Why Am I Here?



In the grip of agony and apathy
When life questions its own basis
Frustration kills the vitals
Alienation is complete and death looms large
Life seems to have reached a blind end
When it seems all over
Life loses its breath and goes out of gear
I often ask me a question
Why shall I live?
For whom shall I live?
For what shall I live?
Comes a loving voice from within
‘My son! to life, you can’t say no
Coz it is my gift on which
You have no right and control
You will live because I want you to.
You will live for yourself till you know the truth.
Who you are?
From where you have come?
To where you will go?
You will be coming and going
No respite from the cycle of birth and death
Until you realise the truth
There is neither birth nor death
I am you and you are me
I, you, he, we, they and the cosmic universe are but one
From a distance we look different
When you come closer
And unveil the veil of maya
The illusion of duality vanishes and what remains is pure consciousness, single and unalloyed.
I know it but
You have forgotten everything under the spell of maya
And more identify with the body and mind
Which you are not actually.
When you will realise, you are pure self,
Truth, Bliss and Absolute
That will be your last day in the cycle of birth and rebirth
Birth and death, this world and that world will lose meaning and you will go beyond space, causation and time.
Father and son, devotee, devotion and the object of devotion, knowledge its source and the seeker will be one.
There will be no two
Only one and one you’

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 atunispoetry.com, our poetry archive, GloMag etc., Poem hunter.com, Destiny poets, Different truths, YouTube.com.etc Website-smrutiweb.wordpress.com

2 thoughts on “Why Am I Here?

  1. VijayNair

    A contemplative,philosophical,and incisive piece on the nature and purpose of existence and the role of the divine in it.

  2. Swati A Gadgil

    Life and Death, what comes first …is the unsolved puzzle of the universe … Being Equanimous is the key to Happiness and Peace…


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