Tagore’s Gitanjali Poem 20

POEM 20
IN THE DEPTH OF MY OWN HEART

On the day that the lotus bloomed, alas, my mind was straying and I knew it not. My basket was empty and the flower remained unheeded.
Only now and again a sadness fell upon me and I started up from my dream and felt a sweet trace of a strange fragrance in the south wind.
That vague sweetness made my heart ache with longing and it seemed to me that it was the eager breath of the summer seeking for its completion.
I knew not then that it was no near, that it was mine and that this perfect sweetness had blossomed in the depth of my own heart.

As I see…..

Life intertwined with nature blossomed.Mind wavered.Clarity did not set in.There is no maturity to realize God. There is no taste for enjoying nature.I searched here and there; and at last I could see God!HE is seated DEEP in my HEART!I enjoyed nature.I realized the Almighty God.I believe that should be the experience of every one.

கீதாஞ்சலியின் 20 ஆம் பாடல்
எனது இதயத்தின் ஆழத்தில்!

அந்தத் தாமரை மலர்ந்தபொழுது, இறைவா
இந்த மனது அலைபாய்ந்தது தலைவா!
சற்றே நானும் உணர்ந்தேனில்லை!
மலர்க் கூடை காலியாய் இருந்தது
மலர்கள் யாவும் முடமாய் நின்றன!
இக்கணந்தான் என் வேதனை பிறந்தது
இப்பொழுதே என் கனவும் அகன்றது
தென்றல் காற்றின் நறுமணம் ரசித்தேன்.
ரசிப்பிலும் ஒரு வேதனை தெரிந்தது
கோடையின் இறுதி மூச்செனப் புரிந்தது!
அருகில் இல்லை என்பதும் தெரிந்தது!
அந்த நறுமணம் வேறெங்குமில்லை
நறுமணம் மலர்ந்தது என் இதயத்தில்
பெருமணம் வந்தது அதன் ஆழத்தில்
ஆம்! அது என் இதயத்து ஆழத்தில்!

இயற்கையோடு இணைந்த வாழ்வு மலர்ந்தது. மனது அலைபாய்ந்தது; தெளிவு மலரவில்லை. இறைவனைக் காணும் முதிர்ச்சி இல்லை. இயற்கையை இரசிக்கும் உணர்வுகள் இல்லை. இங்கும் அங்கும் தேடினேன் இறைவனை. இறுதியில் அறிந்து கொண்டேன் இறைவன் எனது இதயத்தின் ஆழத்தில் .அமர்ந்திருக்கிறான் என்பதை. இயற்கையை இரசித்தேன்; இறைவனை உணர்ந்தேன். ஒவ்வொரு மனிதனின் அனுபவமும் இப்படித்தான் இருக்க வேண்டும் என நம்புகிறேன்.

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INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY June 21st.

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Our Holy Motherland India that is great Bharath
Birth place of yogas many unseen and unheard on earth
Ngana yoga, karma yoga, Bhakthi yoga -so on
Gift of Mahapurushas of India to all!

Yoga -comes from the root -YUJ -to connect-connecting
To the mind, knowledge, health-body= spirit and devotion!
Twenty first of June-today is the International
Yoga Day- yoga of connecting the body for health
Health of mind and body for peace and joy-trim and steady
The world acknowledges and has begun to practice sturdy!

Alas! people amongst us laugh and decry yoga practice
Let us make the society to see the benefits and make
It reach every home for the society to be healthy
And let us play our earnest role on this holy day!

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WORLD PRODUCTIVITY DAY June 20th

World Productivity Day 2018 க்கான பட முடிவு

All that the employees in service know about
PRODUCTIVITY -is only PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS!!
How that productivity is assessed is mysterious
But the word has a lot of significance to know!

The Creator of the world has given skills and talents
Sufficient to utilize maximum productivity
To meet the needs of the world to be at peace and plenty
Alas! what happens the world knows productivity far below!

World Productivity Day is today the twentieth June
Organizing space, food, mechanism, attitude-soon
Will have an impact great to increase in tune with needs
Let us on this day resolve to improve with our own deeds!

World Productivity Day

 

WORLD SAUNTERING DAY June 19th.

World Sauntering Day 2018 க்கான பட முடிவு

Man born in this world has to keep his body and mind
Spick and span to enjoy a life of health and joy!
Physical exercises every day a must for this
Walking, jogging, running, yoga several means!

Nineteenth June today is an important day-“WORLD SAUNTERING DAY”
Sauntering a style of walking-simply to walk slowly with joyful
Disposition.-giving rest to body and mind while on toes
Great indeed the naturalist’s finding this type on toes!

Practitioner of quick and straight walk sans friends -alone
For almost decades seven- a new thing to learn and write!
Several things to add to our knowledge-as it is POWER
Let us start exercises of any type to keep ourselves fit!

World Sauntering Day 2018 க்கான பட முடிவு

INTERNATIONAL PANIC DAY-18th June.

International Panic day 2018 க்கான பட முடிவு

June Eighteenth today is International Panic Day!
We use it as an excuse to panic about all days
Everything under the Sun- day to evaluate
Our priorities and eliminate anything
That causes our anxiety- a cause of all one’s worries
To be careful and sure try to overcome by all means!

Culture and tradition have ways and means to overthrow
Our worries that cause stress and strain- panic bin we are thrown
Sure a way out is to go on a day’s picnic to our
Nearby park or beach, river bund or big lakes
Once in a few months at least with all our near and dear
Spend the time in joy and merry making -value of life dearer!

International Panic day 2018 க்கான பட முடிவு

 

 

   HAIBUN AND HAIBUNEERS! (Part 1)

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I am very sure that my esteemed viewers will be surprised at the very caption of this week’s Sunday Story in the Envius Thoughts! Yes.
There are oceans and seas all over the world. We know Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern oceans each having its own seas numbering 21, 25, 9, 8 and 6 respectively besides 6 landlocked seas!
Normally we have heard the language and its rich literature in the form of prose, poetry and dramas are vast like  an ocean!
I used to quote that “Art and Literature of the highest order cannot flourish in a world which is increasingly becoming mechanical and the society a rocket!
To disprove the statement we come across LITERARY REVOLUTION as Industrial Revolution, or Cultural Revolution,r Economic Revolution or Fashion Revolution!
Literature in any language is growing fast and more so with ENGLISH-naturally!
We know there are several Gene-res in English poetry:It is not a fun!
Poetry
20th-century lyric poetry
Biker_poetry”

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We are familiar with HAIKU, TANKA, SENRYU etc.- short verses of Japanese origin.
You may be wondering what the TITLE of the story to do with these matters.
I am glad to share with you my literary lovers all over the world about the new and innovative form of HAIBUN- which is a combination of Haiku poem and prose and the practitioners are known as Haibuneers.
I know of one poet of repute by name Rochellie Potkar from Mumbai author of “The Arithmetic of breasts and  other stories”, “Four Degrees of Separation” is the alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program, Fall 2015. Widely anthologized, her prose has been read and interpreted by actors and dancers on stage in Iowa and Portland. She was the 2016 winner of the Open Road Review short story contest. Her poem Cellular: P.O.W  was shortlisted for the 2017 Hungry hill international poetry competition., Ireland. She is he 2017 recipient of the Charles Wallace writer’s fellowship, University of Sterling.
I came across a review of her book PAPER ASYLUM and on pursuing, I have landed myself in her wonderland of HAIBUN!  This Sunday story is its result
We know HAIKU, TANKA, SENRYU etc.- short verses of Japanese origin.

In fact Haiku is a short verse in 5-7-5 format- three lines of 5,7,5 syllables. Nowadays these Haiku  poems have become very popular in several languages.
You may be wondering what the TITLE of the story to do with these matters.
I am glad to share with you my literary lovers all over the world about the new and innovative form of HAIBUN- which is a combination of Haiku poem and prose and the practitioners are known as Haibuneers.

I came across a review of her book PAPER ASYLUM and on pursuing, I have landed myself in her wonderland of HAIBUN!  This Sunday story is its result!

Let us hear about her book in her own words:
Haibun in Me
I remember a day in Hyderabad when I was
introduced to my first book of haibun. I began
reading it to kill time before a literary event, but
couldn’t put the book down. I am not a reader who
can be enthralled easily. Anything can distract me: a
film, a phone call, a friend, a better plan, the aroma of
food . . . But here, within 250 pages were 120 haibun,
sketching universes of revelations in synopsized
depth—summarized lifetimes, told with lucidity, in a
frame no longer than a page that set tales adrift with
a lingering aftertaste of haiku.
I read 120 haibun that day, traversing ages,
continents, and eras through confessions, memory, and
the anecdotes of pain and pleasure. I remember feeling
enriched, as though I had read 120 novels or watched
120 films, through slow-moving window frames of
worlds, going far into the multiplicity of slant, idiom
and thought-thread. By night I had haibun fever. This
has to be it! I told myself, where the storyteller and the
poet merge into a sangam on a page.
We know the haiku: two images juxtaposed in a
fragment (one line) and a phrase (two lines) that link
and shift. The haibun, then, is prose poetry interspersed
with haiku. Written in a first-person narrative, in the
present tense, it can range from autobiography to
Diary writing, essay to travel-journal writing. Like the
haiku, the haibun begins in the everyday events of life
and can be described as a narrative of an epiphany. The
practitioner of haibun is called a haibuneer. There
can be 100 haiku in a haibun, but we generally find
one or two. The haiku forms an integral part of the
haibun and follows the same link and shift inherent
to all Japanese short poetry forms, including haiga,
tanka and senryu. While the haiku links and shifts
between its phrase and fragment, the haibun does so
between its title, prose, and haiku. The link and shift
apes the continuity of life’s wheel, keeping in motion
the navigation to new territories of notion, imagery,
and feeling.
Once a guru said that to practice Japanese poetry,
>one must celebrate and curate nature, becoming
ornithologist, zoologist, biologist, spiritualist, psychologist,
and painter—all at once. If poetry is a niche
genre in the world of literature, the Japanese forms
are more so. The haibuneers and haijins the world
over are a subculture practising in quietude, with
limited printed-book possibilities. In India, a couple
of hundred members constitute an online Facebook
group, INhaiku, and converge every day to weigh
words like goldsmiths, for brevity between lines 1, 2,
and 3 of the haiku.
Every time I enter a new college classroom for a
workshop and tell students that to write haibun they
can be a bit of a storyteller, personal diarist, traveler,
chronicler, and poet, there is a sigh of relief that runs
through. No one feels excluded.
I think the time for haibun has come, given the
small reading screens and attention deficits. Or the fact
that this is an accessible form allowing its practitioner

to intersect story and poetry, besides acquiring ediblesounding
titles like haibuneers and haijins, while
practicing the art of word zen.
Since I write in other forms, I think it’s interesting
to mention that in relation to free verse poetry, I
have found the haibun to have sentences stacked
horizontally. While comparing it to flash fiction, the
‘Act 3’ is a haiku.
St. Xavier’s College was the first in Mumbai
to include the haibun in its syllabus under Emerging
Poetry Forms, whereas Wilson and V.G. Vaze colleges
welcomed the haibun through workshops by me.
But I am probably a late-comer to this bandwagon
of haiku and haibun practitioners, probably an even
later champion. The stalwarts in India who have
affected me, and to whom I pay my obeisance, are
Angelee Deodhar, Johannes Manjrekar, Kala Ramesh,
Geetanjali Rajan, K. Ramesh, Gautam Nadkarni,
Paresh Tiwari, Raamesh G. Raghavan, Akila
Gopalakrishnan, and the many whose works I come
across in international journals and magazines.
A special note of thanks to Kim Richardson for
going through an earlier version of this book and
saying, ‘Your haibun are good, and I don’t say that
lightly. You “get” the form.’ I have never forgotten
those words. My deepest gratitude to Michael
Rehling, Christopher Merrill, and Gabriel Rosenstock
for writing a quote for this book.

A must-read book is the Journeys series, edited
by Angelee Deodhar, while online archives of
Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, and Cattails
are the other sources to deepen one’s morning zen.

>Rochelle Potkar

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We shall see more on this wonder in the part II in due course.Thanks and goodbye till then.
We shall be with our routine thoughts on Monday!

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ALL BECAUSE OF ALLAH !

Blogger visited Nagore Dargha  with his d-in-law on 10th June.

“Nawaitu sauma ghadin anadai fardu syahri
ramadhana hadzihissanati lillahitaala”

I intend to do obligatory fast tomorrow in the month of
Ramadan this year because of Allah

“Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu
wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizq-ika-aftartu”

O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You And
I put my trust in You and I break my fast with Your sustenance

A great month of fasting has come to an end
That was the opportunity given to me to mend
If I had done anything wrong considered as sin
I become by HIS grace good and noble and serve fine!

Of all the world religions, Islam is one that
Trains and makes its followers to be nice and great
To live in peace and amity through its practices.
Today is one such holy day RAMADAN-end of fasting month!

INSHA ALLAH! MASHA ALLAH” -all the Islam’s watchwords
All praise to HIM! May Islam flourish true to HIS teachings.

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Teravih, the special Ramadan prayer that takes place a few hours following an iftar,

 

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