Hi folks Surinder Bonsor has graciously presented this guest presentation to share with you my friends. Surinder is a war veteran and enjoys a socially active life with keen a interest in philosophy and spirituality”. His words “This poem, flowing from the heart, seems to be a universal voice as we grow old and near our end. All souls, though unaware, want to meet their Real Creator, the Eternal Bliss.”

My Prayer

My Prayer

AS I grow old and old,
I want to behold,
THAT power that has a hold upon the young and old;
And holds together vast spaces, suns and all,
In perfect harmony,
To the wondrous amusement of all,
His creations big and small and infinite,
Go round and round in time and space with His command,
Not knowing the One behind this all.

AS I grow old and old,
I wonder what brought me here upon the firmament,
To toil and sweat for food and happiness.
My hunger was quenched with ease,
But happiness was not seen upon the land.
I struggled to find peace and happiness all through life,
But found suffering, pain and war.
Greed of man has snatched the Happiness away.
Each satisfaction brought delight, though pain followed in its way.
I know not what to do, to please my Soul,
In search for eternal Bliss and Happiness?

AS I grow old and old,
I realize this world is not what I want!
It is only a dance of light, energy and thoughts,
Moving around in forms, colours and sound,
To the delight of many and pain to victims of fate.
What use to toil when nothing I can take;
Leaving behind the Body here to merge in original state!
Dust to dust is the tale.

AS I grow old and old,
It dawns upon me what a fool I was!
The Body was given me to return home,
But I wasted it chasing the world of dreams.
Fleeting pleasures I got in plenty,
And thus got lost in the snare of desires, anger and greed
That bound me to the grave.
Not knowing, Real Happiness is not in the chase,
I gave away actions divine that please my Soul.

AS I grow old and old,
Many friends and associations I lose,
Tossed about, like driftwood, upon the turbulent river of life,
Drifting together for a while, we part to be seen no more.
What use it was to attach to things and beings,                        
That belonged not to me and taken away in a sway!
I came and leave without attachments,
That sure, is the way!

As I grow old and old,
I begin to realize, life is a game to play,
To play it well is all that I can do.
To win or lose is not to be thought about,
To the hidden Force within, I surrender,
And shoot the arrow towards my Goal.
That takes me to the Beholden!


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

28 responses »

  1. sindhoooo says:

    We come here to play and to enjoy playing without any expectations… It is the ultimate truth!! Touching lines by Surinder… Thanks for this guest post.
    The Arts & Me

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  2. “Karmanye vaadhikaaryaste..ma phalesu kathachana” … I hope I quoted it right. After having struggled with all those eternally gnawing questions, one eventually does reach this conclusion….we know so little of what all this all about..living our lives with love seems to be the only thing that we can do with certainty of bringing us peace. Thanks for shring this poem Dilip.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Beautiful response Nadira. The knowledge which we think we possess is not even a speck in the vast universe.

      In Osho’s words “To me there is nothing more sacred than love and laughter, and there is nothing more prayerful than playfulness!

      I am sure our Guest writer will appreciate your gracious response. Thank you and best wishes to you.



      • ssbonsor says:

        Yes, indeed, as Nadira pointed out, we know so little about God and His wondrous Creations. Even the Vedas say that we cannot know God by any means except through His ‘Kripa’ and His Kripa is possible only through ‘Cleansing’ by ‘Sadhana’ and ‘Bhakti’. I believe we must strive to know God because that is the purpose of our life.


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  3. This is such a beautiful poem. Surprisingly somehow wisdom dawns in the later years, Loved the words that we came and will leave without attachments, as we conveniently chose to forget it and attachments bind us throughout, which is also needed as we have to survive. So as he says life is a game , we need to play the game well . Thanks for sharing this post.

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  5. ssbonsor says:

    Dear Dilip, This is third attempt to post my heart felt thanks for your kindness in posting “My Prayer” as a guest post. My thanks to all viewers also. Hope this goes through. Have a good day, my dear friend.

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  6. I love this post of Surinda’s And it speaks with wisdom as we grow older we begin to understand all that toil as we reach out for material gain, is nothing compared with the surrender and letting go, for the peace we find within..
    For at the end, we only take that which resides within our hearts..
    Many thanks for sharing.. Love and Blessings

    I have not seen a post update from him in my email box or reader Dilip.. Would you be so kind as to add his blog link to your reply my friend..
    I follow so many and it may have got lost amongst the backlog I am working through.. He is such a wonderful Gentleman.. and I say Gentle-Man.. for his kindness and thoughtfulness is delightful..

    Blessings to you and Youre Dilip Sue ❤

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  7. Binky says:

    A very insightful look at life’s journey and our ever changing perspective.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Heta Gala says:

    nice and interesting 🙂

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