Amma’s Gospel by Rajender Krishan
Setu Publication, Pittsburgh, USA 168 Pages
Paperback ISBN-13 : 978-1-947403116 Amazon ebook ASIN : B08LSYFLN4
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Certain life-forms never perish!
They continue to speak to their seekers across the intervening thick veil of time and space; solidity of the physicality and after-stage; a disembodied voice heard distinctly from some deep place; a being of other dimensionalities, locations, realms telecommunicating from another medium - the other side of living, this time, as transformed energies of another type.
Rajender Krishan, a successful New York-based Indian-American, faced with the existential dilemmas, seeks out his Amma ji who, according to his candid confession elsewhere in this great collection of poems, continues to guide him in her own grandmotherly way from the great beyond.
Now the poet in him wishes to share the gained insights with readers of a new-millennium world grappling with the harsh political realities and truths that can be very unsettling for the believers of ethics and liberal democracy as framing narratives of the civilizational functionality and progress. Even otherwise, many challenges come up during a short human journey on the terra firma - and when existing frameworks fail to enthuse and guide the daily conduct of society and individual, answers are sought to the same by a mind trying for solace and resolution.
This illustrated book of heart-felt moments of queries provides some answers in a lyrical form that has got its own flow, pace and internal rhythm. Mini gems. Nuggets of inspiring words from a man rooted in his heritage and inclined towards spiritual aspects of the phenomena, exploration of every side of the lived experience.
Rajender Krishan is free of academic paraphernalia - of the heavy burden of theories and schools - and comes across as a refreshing voice in an age of the FB poetry where, sadly, anything goes unlegislated, in the name of free verse and blank poetry - words strung together, at their best, and eminently forgettable, like a viral video, tweet and Instagram image. Perhaps, it is designed for that only.
RK’s offerings are deceptively simple in such a landscape - but, in reality, very profound!
His poetry challenges collective amnesia imposed by a media society that tries to dumb down culture and its expression through art.
Here, certain deep truths are discussed with the ease of a Zen artist.
Take a look, please, at this observation by a grandmother in blissful mood:
In between the heartbeats
incarnating birth and death
is the tiny space
encapsulating the cosmos
where Life lives majestically
in myriad forms and impulses
Life is in the Now
of cause and effect
Not in the past nor in the future
Be Silent and Listen
To what Life wants to say
Meditate on the experience
Get not attached
Become the Witness
Amma’s Gospel is full of startling comments about mysteries of life, death, cessation, rebirth of different kinds…and of charged words that have got a strange luminosity of their own through interaction with Holy Scriptures and point to a rightful conduct.
After reading these poems, the reader feels fulfilled, elevated and revived!
And that is the primary task of any philosophy and art - change to a higher form of cognition.
It is epistemological poetics in its basic impact and overall affect administered subtly on the recipient consciousness - a poetry that guides as a treasure trove of wisdom and divine benediction.
Poetry and philosophy; morality and aesthetics crossed.
It is life talking to you through a wise woman and a respectful listener in a remembering/seeking mode, of a presence in an absence, capturing the fleet-footed moments, dialogues, in verse - words spring forth like a new spring from an aching heart.
Of memories and their enduring relevance.
Of past in the present; present in the past.
Of seeking a guru - and getting the right answers.
Of a grandmother, dead/living:
Her deep eyes talk
conveying much to hear
whenever I see her fading
sepia image from years ago
I simply strive to decipher
and then try finding words
to articulate what is heard
in the serenity of her silence
Read - and get enlightened!
It is sheer meditation!
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