The Mahatma

SOMETHING I LOOK AT-135
BY-SMRUTI RANJAN MOHANTY

      THE MAHATMA

Mahatma
Not merely a word
Not even a noun or adjective
He is the pulse of a nation
Cause of million smiles
And a ray of light in utter darkness

He was not a man
But an institution
An ocean in a drop of water.
He is our Bapu
The beats of a thousand hearts
The hopes of millions of people
Fighting against violence, injustice and fanaticism from across the world

He is the father of the nation
Who proved nothing is impossible
If one is committed to truth and nonviolence, practice it in thought, words and deeds,
means what he says,
remains the same
both inside and outside

The problem is not with his ideology
It still holds good, still the same as it was
The problem is with us
We are not pure,
true to ourselves
We say something which we are not actually
Hypocrisy is our biggest weapon with which
We fight and hope to win the battle of life

To the Mahatma
No goal is as important as the means
All through his life, he made no compromises
With what he held high
Truth, nonviolence and peace.

To be a Mahatma is not easy
To be free from hypocrisy, hatred, jealousy and negativity in all its forms is a yogi’s dream.
We have a million problems
Coz we are not his worthy successors
Coz we see the goals not the means
Coz we accepted Gandhiji but forgot the values for which he fought for.
We do not understand him
What to follow his teachings?
The moment one starts following his footsteps he will be himself,
a man in the pursuit of all that is best.

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty©
2.10 .2019
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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 atunispoetry.com, our poetry archive, GloMag etc., Poem hunter.com, Destiny poets, Different truths, YouTube.com.etc Website-smrutiweb.wordpress.com

3 thoughts on “The Mahatma

  1. amitapaul

    The Life of Bapu is a perennial source of inspiration . This reflective poem is one more proof of that fact.

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