He has a bleeding heart. It pains for humanity. It pains for the hundreds who fall pray to the bullets of the mighty.
It anguishes for the helplessness of the wounded, victims of sheer terror. It cries out against the sorrow of bondage-emotional, intellectual and physical.
And the heart sings. Notes that defy tradition. Lyrics that stir up empathy. Notations that bring to your mind a yearning for eternal peace.
In today’s world, cosmetics are a multi-billion industry involving complex lab tests, fancy packages, alluring models and lavish advertising. All these are for the clay-made body. Women apply mehendi only for the hand. It only beautifies the outer appearance. But we have casually or consciously ignored the beautification of heart. It is getting burnt with the rays of material greed making mankind a terrifying breed on the planet.
Heart is the core of human psyche. If that is decorated enough, the entire human personality- his habits, character, relationships- will be aligned towards virtue.
We need to initiate new efforts, say a spiritual catwalk, for cleaning our heart of all the filth of hatred towards our fellow humans. And redecorate our hearts with the colors of Love. And the purest of all love is the Love of God expressed in the form of Love for God.
Love is no love at all
If for Him is there not a role
If we succeed, then our hearts will gain the courage and confidence to face the challenges in our life. It will kindle a new flame of hope in His Mercy that shall never fade no matter what storm we face.
‘Henna for the Heart’, my second compilation of poems, is a humble endeavor in this direction to enlighten the heart of dear readers with a ray of hope and beam of Love. Therefore, one cannot expect to find the pleasures of traditional poetry in this collection. As the ‘Poet of East’ wrote,
“Poetizing is not the aim of this masnvi,
Beauty-worshipping and love-making is not its aim”
Publisher: Olive Publcations, Kerala
Year : 2002