RM22. TALKING ALMS (BIKSHA)

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

RAMANA MAHARISHI

A beggar asking for alms
And a sanyasi taking alms
Are not one and the same,
But differ in each name.

A beggar goes for alms
But a sanyasi for biksha.
Cooked or uncooked items
A beggar willingly takes,

A sanyasi takes only raw items
Like uncooked dhal and rice,
As they must cook it once a day,
Without keeping it for next day.

If there is anything excess,
It must be given to others,
Without keeping it for self use,
Like this, there are strict rules.

Ramana as a young sanyasi,
He went out very rarely,
Asking for biksha from anyone,
Or for that matter, everyone.

Temple Poojari used to give him
Washed rice water sometime,
He drank that salt-free water
As God’s gift to satisfy his hunger.

Another time he had taken
Three handful of curd rice
As Biksha in the house
Of Krishna Iyer at nights.

Rarely did he go for any feast.
But he was forced to eat,
In the house his grandfather,
By name Ramachandra Iyer.

Two people carried him
And used force at that time
So, there was no other way
He had to eat only that day.

Next time, a Mutt’s Head
Carried him away to his Mutt,
And in the midst of ten servants
He couldn’t escape, but had to eat.

Not so particular he was
For taking his daily meals
Or any other food in preference,
As a Sanyasi, he had no choice.

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