Some lines of deep thought, solitude and contemplation I’d read recently, took me back to this poem.
Taught to us by the ever-patient Mrs. Arora in Class 10. Thirty years ago.
Almost every word difficult, every word underlined for meaning.
The line that stayed with me was--
“Jivan ka antim dhyey svayam jeevan hai”
Thanks to googledevta, I found the entire poem here:
(The title in our text book was Parshuram ke Updesh.Yes, I remember.)
The verse has the mighty roar of battle in the way the words build up.
It took me all these years to understand the meaning.Somewhat understand.
This is just that critical stanza, my version with due apologies:
The purpose of life is not fame or wealth
Not peace, not a search for truth, not even an insight divine
Not science, not knowledge, not mighty strength nor philosophy
In the final summing up, the purpose of life is life itself.