Being and Becoming by Yayati Madan G Gandhi

 

All great poetry 

but an inspiration

from higher consciousness

Not something labored

though in all sublime arts 

there’s an element of craft

in poetry too craft does count

and may a difference make

to the poetic beauty and truth

Yet even the best craftsman may err 

leave some gaps and holes

letting something in a sly

To creep, or cave in 

spoiling its innate 

artless beauty

Poetry flows from heart

with an inborn power 

to heal wounds of reason

In ultimate parlance

poetry is inspired utterance

like hymnal chants of seers

Akin to the highest devotion

and mystic poetry 

of the highest love

So true is the master’s advice

‘if you’re trying to write

like somebody else, forget about it’

Since poetry is spirit 

in search of its wholeness

it can’t be a copy of anyone else’s

Poetry is a dream and a vision

an architecture of human life

as it has evolved over aeons

Poetry is life as if distilled 

from bone morrow 

of a species getting fast extinct

It’s an impassioned record 

of human destiny: its travails 

and upheavals over the yugas

The poet is but his/her poetry

in and through which they live

and has theirs being and becoming

A visiting fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge Yayati Madan G. Gandhi is an outstanding educationist, litterateur and publicist who has been in vanguard of movements for sustainable environment, total disarmament, human rights and one-world mankind. As one of the moving spirits for the rise of eco-feminism in India, Dr. Gandhi pioneered campaigns like Beti Bacchao Beti Parhao while actively participating in Sarvodaya, Bonded Labour freedom and Civil Liberties Movement.

A winner of Tagore Award in poetry in 1961, D. Litt from World Academy of Art and Culture and World Congress of Poets, USA, and the International Global Harmony Award, 2013,Dr. Yayati Madan G Gandhi occupies a very distinguished place among the contemporary English poets, especially when it comes to Poetry for peace and one earth mankind. Conferred with the title of Poet Laureate, Dr. Gandhi is the author of Twenty volumes of poetry. His poetry is widely researched for M. Phil and Ph.D. in several Universities. Among numerous awards and honours he won, a few are: One-in-Million Honour, Five hundred Great Personalities of the World, International Man of the Year (1991-92), World Intellectual (1993) Most Admired Man of the Decade, National Excellence Award and Rajiv Gandhi Award for outstanding contribution to education and literature. Yayati Madan’s poetry has been translated in several languages and included in anthologies of world poetry. 

Dr. Gandhi is also a painter and designer, and his work has been exhibited in galleries in Cambridge, England, and in Delhi, India.

Honoured with Aryabhat and Varamihira Awards, Professor Madan is a votary of dialogue among civilizations and convergence of sublime arts, science and spirituality. 

Born in 1940 in Lahore Yayati Madan G. Gandhi has been associated with a number of universities as professor and administrator: which include Visiting Professor, Delhi University and Lala Lajpat Rai Chair Professor, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has edited collected works of Lala Lajpat Rai and several poetry anthologies.

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