I have never fed a hungry person who gazed at me with hope and pain. Then what is the use of donating millions? ‘Tis all in vain…

You achieve liberation and enlightenment doing selfless services for others. It suffices. There’s no need to go to pilgrimages, my dear. The hands that help are saintly than the lips that pray. A self-centered one cannot be a true devotee and cannot seek fruits of good karmas, but the one who is honest in helping others in need or distress can achieve salvation. A contented mind is the one who performs a true sense of devotion through sincere and simple acts of compassion.

“But Master, where did that rich man go?” she inquired.

And the Yogi rose up and said:

The rich man has not gone anywhere, young lady. His pulse of life resuscitated in darkness, giving birth to a peculiar Light. He just left the materialistic world, and kissed the path of enlightenment and peace. He has become richer in thoughts, unlocking his inner door, where a yardstick rests so that he could measure his deeds and pass on the cascade of wisdom for generations to come.

The lady was mesmerized by his consoling words that served like a haven in a storm, as well as a torch of peace.

And he smiled and uttered, “I am the standing proof.”


~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015

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shprd74 12 months ago from Bangalore

Hey human,

You've known,

Since time unknown,

That you are your boon,

And your own bane.

Sort out, on your own,

Be cause of destruction,

Or remain an inspiration.

Amen!


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Wow! Namaste!

Hari bhai, you always delight with your poetic feedback :) Thank you for gracing it further. I'll get some sleep. I feel tired a bit. I'll be back later. God bless, bro. Love to the little one. Jai Bhole... Jai!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

I am honored and humbled to have such an amazing story/poem dedicated to me, Surabhi. I always like to enclose a message or life-lesson within my writing, and there were many valuable lessons within this for us all.

Beautiful work My Dear. Thank you.


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The Subjugator 12 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

Welcome back.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

Oh forgot to add....yes that is a great speech. So many truths.


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swalia 12 months ago

Welcome back Surabhi!

Beautiful story with valuable lessons. I particularly liked this one-

"A content mind is the one who performs true sense of devotion through sincere and simple acts of compassion."

All religions teach us compassion and no amount of worship is going to help unless we are compassionate towards fellow beings.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london

A timely Christmas message, Dear Sister, and expressed well to a man of Life's longing to manifest Itself lovingly.

Expressed in and through a powerful medium or conduit of knowledge. Some statements are timely and immortal. I took only one:

"To those who pray in happiness, sorrow cannot even ring a doorbell." -Surabhi.

I add one more: "To those who seek with longing; with a pure Heart, God Itself will open the door and become the Host." -Manatita. Much Love.


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Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Awesome and beautiful. You have conveyed a great message through this story. And dedication to a noble, enlightened person adds glory to it. Welcome back after your long leave. Blessings.


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Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

Very lovely Surabhi. Great story! That speech by Charlie Chaplin is one of my favorites. I have posted that on social media several times. I just love it and I loved your dedication to our Jodah! Beautiful!


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Jodah,

I feel delighted to hear that you liked reading it, my dear. Your poetries are always meaningful, yes. I appreciate your visit from the bottom of my heart. I admire your writes, especially fictions. Let’s stay united always. Lots of love to you!

Shubhro,

Thank you, dada. I hope liked the poem. Love and Peace.

Swalia,

Thank you for the warm welcome, my dear Shaloo. So glad that you found it valuable! You have penned your thoughts beautifully, and I highly commend you for this. Bhalo ho!

Manatita,

Pranaam. Many pranaams to you. Most of the teachings that I have absorbed are after reading your prose and poetries, and so I am thankful to you and Sri Chinmoy for enlightening me. There is so much homework to do (he he) – I have yet to read your poetries that I have missed. I’ll pedal my Heart soon. Much love to you too. Jai Bhole!

Venkatachari ji,

Thank you so much. I absolutely agree with you – Jodah is indeed a noble and an enlightened Soul. We owe gratitude to such writers. I tried by best to pay a humble tribute. Om Shanti.

Missy,

I sincerely thank you for your lovely sentiments. Yep, Charlie’s speech is truly an inspiration. I have heard this several times in school, college and during social gatherings. A remarkable orator! I am glad you like it. Blessings :)


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

Surabhi, you keep prompting me and encouraging me to write another fiction story. Well My Dear, I did just that while you were away :) It is called "Edward the Armchair". Perhaps you would like to check it our.


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi again, my loving friend!

Thank you for telling me, Jodah. I can see how much I have missed - ha ha. I wait impatiently for your fictions. Continue... continue, and don't stop. I would love to check it out. Much gratitude.


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word55 12 months ago from Chicago

This is an honor well given. John should still be floating. What a treasured distant friend he is. He does exemplify extreme humanitarianism. I'm still honored to have put music to one of his most impacting poems. I hope to meet John and his family one day. You have done him justice in your dedication here. Sail and soar on good buddy and Surabhi, you're going to make your claim to fame as well. Keep up the good work, my dear.


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Oh - I love you, Al. That's so kind of you. It's such a pleasure to learn from great people here. HubPages is a good platform to serve others with compassion and peace. So glad to hear your noble thought. Thank you for your visit here. Please remember that you have a special place in my Heart too. God bless you. Lots of Love to you and your family.


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The Subjugator 12 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

Can I have your email id? I want to discuss something regarding Hubpages. I am a newbie here and need to know a few things about posting poems in here.


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billybuc 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

A tribute to another of my favorite writers and online friends....beautiful work.


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I sincerely thank you Bill for your kind gesture. Much Love.


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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Shubhro, yes, bro. I have just e-mailed you. Take care.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 11 months ago from Riga, Latvia

A most inspirational and wonderful tribute to a very deserving and talented writer.


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Rasma. I appreciate your visit here, my friend. Blessings.


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Nellieanna 10 months ago from TEXAS

Jonah is one of my favorites and I claim having saved him from giving up on Hubpages and getting involved. So I truly love that you're being such an inspiration to him, Surabhi Kaura! You have treasures to share!

I see many of my favorite Hubpagers commenting here. It is such a loving, supporting community!


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Surabhi Kaura 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Ha ha ha. Awesome! Yes, yes, he's a brilliant writer and a fantastic poet.

I feel blessed to have you here. Thank you so much for your kind sentiment. I admire your loving spirit! Lots of Love, dear Nellieanna.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thank you Nelliana and Surabhi. Love you both.


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Surabhi Kaura 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Jodah, my sweet. I am off to read your lovely hubs. I am coming. he he!


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Nellieanna 10 months ago from TEXAS

Hugs to Surabhi and Jodah!

Now I must sign off and tend to some TDLs (Tiresome Details of Life, as my mother called things that interfered with her many creative pursuits.)


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Surabhi Kaura 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Ha ha! I love you, Nellieanna. Hugs to you too, my sweetest and beautiful friend!

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