Bashyam Narayanan


Know That Unknown Which Acts Upon You and Keeps You Going


I know I am not acting
But am acted upon
By someone or something
About which I have no clue
I hear, see, feel the touch, smell and taste
Because of electron transfer
From one chemical compound to another
Freely and in perfect continuity
I know my outburst of emotions
And actions triggered thereby
Are nothing but these electronic transfers
All things happening within me
And all things I create or destroy
Are also because of these instantaneous reactions
Within me
I cannot claim I have control
Over these reactions and hence over these happenings
But who or which controls these
And make me act
Some claim to know
But really they do not
As, if they really know they would not claim
Some claim there is nothing like
By which we are acted upon
But they in private agree there is something
Which makes us act
However much worldly wise you may be
You have no idea of this
However much withdrawn you may be
You have no idea of this
However much trying to know you may be
You have no idea of this
However much ignorant you may be
This will be acting upon you
And will ensure you act as per its direction
It is beyond description
It is beyond perception
It is beyond recognition
It is beyond your farthest imagination
It is neither there nor here
It is neither within nor without
But trying to get hold of it
Makes you understand so many things
Makes you realise an ocean of peace in you
Makes you enjoy all happenings around
Makes you objectively assess conditions
Makes you emotionally settled and balanced
Makes you perform with your best
Makes you create wonderful things
Develop a taste in you to search
That unknown
Which acts upon you
And makes you get going

Submitted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013

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