Lead, Kindly Light

This week, we celebrate the festival of lights. As with many other traditions and customs, the transcendental message of spirituality has given way to a ritualistic expression of joy in various forms.

I respect the rights of those who want to observe the occasion in a way.

I respect equally the rights of those who worry about environmental hazards and noise pollution.

Who am I to judge what is right and what is wrong?

I will just reproduce a beautiful poem for you to read, introspect, and ponder:

Lead, Kindly Light by John Henry Newman

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,–
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene,–one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Should lead me on:
I loved to choose and see my path, but now
Lead thou me on!
I loved the garish days, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on;
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

John Henry Newman

The poem has been translated into many languages. Here is a Kannada rendition by Ms. M D Pallavi.  The translation is by the great Kannada poet Shri. B M Srikantiah.


May your lives be lit by the light of wisdom.


Dilshad and Krishna





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