After Enlightenment

In Ramana’s Cave

After you attain enlightenment
who will guard your remains
who will admonish visitors
to leave their shoes at the door
who will light incense in your memory
erect monuments in your name
honor the dates of your birth and death
and mark the day of your enlightenment
in the calendar of holies?

Maybe everyone
maybe no one
or maybe just one.


  1. Artina Heartflash 2 January 2012 9:46 am

    So beautifully stated. I wonder the same.
    Is not the legacy left to others more important than the name of who leaves it?
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. admin 2 January 2012 10:48 am

    and thank you for sharing too
    … whoever you are. ; )

  3. Rabbitfoot Raye…outlaw name 9 February 2012 10:31 pm

    It is not attaining enlightenment that one should remember you for…But for all those you touch thereafter.

  4. admin 9 February 2012 10:36 pm

    so well said, RR!
    a memorable ray(e) of enlightenment itself : )

  5. Pogo Heinz 27 July 2012 11:57 pm

    If one is fortunate enough to gain that very rare achievement, true ‘enlightenment,’ or annihilation in the Divine, surely there are no ‘remains’……. ?

  6. admin 28 July 2012 2:25 pm

    Good point… it just happens that in Tiruvannamalai a central focus of the ashram for Ramana Maharshi is his bodily “remains” (under a rock slab and cordoned off) – which devotees come to walk around in meditative remembrance. Anyway the poem is not so much in celebration of such, rather ironic observation of the irrelevance of it.

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