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In his short book Nirvana, psychiatrist Dr Samir Parag Heble uses a novel approach – namely poetry – to give us a lesson in the ancient Buddhist discipline of mindfulness, which is the ability to fully embrace the present moment unconditionally and non-judgmentally. His intent in doing so is clear. Each poem in itself is a brief medication, using simple poetic language and images to give a taste of the blissful emotional state the practice of mindfulness is meant to help us achieve.
Dr Heble is extremely brave in using poetry for this purpose, as the good poet always reveals something of himself or herself in their poems. In Nirvana, Dr Heble is no exception. The tone of the poems is intensely personal, as he relates his own experience of meditation, the joys of nature and children, friendship, love, regret and death.
Nirvana is unique in another respect, in that a French and English version is presented of each poem. With an undergraduate degree in French literature, I feel really privileged to be able to enjoy them in both languages.
My two favorite poems are “The Breath of Life” and “A Dance with the Senses.” The language of the first is elegantly simple but full of rich images that contrast the playfulness, simplicity and purity of the mindful state with the cluttered, “tainted” brain that makes real happiness elusive. The second describes a walk in the woods with the senses wide open and is full of rich images.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is having difficulty learning to meditate (or disciplining themselves to do it daily) or practicing mindfulness as part of psychotherapy. The simple but sensory rich perspective each poem offers on the human condition makes each one an ideal starting point for meditation.
For life is meaningless it seems,
For she is dead, the beautiful
Death, that lives in his heart
She has killed him before,
But not like this,
Not in love, and not in kiss,
And then she leaves like
Yesterdays sun, morning dew, and love.
One fleeting kiss is given today,
To seal his fate of love,
For an eternity he lives,
But today he dies,
To live his life in misery.
Like all people do on Earth,
But for him, it seems impossible,
For he has done nothing wrong,
Like all people do he has lusted,
And thought about what he has done,
To deserve this pain called love.
I am telling you this today,
For he cannot,
The Devil is waiting,
As he always is,
For her to come back,
And lust again, like they once did, so very long ago.
Her name was Death, his was Devil,
A perfect match in Hell,
But then she killed him,
Now all that remains,
Besides a single kiss,
That ended it all,
Is a little thing that,
MOST sweet it is with unuplifted eyes
To pace the ground, if path there be or none,
While a fair region round the traveller lies
Which he forbears again to look upon;
Pleased rather with some soft ideal scene, 5
The work of fancy, or some happy tone
Of meditation, slipping in between
The beauty coming and the beauty gone.
If Thought and Love desert us, from that day
Let us break off all commerce with the Muse: 10
With Thought and Love companions of our way,—
Whate’er the senses take or may refuse,—
The mind’s internal Heaven shall shed her dews
Of inspiration on the humblest lay.
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)