Path of Wisdom
The tempest of heat in full swing
Has yet to dampen my aspirations.
Since I learned to live in hot and cold,
I imbibe the pleasures of both.
Life is not a cakewalk for most,
But mined with splinters of glass.
Though it encounters harm and afflictions,
Still, the brave spirit never perishes.
The paths converging and diverging
Are passages intrinsic to a man’s life.
If he cannot reconcile the twists,
The battle is lost before even waged.
Life does not stream the same way.
Outlooks to life mature as a tree grows –
Tenderness blooms into strength
That no passing wind can sway.
Tormented are the minds of many men.
Equanimity is present in men of wisdom.
Compassion is the path to embark on
To revive contentment in heat and cold.
(Pramod Rastogi is an Emeritus Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is the 2014 recipient of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award. He is also a guest Professor at the IIT Gandhinagar, India.)
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