Friday, July 30, 2010

Siddhartha, Enlightenment and Us [Sajeewani Kasthuriarachchi]














Siddhartha, Enlightenment and Us

"I have stopped, You stop."
-From Buddha to Angulimala-


Just as you ask
Siddhartha,
How can we stop?

Siddhartha,
We run…
Separately and lonely
Not to be enlightened
But looking for
A small contentment…
Here,  we run…

“A contentment?”

Yes ,Siddhartha,
Any sort of contentment

A job with a small increment of wage
A land just to put up a hut to survive 
A decent clothe to wear
at least when have to go out..

Yes , Siddhartha,
We run…
Seeking
And seeking


“Magha”* and his gang
Who were bundling
And clustering with us
Seeking for liberation…
Now are enjoying 
The heavenly pleasures
And
Just passing through
Without even paying us a glance

No one can be trusted
Siddhartha…
No one who comes like “Magha”
Hence ,
We run…
Siddhartha…
Separately and lonely
Not to be enlightened
But looking for
A small contentment
Yes Siddhartha,
We have to run…

By : Sajeewani Kasthuriarachchi
[Translated by: Kalpana Ambrose]

“Magha”* - Magha /Magha manavaka is a character we meet in “Jathaka katha potha” which describes the several before lives of Gauthama Buddha. Magha  and his friends used to work for social well being and, as a result of that he was born as  “Shakraya” (a superior God who can feel the distresses of the worldly beings) , in the heaven.