Know Thyself

Suffering from pain, the heart and mind in both,

I realized the halt in my growth.

Forward in their path when the world moved,

Carrying on my journey, my own mind disapproved.

Days to weeks, did I not sleep properly,

Months to years, I behaved awkwardly.

“What’s going on?” asked I, to myself repeatedly,

Prayed for help, hopelessly and dejectedly.


In the final attempt of redemption, to my teacher I turned,

Who invited me to his hermitage, all but concerned.

My master he was, sage too indeed,

The way of life, from him, had to be studied.

Poised and confident, he looked into my eyes,

As I cried out my problems, waited patiently for any advice.

Quiet he was for sometime, after my ramblings were done,

I was out of words and anymore complaints were none.


“You are too concerned about what others think,” said he,

“Withdraw your senses, relax.” he continued, sipping tea.

“You think, past of yours define you completely,

But it was yesterday, and your definition changes daily.”

“Living in the past, similar it is to being dead,

Living in future, means you are unborn instead.”

“Live in the present, for you are alive, now,

Take a bold decision and a powerful vow.”


Walking among the trees, we reached a lake,

The moon, the stars, the beauty, was a lot to intake.

Standing amidst nature, dawned upon me serenity,

Stress, fear, confusion left and so did my anxiety.

That night, dozens of things, he taught,

But his most important message felt like a juggernaut.

For it was the simplest of words, and the best,

But its meaning and application, like surmounting the Everest.


“Know yourself first, my boy,” said he, pointing to my chest,

“Discover your soul. Your truth. Never yourself, detest.”

“Finding a path, good from bad is easy,

But finding a better of two and worse of that many is never breezy.”

“So, never loose faith, abilities in yours always trust,

Finding yourself, will you discover a new world out of dust.”

“You have the whole universe within,

So, start right now to search, never too late to begin.”


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16 Comments Add yours

  1. emariemon says:

    ‘Living in the past, similar it is to being dead’. What a powerful line. I loved this entire poem but this line was perfect and got to the heart of what I really needed to remember today. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Varun says:

      I’m glad my words reached your heart. What better accomplishment for me. Thank you for telling me that my friend.

  2. A very good poem. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Full of wisdom! Such a deep message! I love this journey towards inwards… Simply awesome!!

    1. Varun says:

      Thank you so much.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Varun says:

      Thank you… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sumi Nath says:

    That is true..knowing thyself is knowing God..beautiful poem ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Varun says:

      Yes indeed. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love it Now says:

    I haven’t seen this one before, very true, beautiful. Nice picture too๐Ÿ˜„

    1. Varun says:

      hehe.. thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Varun says:

      hehe…. thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

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