Magazine : Matrusri English
Language : English
Volume Number : 2
Month : June
Issue Number : 3
Year : 1967

Though stones are available in plenty.

the philosopher’s stone is rare;

 Though water and milk can be had everywhere

nectar cannot be had;

Just like Thy feet which elude me

 Mother, leaving me poor admidst my wealth.

Can a lamp give light to its owner

and darkness to others?

Can a tree give its shade to one who waters it

 and refrain from giving shade to one

 who brings an axe to fell it?

Can sugar-cane be sweet to its owner and sour

 to one who crushes it?

 Can mind stay still and silent when someone’s

singing at a nearby place?

Will you be angry with me Mother if I could

 not reach Thy lotus feet?

Will the mighty ocean be angry with the foolish

 raindrops that waste themselves

 on the sand, Mother?

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