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! ’
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- Musings | 11.11.11 |

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

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