Sunday, May 22, 2022

“Heritage”

I am not nobody with just a name

I hail from the oldest civilization

I inherited no wealth from my parents

Yet acquired abundant culture from generations forgotten.

The sages of millenniums past said

Beings on earth is one family

Not just men and women but all beings.

They considered five elements their five lives

Leaving no scope for disrespect by pollution

They gave me Ram, the ideal man

They gave me Krishna, the teacher of the Gita.

They asked me not to sit in a forest in meditation

But to act and follow my Dharma, my duty

And be content with what I have.

The ruins of the first university

The forts and palaces, proofs of days of glory,

Innumerable temples older than a millennium

Stand tall to declare not just the architectural splendour

Though the idol within says small is beautiful

Our story is not in books of History but in tales sacred

We have no greed to conquer, no spite for any

Though faced dominance and hatred.

We understand opulence is no happiness

We believe everybody is God incarnate

We are taught to kill evil but not men with it

We are not blinded by any faith or dogma

Our sages showed the path of reason

Which modern science teaches the world now.

In the world tense with fear and greed

Let the land rich in heritage

With Buddha, the icon of love

With Gandhi, the follower of Ram

Be not a force to reckon with

But be the Guru of the world

For all men to live in peace and harmony.

(For the World Heritage Day)

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Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur had been a Lecturer in English. He is a poet, critic and translator. His interests are Literature, Philosophy and social media.

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