The fact that ancient Indian texts possess precious wisdom that is still waiting to be revealed is a fact known to many. When an author tries to translate these texts or write his lessons from these treasures of wisdom, the text becomes invaluable. With 108 meditative poems about the reality experience based on two Indian texts – Yoga Vasistha and Ashtavakra Gita – Shadows of the Fragmented Moon by Shubhrangshu Roy is a collection of poems that appeals to the reader on a subconscious level.
According to the book, poetry rejuvenates the tired mind to think and eventually speak straight. The author reveals the several layers of the being that a human being is, verse by verse, digging deep into the complexity of the mind and the sense of existence.
“Stock in stock, your anger
Creates choices, rich in imagination
Deep sleep when, Awake wide open
To experience whatever it builds, Thought for thought
To know this, to do as you wish, to know well, that’s all in the mind, ”Roy writes, putting into words the mind’s reason – how the thought becomes imagination and continues to expand, even if it is only in the mind. The author brings out the illusion of the mind that creates reality when he is awake and fantasies when one dreams. He talks about the vortices of time that appear and dissolve in the imagination and how the mind is a small fragment of the universe – still largely undiscovered and obscured by the human eye.
Through his poem entitled Brahman, he conveys the fact that age, dignity, arrogance, religious identities – all are the function of the beautiful mind. “Brahman is me, Mussalman is me too, Hanuman is me, superman is me too”, he writes to define how identities are linked to beings when they become part of the mortal world. The author explores the idea of God as in the mind, the idea of life and death perceived by the mind – the pain that comes with it. He subtly suggests to the readers to let go of the worldly delusions and “just be” and to exist in freedom. After all, as Roy puts it towards the end of the book, “Rituals are for demons, the gods are truly free.”
The shadows of the fragmented moon
Penguin Random House
Pp 212, Rs 350