I thought I was a daughter, a mother and a wife,
When and how did this ignorance engulf my life?
Why did I turn my face away from You,
And get a body, each time, young and new?
Never once did I question – who am I,
Where did I come from and why do I die?
Am I a tiger, who is destined to eat the deer,
Or one whose hunger is so important, that I'll kill to eat without fear?
Am I a vulture who waits for someone to die,
Or one who arrives just for the wealth of the dead, to enjoy?
Am I a frog, who feels the ocean can't be bigger than his well,
Or an expert engaged in proving the mundane and has nothing to tell?
Am I the grass who forgives all those who trample and hurt,
Or a tyrant who crushes his competitors to the dirt?
Am I a lion, who can mate forty times a day,
Or one who chooses the contraception and abortion way?
Am I an elephant who needs 400 kilos grass every day,
Or the busy intellectual who forgets to pray?
Am I a tree, that tolerates rains, winds, heat and snow,
Or a skeptic with faith at times high and others low?
Am I a workaholic, whose ambitions always soar,
Or an unscrupulous one, who is not afraid of blood and gore?
When will I grow above Sleeping, Eating, Enjoying/mating, Defending (SEED)
When will I realize that a Necklace of Vaishnava qualities, Enlightenment,
Enthusiasm, Direction from Guru is all I really NEED?
I am a seeker of Your eternal abode,
Then what am I searching for on this Mumbai road?
Why did this ignorance fog my mind?
Where will I look for You and when will I, You, find?
All those lost moments of service, how willi regain?
o my Lord, please forgive me, and take away this pain.
Let me realize, 0 merciful Lord, who I really am,
And help me put an end to this sham!
Let me serve You, 0 my Master, forever and a day
And never ever again send me away!