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Die as if lived forever

Life is beautiful
Happiness is state of mind
Spiritual pursuit elevates soul 
Alexander too departed with empty hand

Happiness is state of mind
Emperors too faced gloom’s wrath
Alexander too departed with empty hand
Eventually all is ash 

Emperors too faced gloom’s wrath
Mahavira renounced Kingdom in search of Peace
Eventually all is ash
Live to Die with grace  

Mahavira renounced kingdom in search of Peace
Temporal pursuits increase senses hunger 
Live to die with grace
Die as if lived forever 

Temporal pursuit increase senses hunger
Spiritual pursuit elevates soul
Die as if lived forever
Life is beautiful

Notes :

Alexander the Great  is the most celebrated Greek King, known for vast conquests, ruled  
one of the largest empire in ancient history.

Mahavira, son of King Siddartha and Queen Trishla, ruled kingdom, now part of Bihar ( a 
State of India). At the age of 30, Mahavira renounced his kingdom, gave up his his princely 
possessions and spent 12 years as an ascetic. He went on to establish the central tenets of 
Jainism. He was the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara.

© Hitendra Mehta

Place : Honorable Mention
Entry for Members contest – Pantoum by Paula Swanson

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  1. Date: 12/13/2010 12:46:00 PM
    Hi. Thanks for your kind comment and for the history lesson in this majestic piece. Best of luck in the contest. Eamon

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 11:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Hitendra in Paula's Pantoum contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 8:50:00 PM
    Just beautiful Hitendra. Many congratulations for this win.

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 11:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest...Sara

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 8:42:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing this great poem based on your culture with us, Hitendra. And congratulations on your placement in the contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 7:31:00 AM
    Congrats Hitendra on your HM in Paula's Pantoum contest with this vibrant write and win my friend.. enjoy your special honor with luv ..

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 6:00:00 AM
    I have written a poem Kanhapatra, a Indian myth on Lord Vithal or Pandurangam. Please let me know if you can add more information on that after reading it.Hitendra

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 5:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest of Paula, Hitendra. Not seen much on PS. Hope everything is fine

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 3:34:00 AM
    nice one. ---Amaan

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 12:14:00 AM
    Loved this one

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 10:22:00 PM
    It's such an inspiring and educative poem Hitendra. I love history's personages such as ALex the Great and Mahavira. Alex the Great faced death at a very young age. Mahavira was even greater than he...he didn't seek other kingdoms but peace. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day and thanks for your heartfelt comments. Love and peace, Andrew.

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 1:46:00 PM
    Outstanding entry, Hitendra. Excellent Pantoum. Good luck. Enjoyed. Thanks for the congrats on my worst poem. Will be out of contact till 12 Dec. Going on a cruise without my computer. Have a super Thanksgiving. Ralph

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 11:12:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry today Hitendra. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving if you observe the holiday. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 6:49:00 AM
    Enjoyed the read and historical write.

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 6:40:00 AM
    Absolutely magnificent write Hitendra.. thankxxxx for the foot note too in explanation..luv.. good luck in Paula's wonderful contest.. this one speaks for itself luv..

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 5:53:00 PM
    Good job and good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 4:39:00 PM
    Wow, I really am taken in by this poem, it's amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 4:08:00 PM
    Empty Apartment story is a real story I know of in Baroda, Gujarat

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 3:07:00 PM
    Good day, Hitendra how are you, love the beauty of your poem,, strange title that drew me in.. A very beautiful write with truthful meaning sure enjoyed,,, thanks for the notation as well! Good luck in the contest,..p.d.