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A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017

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A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017

  1. Write a poem about boundaries or a boundary.  Any length.

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 in the name of
tradition
culture
and religion
they make
boundaries of
hatred
culture
tradition
religion
color
caste and creed
for two lovers
and kill mindlessly
in the name of honor killing
now
we are
free from restrictions
shackles
no one can part us now
no one can put label
or cover us anymore
we are free from flesh
and from the boundaries it creates
we are immortal
eternal lovers

Saint Kabir

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Friday Fictioneers– Hosted by Rochelle Wisoff.

( My story is actually not fiction story but i take this prompt as an opportunity to write about my mother and my favorite poet.)

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma Thanks Shaktiki for this prompt, it reminded me of my childhood.

SAINT KABIR

Mother used to tell me stories of saints  while grinding spices and grains in the afternoon. My favorite was Saint Kabir’s.

She will sing his couplets and will explain its meaning.

She told me how Kabir was threatened by both Muslims and Hindus for criticizing them for their wrong interpretation of their religion.

She told me how that after his death Hindus and Muslims both went to claim his body but found nothing except some flowers instead of his body.

She explained that it is symbolic. Saints are above religion and caste. They are like flowers whose fragrance we should appreciate.

 

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There are numerous couplets/words of wisdom by Kabir, I remember two couplets prominently-

 

Pahan pooje hari mile, to mein poojo pahar

Taate ye chaki bhali peece khaye sansar.

(If one can meet God by worshiping stone then I’ll worship mountain. Grinding stone is better than that, at least world can grind grains and eat.)

Kankar, pathar jod ke Maszid layi chunay

Ta chade mulla bang de, kya bahara hua khuday

( With stones they build Maszid and shout his name from the roof top as if God has become deaf.)

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If God be within the mosque, then to whom does this world belong?
If Ram be within the image which you find upon your pilgrimage,
then who is there to know what happens without?
Hari is in the East, Allah is in the West.
Look within your heart, for there you will find both Karim and Ram;
All the men and women of the world are His living forms.
Kabir is the child of Allah and of Ram: He is my Guru, He is my Pir.

~ Kabir Translated by Rabindranath Tagore.

The Daily Post- Divide

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Religions were supposed to make man  loving, caring, understanding, compatible, harmonious as all religions teach and preach peace, love and brotherhood. Prayers are supposed to make man humble,altruistic but it has divided them. Filled them with superiority complex. Everyone thinks that their religion is supreme, what their belief is,is the best in the world. People are ready to kill each other in the name of religion and to impose their supremacy on others by forceful conversion.

More atrocities have been committed in the name of religion than for any other reason.~

pamelaBeurman
Actually religions don’t divide us. It’s the followers who divide humanity for their selfish reasons, for their greed for power and money. They take advantage of people ignorance and fear of god.
divide and rule you fools

said the power-hungry politicians, religious heads to their followers

if the common men unite they will destroy us
divide them in the name of caste, color and creed
divide them in the name of religion
divide them in the name of gender
divide them in the name of God
take advantage of their ignorance,their fear, their selfishness
their greed, their petty fights their lust
their greed for power and money
we can’t have the reign in our hands
till they are divided
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Daily Prompt- For Posterity

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Daily Prompt- For PosterityYour blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by? Write that post.

Wow! That’s a good news. I would like my new readers to read and remember me by the following post.

PLEA OF A CHILD

I am born innocent, full of love and peace.

I am born neither Hindu, Muslim, Christian nor Sikh, Jain or Buddhist.

You brand me with a label of religion without me knowing what a religion is.

Instead of teaching me love, friendship, compassion and compatibility, you teach me to hate people of other religions.

You teach me to hate people of other religion, ideology , colour, caste and creed.

I request all the teachers, parents and elder person, please stop teaching me anything.

There will be differences between us as no two people can think alike but we will manage.

We will play, fight and make up if we are not taught to carry on fights on the basis of ego and arrogance.

If you stop fighting with each other and start living in peace and harmony we will automatically learn that.

If you will give respect to people of other religion, caste and creed, you will not have to bother with teaching me anything as we children are  incarnation of love and peace.

The Child-Angel

They clamour and fight, they doubt and despair, they know no end
to their wrangling.
Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my
child, unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence.
They are cruel in their greed and their envy, their words are like
hidden knives thirsting for blood.
Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child, and let
your gentle eyes fall upon them like the forgiving peace of the
evening over the strife of the day.
Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning
of all things; let them love you and thus love each other.
Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my
child. At sunrise open and raise your heart like a blossoming
flower, and at sunset bend your head and in silence complete the
worship of the day.

‘Rabindranath Tagore’

Five Sentence Fiction – Fenced

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Five Sentence Fiction – Fenced

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Our houses had a common wall, a very big veranda covering both the houses without any wall to bar us from going to each other’s house whenever we like.

 

For years our different religions were not an obstacle in our close friendship and life was great fun celebrating all festivals together, going to market, school, and picnic together.

Who could have thought that a little dispute between two communities, which did not even concern us, will give way to a riot and mar our very old friendship?

A fence was raised overnight between our veranda to stop us children from going to each other’s house.

Do elder’s ever think how do we children feel when religions stand as a barrier between our friendship, how helpless, miserable we feel?

 

Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace Child/ PLEA OF A CHILD

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Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace Child

 PLEA OF A CHILD

I am born innocent, full of love and peace.

I am born neither Hindu, Muslim, Christian nor Sikh, Jain or Buddhist.

You brand me with a label of religion without me knowing what a religion is.

Instead of teaching me love, friendship, compassion, and compatibility, you teach me to hate people of other religions.

You teach me to hate people of other religion, ideology, color, caste, and creed.

I request all the teachers, parents and elder person, please stop teaching me anything.

There will be differences between us as no two people can think alike but we will manage.

We will play, fight and makeup if we are not taught to carry on fights on the basis of ego and arrogance.

If you stop fighting with each other and start living in peace and harmony we will automatically learn that.

If you will give respect to people of other religion, caste and creed, you will not have to bother with teaching me anything as we children are  incarnation of love and peace.

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The Child-Angel

They clamor and fight, they doubt and despair, they know no end
to their wrangling.
Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my
child, unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence.
They are cruel in their greed and their envy, their words are like
hidden knives thirsting for blood.
Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child, and let
your gentle eyes fall upon them like the forgiving peace of the
evening over the strife of the day.
Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning
of all things; let them love you and thus love each other.
Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my
child. At sunrise open and raise your heart like a blossoming
flower, and at sunset bend your head and in silence complete the
worship of the day.

Rabindranath Tagore

B4Peace- A Party For Peace.

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B4Peace- So this months challenge is to plan a party that will ripple peace to the world-Kozo

A Party For Peace.

I’m not a party person so the very idea of party  scares me, moreover, I never had a chance to organize a very big party as peace lovers are much more in numbers compared to those who are destroyer of peace. I’ve met thousands of people who wants peace in this world. All religions preach love, compassion and peace so how come there is so much unrest, terrorism, violence, wars in this world. How come handful of people in their greed of money and power can teach and spread so much hatred amongst people in the name of color, caste, creed and religion and if it can be taught so definitely love also can be taught.

I’ll request my wonderful friends Kozo, Archita and RaraSaur to help me organize the party and I’m sure these kind souls will help me.

All peace lovers are welcome to my place  with their great ideas of how to teach love and compassion and remove hatred from people’s mind. Since this is the party of peace lovers so there is going to be a lot of fun, music and food to suit everyone’s taste.  In the end we all will sing a song,

‘One Song’

of love, compassion , compatibility and peace.

 

 ‘One Song’- ‘Rumi’

Every war and every conflict between human beings
has happened because of some disagreement about names.

It is such an unnecessary foolishness,
because just beyond the arguing
there is a long table of companionship
set and waiting for us to sit down.

What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
Sunlight looks a little different on this wall
than it does on that wall
and a lot different on this other one,
but it is still one light.

We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we are pouring them back in.

Link for some wonderful posts-

1- Party Time: Rara Saur

2- Monthly peace Challenge; KOZO

3- Robert Jones

Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 11 – Remake!

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Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 11 – Remake!

 Remake/ Change

If I have the power to remake

I’ll change everything which is fake

The attitude of people towards life

towards environment, poverty, religion

and their consumption of natures gift

without sharing equally,

which will lessen their strife.

Then I’ll remake the nature of law about death

Let death come with all its novelty

to carry on nature’s law

but

Let old age keep its

innocence, fearlessness, and cheer

like a child

it will make death less fearful and

make its impact mild.

 

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Aspiration

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There comes a stage or rather age in life

Where aspiration, expectations, and needs

All merge into each other and you aspire,

Expect and need a world,

Without hunger, poverty and sickness

A world

Without boundaries, discrimination and terrorism

A world full of

Love, compassion,  and friendship

A world where religion is compatibility and respect for each other

A religion which embraces every one with open heart.

 

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Through life and strife, all may still thrive.

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Prime my subconscious, one hint at a time

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Frank J. Tassone

haikai poetry matters

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Canadian/Norwegian Blogger & Freelance Writer

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Everyday musings ....Life as I see it.......my space, my reflections and thoughts !!

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DIARY OF A SOCIALLY AWKWARD GIRL.

A Life Less Ordinary With SauraBhavna

Fight for the fairytale, it does exist

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living life in conscious reality

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quirks, quips & photo clicks

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Tripping the world, slowly

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Alternative haven for the Daily Post's mourners!

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Where writers gather

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From Confusion to Self Discovery

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