The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
For the Traveler
Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.
New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.
When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:
How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.
A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.
May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.
May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.
( This article was written in the year of 2009 when the Srilankan conflict was at its climax.But things have changed a lot in Srilanka now. We re-posted this article again for our readers).
Srilanka,the land once ruled by Kuber (God of prosperity) ,is now under the clutches of inevitable war.The war has caused serious damage to the country. Atrocities and violence are unleashed against the people.
The country is in chaos.Most of you might wonder why I chose to write about this country which is embroiled in internal conflicts a.In spite of all negativity around srilanka I want to write about this country as I share a close bond with this country.Though born in India i have been indirectly influenced by this country as my own father comes from Srilanka.
Srilanka is a Sanskrit word which is translated to “sacred land” .Many of us know all the devastating and disgusting facts about Srilanka.In this blog I decided to explore the positive aspects which we failed to gaze around.
If you want to understand a country,you should see both the positive and the negative aspects about it.Many of us not aware of the fact that srilanka ranks high in literacy.In the population ,93% are literate.In HDI(Human Development Index) it ranks at 99th place ( Mind our country ranks at 128th).Though the country involved in civilian war almost all the time,it managed to give compulsory education to 99 percent of its children.Really its an achievement! isn’t it??.
My father always tells me that the food of Srilanka is one of the delicious stuff .I never had a chance to relish myself on any Srilankan food.
They eat fish a lot ,almost every day (like our friends from Kerala).There are lot of similarities between Kerala and Srilanka.I think they may have some common ancient history between Kerala and Srilanka.
The Tea estates and coconut trees and fish food are few things quite common between these two places.Not to forget that the liquor consumption is quite high in both of these places when compared to other parts.The same goes with Tea production and consumption as well.
Srilanka contributes to 25% of Tea products in the world market.Even in fish and coconut products it is still a dominant country across Asia.
Srilankan diaspora is one of the strongest diaspora, spread across Australia to Canada,from Singapore to East European countries.
In particular people from Jaffna are known for their intelligence and work ethics.
As for as the tourism in srilanka,nothing can beat the pristine coastal beaches.The beaches of srilanka are amazing,Thanks to the conflicts,these beaches are not spoiled by human waves yet .Although it got affected by Tsunami waves in recent years.
For people who is interested in history and archeology ,srilanka has more than six heritage site ,
Pls refer the below link for further reference,
There are lot of religious places to visit.When you visit the Buddhist temple(in Colombo), dont forget to get a glimpse of the teeth which belongs to our Buddha.
Thats all I can write about srilanka now!.
All we can do now is to pray to god for peace in srilanka!
Let there be peace on My Father’s Nation!
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