"I see the crimson colours of the Divine Garb"
"I see the crimson colours of the Divine Garb"


 I see a divine garb hanging round my body

In the early morning hours when I still feel bodily pains

And warding off all attempts to bring to an end

Night’s dreamy splendour;

I see the crimson colours of the divine garb

Absorbing the cooling effect of the early morning rays

The garb giving me the feel

That  I am something of the very special

The divine garb is not like the one

Faked by rogue weavers

To make a gullible king walk half naked in the streets

The garment is indeed woven as a web

Where threads are smeared with thoughts pure and holy

To give them a dazzle and sheen

I get up not knowing what to do

Is the garment meant to convey a message

That I should play the role of a missionary

To make the man in the street learn his relationship with Almighty

Though a devoted soul I know I am hardly fitted to play such a role

My inadequacies are too many and too glaring

To dare and challenge those already in the field.

Is the garment meant to wake up in me thoughts lying dormant

Like particles floating in the rays of the morning sun

To enable me to join the ranks of knowledgeable souls

Whose message conveyed through word and print

Makes them unrivalled in the field of poetry or art

Here again I feel humbled

As the gumption that produced those wizards

Whose classics enthralled hmanity over the centuries

Is not what I can lay claim to with confidence.

I pick up a few granites of hard History

Which is all I could gather after digging over the years into realms of past

Though the effort is not much I can see the road ahead

I have an understanding how the world is what it is today

The chronicles are there for anybody to read

To understand the myriad efforts put forth by man to achieve progress

I find the divine garb is sent with a mission

To give cheer and hope to an agonised soul

Perplexed with dismay and despair

Facing the trauma of a life besieged with problems of aging and health

Its message is not to waver but put forth best effort

In the service of man even in a limited way

As the last days could also be best days at times

The mind cast in a mould of peace and content,

And God remains sheet-anchor in thought and deed.


Published by WholeDude

Whole Man - Whole Theory: I intentionally combined the words Whole and Dude to describe the Unity of Body, Mind, and Soul to establish the singularity called Man.

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  1. I would like to remember Babayya with this poem which he recited to me and my Son when we called to wish him a Happy 88th Birthday last year.

    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
    Where knowledge is free;
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
    domestic walls;
    Where words come out from the depth of truth;
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
    dreary desert sand of dead habit;
    Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought
    and action–
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

    — Rabindranath Tagore


  2. Great!

    Swargeeyya Suryanarayana Murthy garu is well known to me. I had the privilege of his poems read to me by the man himself many, many times.

    We had many occasions where we discussed the ideas he had and how he feels inadequate to put them on paper because of his physical disabilities.

    He lived a simple and great life. He was very independent in thought and deed, helped people till the end and never sought any kind of favours from others. His love for poetry, history and writing stayed with him till the end.

    I am sure god almighty has big plans for him in the heaven where he is headed right now.

    He will stay in my thoughts for the rest of my life.

    May god bless his soul!

    Satyadev Tallapaka


  3. Dear Mavayya,

    That is a very beatiful and touching poem in memory of my grandfather. I remember tatagaru to be an extremely dedicated and devoted person in all his duties. My memories about him take me back all the way to the house in Rajahmundry which I would visit during my school days. I would visit with my mom and remember the train journey, especially when it enters the long bridge over the river Godavari. I remember throwing coins into the river as my mom would say that would fulfil all our wishes and bring us good luck. I would then admire the hardwork of the cycle-rickshaw pullers and how they would struggle pulling the load under the Rajahmundry heat, and then the house with the huge backyard filled with eucalyptus trees. I must have been just 7 or 8 years old back then but those memories are still vivid in my mind.
    Tatagaru would always quiz us on English vocabulary and would give the winner a spoonful of sugar or something sweet and I always felt I was his favorite in this aspect:-) Those were really memorable days where I would bask under all the love and affection showered onto me by ammamma and tatagaru.

    Growing up I began to read his innumerable poems, but at that age I couldn’t quite comprehend what he was trying to convey. Today, I truly feel like reading those poems again in order to better appreciate them and relive his thoughts. I have also admired his knowledge of world history and geography. One only had to have patience to listen him out.
    I did talk to him a couple of times after coming to US and I was amazed by his memory and how he could recollect things about me. He always used to ask me when I would invite him to US. I guess that was his only wish left unfulfilled.

    We are all left at the mercy of God. It is only He who has the power and authority to give and take life. There have been moments when I do get these morbid thoughts of afterlife and what happens to our conscience, but I always inevitably end up resigning to fate. It does leave me with the realization of how precious this life is and how one must completely savor every moment of it, spread the love and affection in terms of manasa, vaacha and karma which ultimately acts as our Divine Garb covering us and taking us to the other side.




  4. Dear Rudra,
    I am happy I spoke to suribabu,as we call your father,a day before his 90th birthday;he was full of just for life and his voice came out strong and cheerful on the telephone;he said it is not ok to telephone and that I should visit him and spend some time;the next I heard was that he was admitted in the hospital;I prayed that he may end his avatar without polonged suffering and I along with several of his wellwishers were happy that God granted this wish of ours to him.
    May his soul rest in peace.


  5. Dear Bava Garu, Mavayya Garu was a very affectionate person. He could share a good joke with a hearty laugh. I always felt that I am conversing with an Intellectual, inspite of his really unassuming and humble personality. Yes Sir, he is indeed a legend and always will occupy a special place in our hearts. Our heartfelt condolenses to U and the rest of the family. – mallik


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