Aniruddha Pathak

(25.05.1941 / Godhra - Gujarat)

A friend or foe


‘Take time to watch you’, my guru once said,
And I wondered if body’s what he meant,
The senses five that helped me what I learnt,
My thoughts and emotions that helped me made,
But unsure still, I reached for the first gate;
The watchman let me in without much wait.

The inner vital, and mind’s outer door,
The conscious, too no problem did pose,
But subconscious at the deeper core,
Posing like a man that everything knows,
Made me look like a stranger, not a mate,
After a long wait still asked me to wait

That put me into a spell of tired sleep,
And dreamed I in touch with my second mind,
Which, nodded while taking the inner peep,
And waved me in looking like a man blind,
And I knew naught else but to fall asleep,
Beyond dreams— and into realm still deep.

When I woke up knowing little how long,
Voyage back from the dawn of inner light,
A vague idea I had of what was wrong:
During my blind journey unto dark night,
Closest I was to where I wished to be,
But how can a blind-folded me watch me?

The watchman at my intellect’s tall gate
Looked at me as do many learned men,
‘Ye need no date to meet thine closest mate,
‘Dwelleth he yonder, far from thine mind’s ken,
‘Freeze all thoughts and stray emotions of heart,
‘Heed to head nor heart; let them play no part.’

‘Man’s intellect has good guess of His face,
‘The way to meet Him is to lose the mind,
‘To meditate one point for divine grace,
‘Unto deep trance and to all else purblind;
‘Or enough ‘tis to just make Him a friend,
‘To will Him all times to be close at hand.

‘Or be happy hailing he who’s thine foe
‘In a friend’s shadow, a Joe called ego! ’
_____________________________________________ ___
- Musings | 11.11.11 |

Submitted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Edited: Thursday, November 28, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A friend or foe by Aniruddha Pathak )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Bears and Ladders, Stephen Katona
  2. Gentle Rain Falling, Kyle Schlicher
  3. A Buddha in the Heart of the Rock, Guillermo Veloso
  4. I Watched In Wonder, Kyle Schlicher
  5. Snowflake Falling, Kyle Schlicher
  6. Weep No More, My Willow Tree!, Maria Magdalena Biela
  7. ebola virus, ademola oluwabusayo
  8. The Mirror of your life... can you face .., Dimitri Jagodinski
  9. Honour-killing Is A Sin/ Just For Family.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  10. Love story, gajanan mishra

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!--yet soon
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Mackay

 
[Hata Bildir]