Desolation

A feeling so hollow,

That’s hard to swallow

Engulfs my being

Leaving no clue of what it is seeking

 

Pervading silence all around

Adds to the confusion abound

As though put in a quarantine

By folks I call mine

 

How could one not form a connect

Or make no effort to resurrect

The crumbling charm of togetherness

Despite a bond so deep and measureless

 

Schisms keep lingering, unless you let go

The need to pander to the ego

Sane does recognise the bliss ahead

Unless their emotions are dead

 

My heart wails for the years lost

In vagaries of moods carelessly tossed

Instead of a chance to script cherished moments

Had it dawned to figure, what negativity foments?

 

It’s too late in the day

To expect amends along the way

Power struggle has a tendency to hold sway

For those hooked, to remain in the fray

 

Vacillating mind craves to perhaps fill the void

With harmonious coexistence and altercations avoid

Would it be an overreach to long?

To someone in spirit and soul belong

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Cleaning Consciousness

Cleaning homes during festivals is common and we indulge in disposing unwanted things and give a good look by arranging the new order. Sweeping, cleaning and washing is part of clean up activity, so also we must clean our consciousness and internalise the outward process. We have heard it said that “Cleanliness is Godliness”. In cleanliness we feel happy and energetic. Cleanliness is an eternal process. When we go to bed, we clean our bed.

We are constantly gathering information. We need to stop and do some spring cleaning here. There are three types of dust that we gather within ourselves. One is our own negativity. We think negatively, act and perceive negatively. This accumulates inside of us, changing our responses. Secondly, we gather negative influences from our surrounding, from the people we meet and pick up negative vibrations from them. Sometime, we let ourselves slip into unethical activities because we have cluttered our lives. Hence, we need to clear the clutter and confusion to be able to think and act with a clear conscience. The third type of dust is perhaps the hardest to get rid of which is the misuse of power vested in us.

We use our senses to fulfil our instant pleasures. We know it is wrong but we seek immediate gratification for selfish ends. In this manner, we cause greater injury not just to ourselves but to all of society. We have tremendous potential within us. We have allowed soot and dust to accumulate inside and that is obstructing us from experiencing the divinity within. The first step is to be aware that we need to initiate the cleaning process. A selfless attitude is helpful in cleaning out the consciousness. Human progress takes place when the consciousness is clean and disciplined.