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Sankhajit Bhattacharjee Poem 189

Scientific Research Fellow in University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


From ideology to duty, from duty to hobby,

from hobby to job, from job to business-

the concept of service to the deprived has changed.

Now a days they may or may not get actual benefit,

their share may be taken away...

Though some activists are real,

many work for pelf and award-

only few lotuses are observed in midst of a muddy pond,

infested with poisonous snakes moving their heads to and fro.

But this still remains as my duty, my religion and my satisfaction

to stretch my helping hand to at least one deprived.


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 05, 2021:

Very nice and thoughtful. You have summed it up beautifully, in the concluding lines. Thank you for sharing.

Vanita Thakkar on March 05, 2021:

You remind me of a shloka from one of the Shataka-s (a collection of hundred shlokas) by the great King Bharthrihari, in which he says that the essence of service is illusive, deep and inscrutable and there are very few who can truly discern it and live up to it ....

The concluding lines are beautiful. We all have heard the old story about how squirrels got the strips on their back. When Hanumanji was making the bridge to Lanka with the help of Nala-Neela and other members of their army, a little squirrel was sincerely and tirelessly bringing few grains of sand that she could carry, to help them make the bridge. While some onlookers laughed, Shree Raama was very pleased by her services. Shree Raama lovingly ran his fingers through the fluffy back of the squirrel. That is how squirrels got strips on their back ....

manatita44 from london on March 04, 2021:

Sewa is an amazing Heart-builder. You're so right!

A selfless self-giver, is God's victory-banner-carrier. Alas! I hear you, Bro. Salaam!

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