BOOK: AMMA’S GOSPEL POETRY by Rajender Krishan / Review by Leonard Dabydeen


BOOK: AMMA’S GOSPEL POETRY by Rajender Krishan

  • Publisher : Setu Publication (October 23, 2020)
  • Publication date : October 23, 2020
  • Language: : English
  • Print length : 168 pages
  • Paperback $7.25    Kindle:  $3.08     $13.75 USD 
  • ISBN-13: 9781947403116
  • ISBN-10: 1947403117


WISDOM manifests itself with AGE and becomes TIMELESS

This book, Amma’s Gospel Poetry by venerable prolific poet, and Boloji editor, Rajender Krishan, is a magnum opus caviar of sacrosanct  approbation of human epiphany in the art of living. The good news emboldened in the orio bouquet of 45 poems resonate in tandem with slokas from the Bhagavad Gita. They resonate akin to mantras or bhajans with illuminating expressions of love for fellow man, compassion for the lowly and lost, wisdom to do the things you ought to do, and wisdom to refrain when it’s wise to do so. There is a rich fragrance of Gandhian spiritual acumen of words, thoughts and deeds in humanitarism as you read page by page. The illustratons and artistry complementing the poems are enhanced by artist, Niloufer Wadia.

This book, Amma’s Gospel Poetry is intrinsically a memorabilia tribute to author Rajender’s ma (Amma ji), Shrimati Ratan Devi (1900-1982). The author often reminisces of times during India’s partition period (1947) and how his Amma became so exacerbated in living as a migrant in her own country. In About the Book (p5), the author exhorts that with Amma ji, he “ tries to capture the spirit of age through the eyes and words and the innocuous counsels of worldly-wise knowledge and insight of old ma – Amma ji.” And in his poems, Author Rajender evokes perspicuity of human vagaries of life and affiliations, the emblematic “where the old woman enters so often and gives discourse.” Often in his own multifaceted dilemma, he would end up evoking Amma. In essence, “Mother is never an individual but a collective symbol of harmony and sorority. She is the quintessence of patience, tolerance and love for human kind…” (About the Book, p5).  Mother visualizes human living conditions, their coronation in the platitudes of survival day after day, the massaging of good, bad and indifferences with self, others, and contextual family disambiguations.

In the words of Kahlil Gibran, ‘He who loses his mother, loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly”. In the words of Dr. A.P.J. Kalam “Never ignore your mother who loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day, you might wake up from your sleep and realize that you lost the moon while counting the stars.”

This book, Amma’s Gospel Poetry concatenates the author’s Amma ( Amma ji) as the primordial guru of society, the complete harness of family harmony , as in deha-mata (birth mother), desa-mata (mother nation), bhu-mata (mother earth), veda-mata (mother veda) and go-mata (mother-cow). The poems are free versification to trend in the evocative mind-full cohesiveness of the author as he reflects on Amma ji.

Take a read of this poem (p 32):

Primordial energy
The sound of silence
The only verse
Manifesting eternally
The Universe.”

This poem reflects on the sacrosanct life salutation and inner meaning of man, according to Brahma. In the echo of iconoclastic poet-saint, revered by author Rajender Krishan, OM is symbolic of the eternal song of divinity immersed in the core of our inner being.

In this poem, Namaste (p 34, first stanza):

“Salutations to the One
That pervades the entire Cosmos”

The author dwells on the vagaries and vignettes of Life, of love, light, truth, harmony – all encompassing fecundity of humility, compassion, and fortitude.

This book, Amma’s Gospel is a rich spiritual and divine adventure of deep philosophic peregrinations. In my own fraternity of life, my own past seems to unfold in the gospel principles enunciated by author Rajender Krishan. Growing up in the mid-twentieth century in colonial Guyana, I was under the civilizational optics of my grandmother (my BIG MA). She could not read, nor write, but enabled me to become the arrow that shoots for the sky. Like author, Rajender Krishan, my BIG MA often resonates in my memory.

This book in your hand is worth two in your library. A must read.



REVIEWER: Leonard Dabydeen, a Guyanese-Canadian literary critic, freelance writer, member of Muse India (YS), MetVerse Muse Executive Critic (India), Published author, Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems (2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems (2015). Blog:

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