Holi-The wellspring of joy

February 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm 16 comments

The golden sun beam piercing the morning haze spreads a cosy warmth on the pristine earth.  The gentle northerly breeze wafts the fragrance of a thousand flowers as its countless hues carpet the ground till the horizons. The sweet chirping of the cuckoo birds strike a lingering melodious note of a bygone era. And the scented countryside is bustling with the harvest of many a bountiful crop spilling the granaries with lustrous grains. The days are getting longer and brighter and it’s that time of the year when nature decks up to unravel her beauty, most grandeur!  Rejoice, the celestial season of  Basant, the Spring, is here yet again, filling every heart with unfathomable joy and glorious bliss!

The season of Basant also enlivens the mystical and divine romance, enacted by the Lord, through colourful dance set to rapturous music. The Rasa Leela captures the myriad shades of  love that the Gopis nurtured towards their beloved and the pangs and agonies caused by their separation from him, that invariably follow.  They long to hold the Lord closest to their hearts but the playful One gives them a slip, everytime And Radha embodies the eternal quest for that nectarine sweetness of supreme love and the human predicament that prevents the final merger. Basant, in many ways, is also a celebration of unadulterated love, victorious of its many trials, victorious of, to borrow a phrase,  the “Ishaq Ka Imtihan”.

The natural adjunct to the season of colours is the festival of colours, the “Holi”.  With a riot of dazzling shades, deafening music and unrestrained revelry,  Holi is one occasion when man lets go his self-imposed importance and indulges in joyful inter-mingling without inhibitions. The colour on the faces is a great leveller that erases the distinction between the boss and the subordinate, between the ruler and the ruled, and, between the prosperous and the dispossessed.  And herein lay the egalitarian message of the festival and its loud affirmation on the essential and underlying unity of all creations that is beyond the multiplicity of the manifested world.

Oh, what a season, what an occasion, what a festival and what a message…. I am getting my “Pichkari” ready, what about you?




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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ASIT MANOHAR  |  February 22, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I am trying to find the place where I can hide from your pichkari. After all, Holi hai bhai!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2. rekha  |  February 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I always believe the different seasons bring out the best of emotions from within us… Spring does bring a joie de vivre unmatched by the other seasons! That’s why I call ‘us’ in the Gulf emotionally-detached people 🙂 seven months of scorching summer and a very mild winter… and once in a blue moon rains! Enjoy spring while it lasts… lovely post!

  • 3. Rubi  |  February 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Hahahaha…. light and breezy read… just like the breeze of spring… Keep it up!

  • 4. Narayanan  |  February 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for the comments.

  • 5. Viny  |  February 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm


    This season has inspired many writers and poets. How can the season elude you from wrting. It reminded me of my native place as well. Holi is a season of togetherness. At my new residence, I am going to play holi with some neighbours who are unknown to me.

    Have a blast and enjoy every moment of this season 🙂

  • 6. umesh kumar  |  February 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Good one Mr Poet….

  • 7. Balakrishnan  |  February 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    There is a fresh breath of synergy with nature in your style of narration. There is an element of harmony and ambiance in it. It tends to take one closer to the subtlety of creation. It ushers in the awakening of the docile, dormant and supple sentiments of an otherwise busy, bustling life where niceties have hardly any place. Well said. Keep it up. We want more.

    I once came across what Khusrau, the famous sufi-poet of the thirteenth century, composed verses on Basant:

    Aaj basant manaalay, suhaagan, Aaj basant manaalay
    Anjan manjan kar piya mori, lambay neher lagaalay Tu kya sovay neend ki maasi, So jaagay teray bhaag, suhaagun, Aaj basant manaalay. Oonchi naar kay oonchay chitvan,
    Ayso diyo hai banaaye Shah Amir tuhay dekhan ko, nainon say naina milaaye, Suhaagun, aaj basant manaalay.

    Celebrate Basant today, O bride, Celebrate Basant today
    Apply kajal to your eyes, and decorate your long hair
    Oh why are you the servant of sleep? Even your fate is wide awake, Celebrate Basant today O high lady with high looks,
    That is how you were made When the king looks at you, your eyes meet his eyes, O Bride, Celebrate Basant today.

    Mr Narayanan seems to have gone one step ahead and brought in the scent and aroma of nature right up to our doorsteps. Thanks.

  • 8. Manju  |  February 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Season filled with beauty of Flowers
    Nature’s might and scenic powers
    Lord, fill the world with serene showers
    Cos, it’s the season of colors

  • 9. amit bhatia  |  February 26, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Steadily as the spring comes , trees bare themselves open for the spring to engulf with leaves and flowers and take them far away from the soorws that severe winter does bring.
    Good show !!Keep writing .

  • 10. Dona  |  February 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    It was a pleasure reading this piece. Keep writing for people like us who look forward to such breaks from monotony.

  • 11. Handbags For Less  |  April 10, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I just like the style you took with this topic. It is not often that you simply find a subject so concise and informative.

  • 12. Vidya  |  March 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for linking to this post. The smell of rain is what comes to mymind on reading this beautiful write-up- FRESH!

  • 13. Ameet Kothari  |  March 9, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Beautiful description of Nature…

  • 14. Sushmita Sahay  |  March 29, 2021 at 10:07 am

    A very nice and breezy read on the season… Imagine me reading it 11years later on Holi! 😊😊🙏🏻

  • 15. Krishna  |  March 29, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Beautiful dear Narayananji 😊 Happy Holi to you too 😊💕


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