Gandhi portrait by Dominique Amendola‘L’ame du Mahatama*’ by Sultana Raza The Society October 2, 2017 Culture, Poetry 6 Comments Decades later, his voice still heard: Sustainable, organic, and home-grown. We’re reaping what he’d wisely sown: Ahimsa*, respect, main keywords. His foresights make us rethink world, A balanced outlook, clearly shown. For humble, simple life was well-known, Ethics, morality, old school words. Respect for Nature, he felt strong, Cared not for race, religion, caste. For his principles, he struggled long, Transcending maya*, vision is vast. A global beacon, inspired peace, Empowered schools, villages, farms. Mahatma* gave us a new lease, Changed our history without firearms. *L’ame: The Soul of the Mahatama *Ahimsa: Non-violence *Maya: The illusory material world, according to Hindu philosophy Of Indian origin, Sultana Raza has an M.A. in English Literature. Her articles and fiction have appeared in numerous publications in English and French. Sultana Raza’s poems have been published in many journals, including London Grip (UK), Literary Gazette(USA), Caduceus (Ed. Yale University, USA), , the Peter Roe Series, (Tolkien Society UK), Muse India, andThe New Verse News, Catch and Release (Columbia’s online Journal), and Indiana Voices Journal. Her fiction has received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train. More at https://sultanaraza.com/about/ Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 6 Responses Carole Mertz October 2, 2017 Ms. Raza, on this day of all days in U.S., we particularly need this kind of poem. Many thanks to you (and Evan for posting it.) Your phrase “a balanced outlook, clearly shown” rings clear, is somehow the essence of what we need today. Many thanks again. Reply Satyananda Sarangi October 2, 2017 Sultana ma’am, greetings! This poem is really an ode to our Father of the nation – quite accurate in saying that how his core principles still are what must lead man to leading life in the truest sense. Lovely indeed. Regards Reply Leonard Dabydeen October 3, 2017 An important write on this Great Soul on the vignettes of his principles and practices, Sultana Raza. Mahatma Gandhi’s flagship for peace and non-violence in this global hemisphere is an important refresher as we celebrate his birth on October 2, 1869. My own contribution is revealed in a PDF from our McMaster University here in Canada in the Faculty for Humanities on the Gandhi Peace Festival: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/gandhi The 25th Annual Gandhi Peace Festival, Saturday, September 30, 2017. TFS. Reply Sultana Raza January 31, 2018 Sorry for my very late reply. I was travelling a lot last year, and lost track of my own poem in the midst of many other wonderful ones on this website. Your Gandhi Peace Festival is very laudable indeed. Reply James Sale October 10, 2017 Very beautiful sentiments in this moving poem. Thank you. Reply Sultana Raza January 31, 2018 I apologise for the very late response to all of you. I’m afraid I overlooked my own poem, as I was constantly pulled into other great poems on this website. Thanks to all of you for your kind words. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.