Kurukshetra

Arjuna filled with acute depression
Warped into absolute helplessness.
Pain of inability pouring down
As drops of tears flowing as a river.

“Am I to fight against my own kith and kin
My gurus my guides my grand uncles?
I shall indeed prefer to be slaughtered
Unarmed, unresisting, and assaulted.”

Smitten by grief and sorrow
Partha kept aside his bow and arrow.
Sat down in the chariot with shattered hope.
Shamefully drinking this unmanly dope.

Krishna said, the self never slays nor it is stained .
It was never born will never die
One who think it does is mere ignorant and vain.
Besides, stepping out of war causes ruthless pain.

He has to get up and fight it out
Without like or dislike; Profit or loss
Eating out all the twins alike
Following the path of selfless action
Shielding him from its reaction.

Partha stood upright, Keeping his bow and arrow tight
Set out to merciless killing..
Killing his own people killing his dear and near ones…
Merciless killing and slaying your “self”
May not be possible for the fragile, in least case
Be prepared, at least to kill your ego shell.

(This poem is based on the first chapter of Geeta-the holy scripture of Hindus-from the epic Mahabharat) The fight that is portrayed here is the internal combat between the divine and the demoniacal powers of our mind. The entire battle between Pandavas(good) and kauravas(evil) is symbolic in nature. Each character is a personification of a virtue or a vice. Krishna is the Sathguru who preaches his disciple Partha(otherwise known as Arjuna) to kill the Kauravas who represent demoniacal powers like lust , passion greed and so on. He has to overcome the twins of life and progress spiritually. God is the only truth and this can be perceived only by absolute surrender and love towards God. All other attachments are to be eliminated mercilessly.Kurukshetra is the battle field, our body,not a geological space as it is commonly assumed to be)

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About Kavitha Rani

Hi Friends I am an Assistant Professor in English, working in V.V.Vanniaperumal College for Women, Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu.India. Our institution is working on the mission of empowering rural womenfolk and I am proud to be a part of it. I have recently started writing poems. Thanks to the genuine souls who encourage me on this road.Basically I would like to be perceived as a simple person who lives at the mercy of God.

5 thoughts on “Kurukshetra

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    I found the poem’s narrative,both in content and style intriguing and fascinating. I would however, from an editorial perspective welcome,some footnotes to accompany what is a work of some depth. For many of our readers and contributors,the specific mythological references are none too familiar.

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    1. Kavitha Rani Post author

      Thank You Louis Kasatkin for your motivating words. This poem is based on the first chapter of Geeta-the holy Scripture of Hindus (from the epic Mahabharat) The fight that is portrayed here is the internal combat between the divine and the demoniacal powers of our mind. The entire battle between Pandavas(good) and kauravas(evil) is symbolic in nature. Each character is a personification of a virtue or a vice. Krishna is the Sathguru who preaches his disciple Partha(otherwise known as Arjuna) to kill the Kauravas who represent demoniacal powers like lust , passion greed and so on. He has to overcome the twins of life and progress spiritually. God is the only truth and this can be perceived only by absolute surrender and love towards God. All other attachments are to be eliminated mercilessly.Kurukshetra is the battle field, our body(not a geological space as it is commonly assumed to be).

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      1. Louis Kasatkin

        Your additional commentary and explanation has been
        very much appreciated,thank you!
        Would it be possible for you to append
        your excellent glossary onto the same page as
        footnotes to the poem itself?

        Reply

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