Month: May 2007

Chosen One

Chosen One

An inexplicable energy
flows through me
An indefinable feeling
surging like sea

A miraculous power
augments my core
A magical touch
boosts it some more

A sacred flame
ignites the soul
A blissful glow
lights up the whole

What a blessing it is
to be the chosen one
How divine I feel
to be HIS beloved son

~© Manoj Khatri~

Intelligence and humour

Intelligence and humour

“All religions deserve equal freedom of worship and practice, but none deserves the right to freedom from criticism.” This brilliant comment is of Rowan Atkinson a.k.a. Mr Bean, quoted in Reader’s Digest’s May 2007 issue. The comment proves that Atkinson, besides being a superb comedy actor, is also a very wise and intelligent man. Wise, because he comes across as open-minded; and intelligent, because he is able to hold two seemingly incongruous thoughts in his mind.

I have always believed, for some strange reason, that humour and intelligence are linked. Sorry, I don’t think there is any scientific research to prove this — that’s because I do not necessarily allude to conventional (read MENSA-type) intelligence. Though I did find this page that links humour with creativity.

Also, I differentiate between being humourous and a sense of humour. The latter refers to a having a funny bone, an ability to respond to humour, while the former is the ability to be humorous.

Coming back to humour and intelligence, I think it takes an enormous amount of intelligence to make people laugh, and even more so, at one’s own expense. In fact, self-effacing humour is also a sign of wisdom. It shows that the person is willing to be laughed at, because it matters little to him what others think of him. Such a person seems to know the eternal wisdom of Les Brown’s words: “Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

True intelligence is about understanding the limitations of life on planet Earth and therefore realising that it ought not to be taken too seriously. It is no coincidence that Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman were humorous. Sample some of the quotes attributed to Einstein:

  • “The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.”
  • “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
  • It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

If intelligence and humour are allies, then shouldn’t Supreme Intelligence that flows through us be the foremost source of humour? Perhaps it is — imagine looking at this delightful planet from outside, and seeing its inhabitants fighting with each other, killing each other, and most frequently in the name of their creator. Then you would laugh and think: Why on Earth did God put dumb, self-destructive, humourless species such as humans on such an exquisite planet? Perhaps French philosopher Voltaire did get an opportunity to view the world from outer space when he said, “God is a comedian, playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh”.

Nirvana

Nirvana

Travelling in time,
Can I step into a parallel universe?
Drifting in space,
Can I escape this life of a curse?

Delving deeper,
Can I decode what is THE plan?
Probing further,
Can I measure the distance to span?

Leaving this plane,
Can I fly into the endless sky?
Shunting this soil,
Can I gain the view of a bird’s eye?

Releasing all,
Can I end this existential course?
Liberating me,
Can I unite with the ultimate source?

~© Manoj Khatri~

Out of sight, not out of heart

Out of sight, not out of heart

I don’t need to talk to you…to commune with you

I don’t need to see you…to dream of you

I don’t need to meet youto be with you

I don’t need to touch youto feel you

I don’t need to be near youto be close to you

I don’t need to miss youto remember you

I don’t need to hear youto listen to you

I don’t need to expect from youto bless you

I don’t need to possess youto love you

~© Manoj Khatri~

One-of-her-kind

One-of-her-kind

An ode to a friend

I know a girl called Grazi
Whose name rhymes with crazy
But her voice is warm and cosy
And she looks like a lovely daisy

Her innocence is so charming
Her concern, heart-warming
Her laughter is disarming
And her friendship, truly calming

This girl is one-of-her-kind
Who has her very own mind
Her beauty can’t be defined
‘cos her soul God has designed

She has an indomitable spirit
In crisis, she shows her grit
And even when fate’s the culprit
Her heart glows as if sunlit

Now tell me, isn’t she a gem?
Different from the rest of them
Now you know from where these stem
The words that make up my poem!

~© Manoj Khatri~

Endlessly

Endlessly

All my life I had waited
kept faith, anticipated
in hope of finding you
persevered all through

I always wanted to feel
consumed by love‘s zeal
I had a feeling innate
I’d meet my soul’s mate

I missed a beat or two
when I finally found you
in answer to the prayers
I had said with silent tears

I knew one day we’ll meet
I’ll be swept off my feet
my soul will then rejoice
even if I’m not your choice

You know I don’t expect
I know there’s no prospect
that you’ll ever be mine
no, not in this lifetime

But that’s ok you see
‘cos I love you selflessly
I know I can’t explain
what is my soul’s gain

I love you nonetheless
and I bless you regardless
‘cos my love is ageless
and my soul…is endless

~© Manoj Khatri~

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Divine Frenzy

Divine Frenzy

Divine Frenzy. I love the expression. It’s what my friend and colleague says is at the core of my poetry. I believe him. I think nothing else explains the flow of verses out of me. It would be correct to say that I don’t write my poems, they are written. A few times, a poem has flowed out of me when I am half asleep, the urge to express being so strong that I couldn’t resist.

Apparently, it was Plato who first coined the term Divine Frenzy. According to Plato, poetry springs from divine frenzy, frenzy from the Muses, and the Muses from Jove, who is soul of the whole universe. Jove inwardly nourishes heaven and earth, the moving seas, the moon’s shining orb, the stars and sun. [Reference: Marsilio Ficino’s letter to Peregrino Agli; The Letters of Marsilio Ficino, Volume 1, © 1975]

If divine frenzy is indeed what I experience, then I am blessed because what I write flows through me, not from me. The universal force is expressing itself via me. Oh! how wonderful I feel being an avenue of universal thought and feeling.

Love and Fear

Love and Fear

I met love and simply turned it away
I met fear and embraced it this way
Love followed me in spite of my nay
But fear clutched me like it’s gone astray

Do I behave masochistic with life?
As if I want all the pain and strife
Now every moment cuts like a knife
My eyes are sullen and tears are rife

I wish whatever this is, ends soon
For it’s like a never-ending monsoon
But before I go, I ask for one boon
If she asks for it, give her the moon!

~© Manoj Khatri~

Last night in infinity

Last night in infinity

Last night, eons ago
my soul met yours,
made a pact to teach, grow

Last night, centuries before
we started to fulfil
the promise of our yore

Last night, many lives ago
we chose pain over joy,
could’ve said yes, but said no

Last night, in our previous life
we yet again learned lessons
from our preordained strife

Last night, transcending time
we continued on our journey
to help your purpose and mine

Last night, in our next life
if we complete our course
Would you, at last, be my wife?

Tears, desires and prayers

Tears, desires and prayers

Tears…why are they salty?
Is it because salt heals?
Cleanses the eyes of impurities
And the soul of the pain it feels?
Are tears mildly antiseptic
to heal my heart when it’s sick?

And hearts…why do they desire?
Is it because when hearts yearn
They reveal what we must learn
To love and be able to discern
Is my heart pounding
because my soul craves for bonding?

And soul…why does it pray?
Is it because prayers are potent
Have the power to manifest
And ignite a flame that is dormant?
Is my soul praying
to hear what God’s saying?

~© Manoj Khatri~