06 March 2009

the King and The buddha

This is a repeat post that i enjoyed writing.

He was my king.
He treated the subjects well,
His granaries were full,
Art, Music and economy flourished in his kingdom,
And women and children felt safe.

Crooks were punished and thieves were jailed.
Justice was fair and we worried little,
We felt safe.
Our enemies were jealous and they wanted our fertile land and our full granaries.
They tried to loot our land and waged a battle.
Our king went out with his army and protected his people and his land.
We felt loved.
We lived peacefully.

the prince left the land.
He abandoned his wife,his child and the people.
He fled into the night.
He roamed the land and the forest.
He searched for the way and the light .
Time spent him, and his mind, body and spirit searched.
He came back enlightened.
He came back to all the people.
Understanding made him Buddha.

Compassion was his food,
And wisdom his armor.
sickness, suffering and disappointments lay beneath him.
Enveloped by peace, His eyes gave him vision.
His mind did not have doubts.

Victorious was his middle name
And death did not know him.
He lives in everybody who seek him.
But does not want to be their Idol.

Do not worship me, He said.
Don't light a lamp and bring me flowers.
For I am not King, but Buddha.

10 comments:

Sagarone said...

The story of Buddha has always evoked mixed feelings in me. What if he had died as a common mendicant roaming the forests after abandoning his wife and child and his people in the middle of the night? Would he still be revered and considered righteous and morally correct? And how many such common mendicants would it take to produce a Buddha? What about the agony suffered by the people he left behind? Isn't this a case of dereliction of duty of the highest order?

Indyeah said...

loved the way you have written and presented this post Anrosh:)

actually when I started reading and reached the end I too was left with the same questions and feelings as Sagarone

because usually whenever we refer to Buddha we usually speak of this part,
''He came back enlightened.
He came back to all the people.
Understanding made him Buddha.

Compassion was his food,
And wisdom his armor.
sickness, suffering and disappointments lay beneath him.
Enveloped by peace, His eyes gave him vision.
His mind did not have doubts.

Victorious was his middle name
And death did not know him.
He lives in everybody who seek him.
But does not want to be their Idol.

Do not worship me, He said.
Don't light a lamp and bring me flowers.
For I am not King, but Buddha. ''

Even though most of us do know the earlier part we give more emphasis to this part....

and now reading both of them together like this makes me wonder... wonder a lot at the way a king could afford to...or even think of abandoning his duties...

where was the 'rajdharama'?what of his duty towards his praja?and not to mention his family?his loved ones?

maybe Siddharth was a soul destined to become Buddha as no other could...but it still leaves a lot of questions to be answered and a lot of dilemnas to be sorted..

Indyeah said...

and oh!I didnt write this int he previous longish comment..this is a beautiful post Anrosh the way you have written it in such a flowing manner taking us through so many phases of his life as Siddharth and then as Buddha...:)

Kislay said...

Bravo . Favourite part -
"Do not worship me, He said.
Don't light a lamp and bring me flowers. For I am not King, but Buddha".
Have you written other poems as well ?

What I like best about Buddha , is that he asks not take anything at its face value , to question anything and everything , even if it is coming out of a sacred book , or a "holy" mouth .

Ordinary Guy said...

good one anrosh....and I second Kislays comment...

manju said...

Lovely poetry, Anrosh, and thought- provoking!

Buddhism has alway raised questions in my mind. First Gautam Buddha renouncing his old responsibilities, then Ashoka becoming non-violent after first committing so much violence and lastly the modern-day Nava-Buddhists who do not seem Buddhists at all.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Where is the old one An? I had written some nice comments on that one...

Vinod_Sharma said...

An I got my old comment...here it is:

"An, this is really spoken from somewhere else. So beautifully rendered, it is almost as if Buddha himself has whispered it into your ears.

Perhaps because he did not seek the external embellishments that kings seek, Budddha is actually worshipped by many and revered by many more all over the world. Those who have been and are blasting/destroying Buddhas, be it in Bamian or elsewhere, do not know that they do not, cannot, destroy the Gautama Buddha that you know."

I couldn't have said this again, could I?

Mavin said...

Great souls incarnate to lead and deliver the masses away from oppression. So say our ancient scriptures....

Infact, Buddha is considered as one of the Avatars of Vishnu and (as Vinod says) worshipped and revered in India ....Though Buddhists may contest this.

Gautama Buddha started a new way of life enquiring about everything. This was an attempt to overcome the inadequacies of the then prevailing society.

His teachings were packaged as Buddhism. and its appeal spread beyond the boundaries of India into Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia (where it incidentally replaced Hinduism, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan apart from much of India.

The beauty of this philosophy is it attempts to be a way of life rather than dogma and a set of rules.

Anrosh said...

sagarone, indyeah,
once children come into once life , this becomes priority for most - hence abandoning from this would consider irresponsibility.

i think siddhartha was young when he left -- usually when "questioning and anlaysing enters ones thought process", may be his curiosity overtook the responsibility of a wife and to-be king.

he went to SEARCH. the process of search for the fundamental question of life overtook everything that stood in the way of him, even his family. these are just my thoughts.

i am sure the parents got worried too - but the astrologer had forewarned his parents that's how the story goes - so may be they took solace in that.

hello kislay, welcome.
hello ordinary guy,

i have written on power (5 lines ) and poverty ( a couple) on the label you should be able to read both which is tagged under power and poverty respectively. are they poems? i don't know - i write as it comes --

Manju,
When i think of buddha, i only see the questioning processes of his - many others also talk about words of wisdom -

and as Sagarone questions --
there would be mendicants who may have thought just like him but in indian traditiion most has been passed on verbally and only few things written down. so we know only so(little) much.

and again buddha was a son of king -- as all things related to power -- because it was a son of king who became a mendicant this got much PR -- and buddha and the ism flourished.

we know more stories about kings and kingdoms or the famous rishis and munis in these kingdoms but do not know the other mendicants only because they were not part of the kings's inner circle and got left out.

when everything boils down to rituals, the essence gets lost!

Vinod, of course how can i forget the comment -- thank you once again.

Mavin -- "way of life" is how it all started. and then it trickles into radicalims and fundamentalism !! which is underway today -

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