Nothing in between



Bubbles of air we are
What separates you and me
Are the layers outer
Our selfish wills
Ego and jealousy
Craving for a better life
Acquisitive instinct
Luxury and necessities
Which never allow us to come out
Keep us deep inside the bubble
Get over these
Remove that outer layer
Which separates you from the rest
See! how beautiful life is

What separates you and me
Except for our love and hatred
Sorrow and happiness
Get over these
In no time
I will be you and you will be me

What separates you and me
Only passion and expectations
Greed and hypocrisy
Get over these
Life will be a journey divine

What separates you and me
Except for pairs of opposites
Get over these
There will be no difference
Between mine and thine

What separates you and me
Except for false vanity,
A desire to excel and go-ahead,
A struggle for identity
Get over these
Life will be poetry sublime

What separates you and me
Except for our make belief identity
Possessive individuality
Get over these
Bright sunshine will let
The outer layers wither
What remains is consciousness pure
And we will be one and same
Moving in timeless time.

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty ©

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About Smruti

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, O.F.S, son of Raj Kishore and Shantilata Mohanty, born at Padmapur, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on 1.1.1963 is a multilingual poet, essayist and writer. He is a published poet and writer and a featured poet of PENTASI B World Friendship Poetry. His writings include essays, short stories, poems and novels which are published in newspapers and in various national and international magazines, journals and anthologies. Working as Finance Officer in Govt of Odisha, he writes extensively on life, its beauty and intricacies which are widely acclaimed. Poems are published in Mother Anthology by Hall of Poets, Voices of Aspirants by Poetry Planet, Mother by Poetry for Peace, Let the men speak for peace, Aroma of wilting petals, Anupam Bharat, Sourav, The Rock Pebbles, Symphony of Souls, Serious &Hilarious, Heartistry, World poetry on let there be peace, Complexion based discrimination global insight, Thought and Nature Anthology, New Creative Anteriority, Spring Window to peace, Indo African Anthology, Love at first sight, Spilling Essences, You and Me, A new beginning, Heart to Heart, Only you, My Valentine, Whispering Hearts, Poetic Rainbow, Fragrance of Asia, The Harmony, Sahitya Anand, East meets the West, Symphony of Peace, Pearls of Poesy, Ambrosia, International Anthology on Autism, Stars, Sky and Poiesis, Rain Drops of Love, Smrutire Parijat, Peace Lover, GloMag, Feb 2019, Tranquil Muse, Medley of Melodies, Nostalgia, Rise to Higher Essence, Cherry Toppings, Inked Thoughts, Whispering Poiesis, Rippling of Peace, Creative Anteriority, World for Piece, Traumas on Widows, Holistic Healing of Widow, The Global Literati Insights Research Journal, 1st issue 2018 etc. Poems are also featured in online magazines like, our poetry archive, GloMag etc., Poem, Destiny poets, Different truths,

3 thoughts on “Nothing in between

  1. Amita Paul

    A logical argument leading to the philosophical resolution of a spiritual question though the premises may be questioned

  2. Suma K Gopal

    Shankara used the example of the rope. Walking down a darkened road, a man sees a snake and he is very frightened. On closer inspection he acquires knowledge and realizes that the “snake” was just a piece of coiled rope. Once the illusion (Maya) breaks, the snake vanishes forever. Similarly, ignorant man thinks he suffers and is in bondage. On ‘closer inspection’ and study he acquires new knowledge and realizes he is Brahman!

    “Consciousness is Brahman.” prajñānam brahma – (Aitareya Upanishad 3.1.3) (‘Consciousness is Ultimate Reality’)
    “I am Brahman.” aham brahmāsmi – (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10)
    “That thou art.” – (“You are Brahman.”) Tat Tvam Asi – (Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7)
    “This Self is Brahman.” ayam ātmā brahma – (Mandukya Upanishad 2.)
    (‘This Self’ = Atman, the Soul = You.)


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