The photo of Lord Buddha reflects a mudra pose

With a form of non-verbal communication, replete

With spiritual meanings, the right hand,

Representing skillful, focused method of action,

Wisdom, teaching, protection and granting blessings,

While his left hand, reposes meditatively upon his lap.


It is believed that whenever there has been a fall

In righteousness, Lord Vishnu has manifested Himself

In a different avatar, Lord Buddha being one of them.

His birth was a boon to mankind, to preach to humanity,

The paths of truth, to reach beatitude,

Liberating us from mundane suffering.


While people are ready to kill for wealth or a woman

He personally gave up his kingdom and gorgeous wife

To seek the ultimate truth, to be free from life’s sufferings.

After gaining enlightenment under a Bodhi tree,

For 45 years, he imparted his enlightened knowledge to others

Creating a higher plane of thinking, with love and compassion.


He led a spiritual life, preached the eightfold path

Of Buddhism which are: right understanding, right

Thought, right speech, right conduct, right ways of earning

A living, right mental attitude, right mindfulness, and right

Concentration. The preaching is like the second half

Of the 10 commandments but as recommendations.


His chief principles teach us that peace comes from within,

And that we do not suffer FOR our anger but BY our anger.

His precious advice is to live in the present moment and

Appreciate ourselves, for we deserve our love and affection.

We must free ourselves from vexing thoughts to find peace,

And remove doubt, for it distances us from loved ones. 


©Pushmaotee Subrun

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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

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