Dead Man Walkin

I’m thirty five going on eighty.
Looking at life I find it shady.
No sun when I needed it.
Gray skies most days.

I find myself wanting
To get on my knees and pray.
To be thankful
And forget the rest today.

I am no Larry Page.
I will never be on stage.
I am no Bill Gates.
I can assure you mate.

My ideas are small.
My actions are smaller.
No changing myself.
No changing what’s left.

Poets are prophets
Only when dead.
Life is fruitful
For those who are led.

For those not seeking
A life worth living.
For those not searching
Life is not looking.

No money in the bank.
I am a grown man being frank.
Maybe a hero to my best.
Maybe a zero to the rest.

Big changes come small.
No sense in fighting the fall.
Big ideas have evolved.
I am another man with no legacy.

Nothing significant to give or save.
Another man taking more than he gave.
Nothing new created or solved.
Time to let the rest dissolve.

Little Pills

Little pills in my brain,
Little pills made of chemicals,
Little pills in my brain,
Little pills all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made of chemicals
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All go to their doctors,
Where they are given pills
And they all come out the same,
And there’s teachers and policemen,
And nuclear physicists,
And they all need their chemicals
And we all feel just the same.

And they all watch the game on Saturday
And drink and eat their beers and wings.

And they all have screwed up children
And the children go to school,
And the children play video games
And then to the university,
Where they are given pills
And they come out all the same.

And the boys and the girls can’t find jobs
And they marry and divorce
While taking pills made of chemicals
And they all look just the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made of chemicals
And we all feel just the same.

Internet Sheep

Baa, baa, internet sheep,
Can you stream TiVo?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
The bandwidth is full.

One for the adults,
One for the kids,
And one for the neighbor,
Who steals Wi-Fi down the road.

Baa, baa, internet sheep,
Have you any life?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three hours of reality TV full.

Meditation on Legacy

i am writing for you.
twenty years from this view.
your mind not ready to receive.
the words i wish to retrieve.

from the recesses of our memories.
will the data dump be achieved.
as you thumb through coloring books.
as you play princess dress up.

your daddy thinks of legacy.
of what you will remember of me.
will you try to forget and be free.
is there a reason to believe.

in a legacy built for you.
in a legacy built for me.
all these words and photos recorded.
so you might have wisdom afforded

by the life of another.

Ramakrishna was a teacher of popular appeal, speaking in rustic Bengali, freely using stories and parables. He emphasised God-realisation as the supreme goal of all living beings. According to Ramakrishna, the idea of sex and the idea of money were the two main delusions that prevent people from realizing God, and that god-realization can be achieved by renouncing Kama-Kanchana (lust and gold). Ramakrishna looked upon the world as Maya and he explained that avidya maya represents dark forces of creation (e.g. sensual desire, evil passions, greed, lust and cruelty), which keep people on lower planes of consciousness. These forces are responsible for human entrapment in the cycle of birth and death, and they must be fought and vanquished. Vidya maya, on the other hand, represents higher forces of creation (e.g. spiritual virtues, enlightening qualities, kindness, purity, love, and devotion), which elevate human beings to the higher planes of consciousness.

Ramakrishna practised several religions, including Islam and Christianity, and recognized that in spite of the differences, all religions are valid and true and they lead to the same ultimate goal—God. Ramakrishna’s proclaimed that jatra jiv tatra Shiv (wherever there is a living being, there is Shiva) which stemmed from his Advaitic perception of Reality. His teaching, “Jive daya noy, Shiv gyane jiv seba” (not kindness to living beings, but serving the living being as Shiva Himself) is considered as the inspiration for the philanthropic work carried out by his chief disciple Vivekananda.