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Quest for the Meaning of Life
|by Prof. R. K. Bhushan|
Thoughts in Solitude by Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar,
Every time, Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar comes up with a new book, there is in it a fresh strain of intense creativity of thought, expression and poetic idiom. His present collection of poems, Thoughts in Solitude, bears an abundant testimony to this observation.
These poems are indeed a solemn quest for LIFE in a world of inevitable DEATH and they create and rejuvenate LIFE in a DEATHLESS World beyond for the Participatory Beings in the ceaseless FLOW! Bhaskar says-
The placid and the tranquil movement of thoughts and reflections about the Mortal and the Immortal are a delight and a bliss, the poet experiences and conveys to the reader in the solitude as “Thoughts in Solitude”. The enchanting beauty in “Burial Ground” makes the poet spell-bound but-
These are highly metaphorical lines with deep pain and anguish dripping in tears in the “still” storm! This is the lasting pain amidst the lasting beauty, light and floating shadows engraved on the sensibilities of the poet! And the mystic has the courage to smile in endurance.
Similarly, Man and Manhunt, shatters the very core of our being and awakens us to urgency of the fulfillment of life on the uneasy bed of thorns and thistles. Here also, the poet is at his usual best in his poetic and mystic strain to communicate the only Truth, the only Meaning to fulfill the ordained divine purpose of LIFE HERE and HEREAFTER! Wah, dear Bhaskar! Are these sprouts the first cotyledons of your Tree in your future Forest of Mysticism? Whatever be the Supreme Verdict-
This is because of his daring grit and resolution-
This inspiring poem reminds us of Longfellow’s world-famous devotional poem pregnant with pragmatism, Psalm of Life, and Bhaskaranand Jha’s closing here is more uplifting and elevating enthusing and infusing and energising fresh courage when he says-
In these stiff challenges of Uncertainty Principle, From the Finite to the Infinite, the poet’s Soul’s Quest blessed with the Sole Spirit of Existence enlightens the paths. This becomes not only a Sojourn but an Excursion for Love Flow in Divine Clay so that we have unflagging enthusiasm and undying resolution-
Here, Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar has glorified the divinity in the performing role of the poet as rhetorically defined with full-throated ease by that Victorian Aristotle, Carlyle, in his essay, Hero As A Poet! This reminds me an Urdu couplet-
(It may be translated as “Dagger may be used at anyone, pain is mine, Amir/the pain of the whole world is stuck in my bosom.”)
Another marked feature of these poems is that the poet has reached excellence in his use of the refreshing and vibrant idioms and metaphors that add new dimension to his deep thoughts and insightful understanding of life to be lived with aplomb.
I’m sure that Thoughts in Solitude with enhance the treasures of the reader’s delight and interest.
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