It’s an amazing feeling to work in Nalanda International University. When I started working here no, actually even before that, when my husband received his posting order and we started looking at the map of the place, during that time itself I got fascinated to know that we are going to live so close to the Nalanda ruins, and on arrival when I visited the place I was short of reliving those ancient days. Imagining students, teachers residing in the premises, going to and fro from the classes and what not!! At that time a thought entered my mind that every element of nature has a life cycle, everything that takes birth will grow, live its life span and eventually mix in dust and then one day it maybe in a new form rise again, something similar is happening with the University…….. All these things and more came in the form of expression in the few lines which I felt for the lost grandeur.
Life is a Circle
Life is a Circle, and two ends of a circle meet,
Sands of time make way for new feet.
Tens of thousands of soldiers, led by a mighty King,
Reinstated the belief of the righteous being.
Valor he had, and in no time the greatest of the great he became,
Paeans were sung, creating niche in the hearts of many; as he came.
Years went by, when a war was fought, gaudy a war was it,
Such was the pandemonium, with loud shrieks, human parts flailed bit by bit.
Acute grief, excruciating pain, and death reigned,
Blood mixed with dust, memories mixed with bodies maimed.
He threw away the axes, the swords, the batons and the war cry,
As he learned the, the pain of seperation and asked why?
Making way for chants of ‘Buddham Sharanam Gachami’,
He dropped the metal and embraced the simple shroud.
Tears of love took over the gory spilled blood,
Understanding of faith and forgiveness did flood.
Spreading fast like the sweet smell of the incense sticks,
The message of love, fetching people far and wide, in weeks
Came the saffron robes, fluttering in the serene winds of knowledge.
Then there was made a seat of learning, a communication barrage.
Aiming to be a firmament of compassion, passion and wisdom.
From beyond the mountains and across the seven seas as if gushing,
Bright eyes and eager feet came rushing.
To quench the thirst of many , swim in the depths of its sacredness;
Profound hymns reverberated to create life changing wellness.
To create the lenghth and breadth of the country of dream,
Nurturing wisdom spilled the brim.
It was a golden age, flying high on the wings of success,
Beckoning every to come and chase.
The ball of fire looked big and beautiful,
Assuring sovereignty, stability a-plentiful.
In no moment came a harrowing wind, paling the warmth,
With screams and shrieks; engulfing all in cold grip.
The beautiful vistas of spreads of green, rippling ponds and blooming buds,
Were crushed, under the pounding monstrous feet, of immense studs.
Went down with blazing hungry flames,
The high halls, the long winding steps, the cool corridors, the hallowed names.
The years of sweat and hard toil, experiments, genesis and thesis,
The lusty fire ate it all and asked for more, till there was no more.
Yes! There remained, only tears of many, and remnants of hard work,
Distress and disharmony.
Days turned into weeks and then years,
Birds made it there perch, weeds made way without fears.
Cattle strolled and rested in its caved bay,
Unkown to the world, unassuming she lay.
A wise sculptor, with heart of gold, pride in the nation, came fore.
He woke up all with the dream of yore.
He pinned hope in heart and courage in deed,
Taught us to dream, with eyes wide open and lead.
A soft breeze flew over the mud, mold and mounds,
The first rains cleaned and cleared the dazed minds.
Once again she could here hurried feet, eagerly urging her to meet.
Soft hands brushed away the tangled weeds,
Choked breath was freed.
In the air of freedom and liberty were sowed seeds,
Revival of the past glory with chanting of the holy beads.
She stood up, with head held high; loving eyes blessed them all,
Urging the pilgrims to return to their inner call.
There she is standing high even in her nascent stage,
Foreseeing clearly the arrival of the golden age.
As, Life is a circle and two ends of a circle always meet!!
Mrs Anuradha Singh