SUBRAMANIA BHARATI’S WORD OF POWER
Monday, September 11th, is Bharati Day. So here is a tribute to the Poet-Preceptor:
the poems of Bharati,
you would experience instant
freedom from Fear;
your inhereing potential
will multiply manifold;
and the woes of the world-process
would become insignificant.
Surely you would attain to
a state of supreme valour
and your Intellect would turn subtle
to measure the dimensions
of the ethereal particle even ….
--- Sage TGN
Subramanaia Bharati (1882-1921) was the Poet Militant of the Indian National Struggle for Freedom from foreign yoke and he was a social revolutionary far ahead of his times who tirelessly campaigned for the cause of Egalitarianism and Women’s Liberation. Above all, he was an Enlightened Sage who could communicate his spiritual experience to those who established communion with him.
The energy-field of Bharati is operating in the Universal space even today and it has the immediate effect of expelling Fear from the mind. This finding of mine was confirmed conclusively in a number of instances. I shall relate just two cases :
Early one morning, a girl whom I had not met before, turned up at
my residence, with an air-letter from her husband in her hand. I
recollected having seen him at a few of my Talks and he was an earnest
listener. They had been married for two years, but it took that long for him to
make arrangements for her travel to the
The girl then proceeded to relate to me how there was stiff opposition to her marriage from both families and how she had suffered as a result. It took full two hours for her to pour out her woes and I gave her a patient hearing. When the clock struck ten she got up and said, “I will take leave, Sir, thank you ever so much”. In some surprise I enquired, “But what about the problem you came with?” And she replied cheerfully, “Oh, the fear left me within five minutes of my coming here. Bharati-Sakthi has worked, Sir!” It was a happy moment.
In another instance, a woman in her twenties had had a mortal dread of the dark right from her childhood. Neither her parents nor the other elders in the family could do anything to cure her of this phobia and they had all become reconciled to it. This lady attended a programme conducted in her town where I spoke at length on Bharati’s Kannan songs as mellifluous records of deep spiritual experiences. The lady came to see me on the next day and told me in wonderment that the decades-old fear of the dark had vaporised as it were; and she actually felt the phobia leaving her as she listened to Bharati’s delineation of the ordeals of the soul trapped in the dense forest of the world-process coming to end when the soul called out to Kannan for redemption. This lady has found fulfilment in devoting herself to spiritual service ever since.
When such occurrences coming to my notice started multiplying, it struck me that there could have been many similar demonstrations in Bharati’s time, when those who came into contact with his personality were instantly inspired with courage. And sure enough, it was so. Poet Bharatidasan (1891-1964) was eyewitness to one event and he has recorded it in graphic detail in a simple and spontaneous poem of his, the English rendering of which I am giving below :
A lad of tender years,
he was weighed down with misery,
as he trudged along the street
in the gait of an aged man
infirm and hunch-backed.
and he hurried to us and stood
paying obeisance ;
Iyer now told him straight :
“Walk with straightened chest.
Look at the rooster there
going in front of you!”
The spoken word lit a flame
in the boy’s mind
and his earlier hunched posture
dropped off him totally.
With his head held high
and sporting a flowering smile,
he marched on his way
like a trained soldier!
Bharatidasan had the highest reverence for Bharati and he used to refer to his Preceptor as “Iyer”, which word in Tamil means “Chieftain”. From the scene described by him, we are able to deduce two aspects : (i) Bharati’s spoken word lifted the burden off the boy’s mind, and (ii) it induced happiness in him. Such was the Power of the Sage. Has not Swami Vivekananda said : “Out of Purity and Peace comes the Word of Power”? May we be worthy of Bharati’s Grace which would sustain us through life and enable and equip us to realise the Goal of Birth …..
- Excerpt from Sage TGN’s Talk on ‘Bharati the Philosopher’
(Bharatidasan’s Poem in Tamil rendered into English by Sage TGN)