Theme: Self


What I inhale
and exhale
without volition
is the cause
of Prana
the very support
and vitality
that lives majestically
to make me
experience life.
It knows not itself
is neither
dependent on
the crutches of
isms, castes or creeds
yet enjoys
total sovereignty
without restrictions.
Why then
my earthly existence
is fenced
by the dogmatic rules, rituals
narrow boundaries
dividing sectarian borderlines
chaotic disharmonies?
Leading to
identity crisis
anarchy and turmoil

akin to
that caged bird
who forever
craves freedom
the bondage of life

And yet
ad infinitum 
my mundane "I"
that I know my Self  


More By  :  Rajender Krishan

Views: 2243     Comments: 25

Comments on this Poem

Comment This one is indeed wise and wonderful. One never sheds one's ego however hard one strives

25-Nov-2012 06:41 AM

Comment Nice poem on breath ,Prana the essence of life and existence, the force behind every thing.

Raj Kumar Dham
15-Oct-2012 08:16 AM

Comment what a write!! outstanding!!

04-Oct-2012 04:54 AM

Comment Excellente...

Seema Banerjee-ray
03-Oct-2012 23:10 PM

Comment Is the notion 'knowing the self' an illusion?

02-Oct-2012 10:31 AM

Comment Excellent verses on Prana, the vital force! The life force and heartbeat of all living beings is the same but the ignorant hate filled mind creates barriers and divisions.

Dr Madhu Guptan
02-Oct-2012 06:34 AM

Comment This is what I aspire to. You are a master Rajender Ji.

David M Gunson
02-Oct-2012 04:08 AM

Comment Rajender Dear,
It is true poetry; the essence of how poetry is born; the magic the poetry does in one's total being- the conscious and the unconscious, all yearning and languishing in the deep psyche of a gentleman experiencing poetry! Congrats, dear Rajender!
Loving poetic regards,

Prof. RKBhushan
02-Oct-2012 01:45 AM

Comment Sir, gone through the poem. It's really nice. Actually, nobody knows the reality of life. Cracking the mystery of life is not so easy. It's true that dogmatic rules, rituals, narrow boundaries lead to identity crisis.

Best Regards

Santosh Mishra
01-Oct-2012 14:05 PM

Comment Thank you all for reviewing and commenting.

01-Oct-2012 10:35 AM

Comment The first stanza shows the poet realizes ' I am because I breathe' .This I too believe in. We are told we have measured breaths, so It is important to learn to breathe right, for it's the life force, which removes obstacles in the energy body, blocks.
In the second stanza poet touches on the freedom of spirit, carries the thought forward in the rest of the poem, as to how did we allow ourselves to become prisoners of dogmas, isms and class divisions which only lead to disharmony, ' identity crisis'.

poet is wistful, in anguish over how we delude ourselves

And yet
ad infinitum
my mundane "I"
that I know my Self

poet cries out for freedom from self delusion, constraints imposed by society and longs to melt into nothingness.

a deep look at life, society and dilemma of man from time immemorial.

the opening stanza gives a clue to art of living to maintain equanimity and harmony, as prescribes in our ancient texts.

Thanks Rajender ji

mamta agarwal
01-Oct-2012 09:29 AM

Comment 1 October 2012
TO: Mr. Rajender Krishan

Your poem is very close to some of Tagore's which comes to my mind. One example may be as follows -

Poem No.2 of the book ‘Seshlekha’ (=Last writings) written on 7 may, 1940, a year before the death of the Poet at the age of 80.

[Translator’s note: Tagore’s philosophy of Death abounds his literature. ..... he rejects the doctrine of Maya propounded by the Indian and other philosophies, dismissing Creation’s marvels in the form of life, beauty etc. as mere illusion.]

Death merely portends its shadow
Heavenly nectar of life it can’t swallow
Yet unto the grip of matter insensate –
This conviction is beyond debate.

Love’s treasure in Universe immense
Will forfeit it in totality thence,
Such a pirate omnipotent,
In Creation’s nook and corner is non-existent.

The utmost truth I perceive,
Latent therein the utmost falsity to deceive;
For Existence, this extreme ignominy
I’m sure, tunes not with Creator’s harmony.

For change, everything rushes hence,
And that is Time’s essence;
So Death’s appearance all else will outlast
Surely, in this Universe be a falsity must.

The perception that realized Creation as true,
I, its spawn , witness it too;
My primordial self sanctioned it so,
Which I ratify as its part though.

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Rajat Das Gupta

Rajat Das Gupta
01-Oct-2012 09:20 AM

Comment goes deep

Susan Dale
01-Oct-2012 07:27 AM

Comment Excellent!
This poem is not only of the 'self' but also of 'beyond the self' and into the arms of community and societal norms of life. Often Alone, often lonely, most often alone but not lonely. We inhale alone yet exhale into the vastness of natural beauty for rejuvenation.

Jennifer Marie Bayer
01-Oct-2012 05:54 AM

Comment The experience of trans-intellectual unity and harmony, common to all seers/visionaries; adorned with beautiful words..May this be a reality in terms of holistic renaissance i.e. superliving.

01-Oct-2012 02:07 AM

Comment Beautifully crafted poem. Superb thought and content.

mandira ghosh
01-Oct-2012 02:03 AM

Comment A beautifully and thoughtfully worded poem. You have expressed the free will of the soul very well. Your poem reminds me of Rousseau who had declared "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains".

Radha Joshi
01-Oct-2012 00:53 AM

Comment If one can really know oneself one has cracked the mystery of life! Jesus said, "Know yourself", Indian saints say "Rise above maya and know reality", Socrates gave a vivid description in the analogy of the caves to differemtiate illusion, which is our present world, and reality! This poem symbolizes the dormant search for truth that beats in every heart.

Rajinder Puri
01-Oct-2012 00:40 AM

Comment Profound Rajendra Ji, some like to call it the chaos of contradictions, indeed it is!

Julia Dutta
01-Oct-2012 00:39 AM

Comment Poeticslly metaphysical!

Pavalamani Pragasam
01-Oct-2012 00:09 AM

Comment the snow-capped summits viewed for the first time from a silent verdant valley. Great job, Rajenderji. Inspiring work.
---Sunil Sharma

sunil sharma
01-Oct-2012 00:03 AM

Comment Yes, I can see that the waves of creative poetry are lashing your mind. Good. Keep it up. This one is superb!

V.K. Joshi
30-Sep-2012 23:46 PM

Comment Profound..enigmatic...

G Swaminathan
30-Sep-2012 23:38 PM

Comment description of "self"

Srikant Mohanty
30-Sep-2012 23:37 PM

Comment Excellent, what amazes me is the epigrammatic quality of Rajenderji's poems. And the themes are great. Enjoyed very much.

30-Sep-2012 22:44 PM

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