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Amma's Gospel

Amma’s gospel was simple:

Love yourself
by being true to yourself
Be not in haste to react
First anticipate then contemplate
then respond
Follow the right path
Be happy
Be successful.

I would express my curiosity

Amma would elaborate:

Stop electing
the path of deceit
in the journey of life
The path of deceitfulness
makes you
the key contestant
against your very own self
while cruising through
the vagaries and variables
in the play of life 

This play of deception
sets up boundaries
to make you
a prisoner of the past
that has long been dead
yet keeps haunting
And, you simply keep longing
to be free from the bondages

Treacherous is this play
that hoodwinks you to become
a puppet of emotions
a victim of desires
and not the master of your mind

The sham and deviousness
of playing blame games
makes you a gadget of ego
that traps and ensnares
leading to a fraudulent integrity
of tumbling self-esteem
unable to see its very own reflection

What is the way then, I would ask?

Amma would respond:

Love yourself
by being true to yourself
Be not in haste to react
First anticipate then contemplate
then respond
Follow the right path
Be happy
Be successful.


Have I fathomed?


See also: Why Pray? | Crossroads | Word  

Read also: Leela | Cyclical |  Quest


Illustration by Niloufer Wadia


More By  :  Rajender Krishan

Views: 1553     Comments: 19

Comments on this Poem

Comment Amma's gospel simple and sure shot way to Success.- can relate to this..

Hema Ravi
20-Sep-2020 21:13 PM

Comment Amma was and is right.

Julia Dutta
20-Jul-2020 05:57 AM

Comment Thank you all for your encouraging and loving posts.

Rajender Krishan
15-Jul-2020 07:19 AM

Comment Beautiful ...
To me, "Have I fathomed?" is the key to unlock the secrets of Nature's message for us. Nature teaches us, the Mother is the representation of Nature. The query gets us moving ... makes life beautiful ... evolves us spiritually. Loving the Self is loving the query in us.

Indrajit Bandyopadhyay

Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
14-Jul-2020 09:30 AM

Comment Unvarnished truth and wisdom in a nutshell, straight from the mother who rocks the world..

Nice and crisp writing editor saab.

Thanks for sharing.

13-Jul-2020 11:31 AM

Comment Beautiful poem indeed . If any body goes through this poem time and again, again he repeats the same. I have also gone through this poem five to six times. Thank you so much,Sir.

13-Jul-2020 09:49 AM


The West is going to hell in a hand basket
And it looks as if its with a one-way ticket
Today we text instead we hardly talk
We forgot how to gaffe and squawk

Long ago our parents used to hug
No matter how ugly is your mug
Today they’re busy away from trouble
As the kids are loose playing marble

It seems we are smitten
We forgot how to listen
Our eardrums deadened in all that blasting
Of games and dumb movies all exploiting

We have lost our sense of sweet smelling
Choked with odours of bacon simmering
Nicotine and cosmetic flavours to enhance
Our olfactory organs leaving us in a trance

Long ago we were embroiled in sing song
It seems as if our journey has gone wrong
We don’t know how or ever try to do the whistle
We are too busy cavorting for our victuals/bittle

We are becoming a lost people aye!
Hardly look one another in the eye

Forgotten before we use Facebook one should preface
Use a real mirror before and check out your ugly face

Whether you’re a homo, black, white, short or stink
You have to learn to read, to write, spell and to think
Stop being a wise guy thinking with only with your dicks
You’ll only survive when you go back to the real basics

You may call me naive or silly
Old School or even willy nilly
Beat me with names or even use bricks and sticks
But eventually we’ve got to go back to the basics

Norman Datt
13-Jul-2020 08:45 AM

Comment Amma's Words remind me of Sylvia Path's Daddy and William Blake's The Little Black Boy. But I can overhear somebody calling Mama, Mama, O Amma, Amma from the doorway and one attending tot he call from the house. Isn't it Rajendra Kishan?

bijay kant dubey
13-Jul-2020 05:46 AM

Comment Values transmitted by human's first teacher, Ma, always stays on---and the good Ammas of any culture help mould their offspring in the best ethical and moral traditions---thus facilitating the second 'birth' of a good Republican, as an honest, law-abiding citizen, working with harmony with the community and nation.

Kudos to a remembering son who makes us meet a great mother, an enduring source of influence!

Looking forward to more of such mother-child dialogues!

Value-added poetry.

Sunil Sharma
13-Jul-2020 02:32 AM

Comment Lovely, and timely.

BS Murthy
12-Jul-2020 23:50 PM

Comment Commendable and way too relevant. To stay happy is to find happiness within. Nothing is outside. So Mama's gospel is wise in the material and metaphysical sense. We have to correct ourselves, we cannot correct others.
A good read.

Supratik Sen
12-Jul-2020 23:42 PM

Comment A gospel that is spell-binding in concept & narration -- so illumining & sublime for every son/daughter to imbibe its quintessence in order to be happy and make others happy too. Congrats to Rajender Krishan the poet.

AtreyaSarma U
12-Jul-2020 21:32 PM

Comment RKji, You have rightly placed the first and last stanzas highlighting the importance of being righteous and true to oneself and the need to follow the right path after showing the tough terrains of life in between. Not just thoughtful of you but also you make the reader muse over the poem for a long time even after reading!

G Swaminathan
12-Jul-2020 21:25 PM

Comment Beautiful samvaada! No vaada, no vivaada, just stating wisdom in simple, plain words! Loved it! Thank you!

Satya Chaitanya
12-Jul-2020 00:54 AM

Comment Best advice to lead purposeful, peaceful life. regards

T.S.Chandra Mouli
11-Jul-2020 04:24 AM

Comment When I look back and
What Amma said l
Did not get

A mad rush of
Youthful flow
Usually ended in
Some form of regret

Now I'm past
Those tumultuous years
And my vision is
Quite clear

Now I understand
What Amma said
Time-tested and Best!

Neera Pradhan
11-Jul-2020 03:01 AM

Mother is eternally present in everyone...the refuge of warmth...the image of the eternal she is....I understand, who guides on the right path...many lofty thoughts crowd the mind.


p c katoch
10-Jul-2020 23:18 PM

Comment Amma was so right.

This is beautiful.

Prof. Shubha Tiwari
10-Jul-2020 23:00 PM

Comment The more you fathom you see more and more depth. Only Mother is the solution to show you a path sublime. Sublimity goes on going up!!!
God bless us all, you, me and every devotee!!!

vvb ramarao
10-Jul-2020 20:52 PM

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