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Theme: Observation


The spoken words
flow exclusively with exhalation
expending Udana
the pauses provide rest
inhalation respires
in silence
energizing Prana
In this outgoing phenomenon
           echoing through the ears,
           reverberating body humors
           without volition
the speech
cannot be taken back
however much one may
try to eat one’s words
Experience tranquility
take a deep breath
whatever the emotion
build the right composure
speak harmoniously
remain peaceful

So proclaim the Masters
When will I embrace
the wisdom of this science?

Udana: Energy required for producing vocal sound.
Prana: The Vital Life Force.


More By  :  Rajender Krishan

Views: 1363     Comments: 10

Comments on this Poem

Comment Being a Toastmaster, this has a message for me. There is an old Sanskrit saying "Satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam". Speak truth in such a way that it should be pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others. Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant. This is the path of eternal morality, sanatana dharma.

23-Nov-2012 03:40 AM

Comment Delightful. It seems your poetic creativity is at its peak. Keep it up.

V.K. Joshi
22-Nov-2012 22:52 PM

Comment >the speech
cannot be taken back
however much one may
try to eat one’s words<

Yes, but where are spoken words held in perpetuity? It is in that instant of consciousness that holds all the past, here, now, at any time, present.

Actually, it is the irrevocable nature of speech, or comment, that to some is so daunting, they prefer to remain silent. This is especially true in a forum that Boloji provides for comment, and perhaps explains the paucity of comment: as though once made, never retractable. However, words voice opinions that can never diminish or exceed the truth - and we are safe if we acknowledge that. This is the approach Socrates takes to argument; T S Eliot describes as attainment truth through paths of error; and Popper, the hallmark of a scientific theory its falsifiability. One should never then be afraid to comment, as the truth is its own evidence of right.

22-Nov-2012 20:15 PM

Comment Delightful poem. I love very much the feeling, specialy the last stanza. BRRavo '

Pili Pubul
22-Nov-2012 10:57 AM

Comment A good question!

pavalamani pragasam
22-Nov-2012 08:00 AM

Comment It is a pleasure to read your poem that proclaims the 'age-old' truths of this land. Thank you.

Kumarendra Mallick
22-Nov-2012 02:44 AM

Comment Very well articulated with appropriate wordplay and illustration! Also, good sage advice going by the current scenario of intolerance. But rightly questioned the credo in the concluding lines! Completely identify with this poem - may be dilemma of many! Thanks for sharing.

Padmaja Iyengar
22-Nov-2012 02:08 AM

Comment I think, you have nicely sketched the yogic pranayam with colours of words. A nice piece of motivation for those who can locate the invisible "You"in the poem. Can I ask you to read the poem without "So proclaim the Masters"- the poem does not sounds bad.

Keep up your hum.

A M Pradhan

A M Pradhan
22-Nov-2012 01:55 AM

Comment Dear RK,
I feel that these days, your poetic creativity is more fertile and is fast coming up with something unique in thought, spirit and style. Although,your poems relate to the daily experiences of the elite in different situations, they have a force and eloquence of their own. Expressed so spontaneously and in tranquil posture. So is the present poem.
Be blessed.
Prof. RKBhushan

Prof. RKBhushan
22-Nov-2012 00:08 AM

Comment So simple, so meaningful.

Roy D'Costa
22-Nov-2012 00:00 AM

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