“When the first storm of divine passion blows,

The understanding of the Highest God dawns

And the mind is at rest.”(Foreword, 15)

Yu Hsi Many Splendoured Gems Poems by Justice S. Mohan, who is a well established name among  Indian-English poets and the president of world Academy of Arts and Culture has penned three more books of poetry (in English) entitled Genesis, Wild Blooms and Random Reflection, is a Chinese-English bilingual Anthology of poems by Yu His and Justice S. Mohan. It is not merely a book of poems but it is an album of attractive and luring snaps taken both by Yu His and Justice S. Mohan. The book is meticulously designed and nicely printed. So it naturally attracts the minds and touches hearts of the readers. Dr. Justice S. Mohan is a poet with an enormous poetic sensibility and staunch faith in spirituality and Buddhism. So many poems of the collection like ‘Hualian’, ‘Chant’, ‘Fruit’, ‘Pathways’, ‘Withhold from Deliverance’, ‘New Day’, ‘Cherish’, ‘Blossoming Music’ and ‘Vandana’ are concerned with Buddha or Buddhism. A few poems of the collection are addressed to Dr. Yu His, a flourished poet and bosom friend of Justice S. Mohan. The poet’s heart overflows with love to his friend and he says to his friend:

“When I see you, at the bottom of my heart;

To write the surge of feelings; I find no words!

…………………………………………

My precious Yu Hsi – my bosom friend;

Live ye long, long from Aeon to Aeon!”    (32-33)

As the comment of Dr. Yu Hsi is justified when he says, “The poet never occupies territories nor sets up boundaries and no land is foreign to him. Poetry is proficient at conveying ideas, portraying appearances, describing sounds and expressing emotions; it can penetrate the core of physical existence and direct to the depth of humankind’s knowledge and perception, too.”( 48)

Likewise the poems of the collection appeal to the people beyond the territories or boundaries and made them to experience the divine Buddhism which was once a called the light of Asia. The undercurrent of cosmopolitanism runs through most of the poems, for the poet strikes not the mind but the heart. As the true poetry is born in the heart and reaches to the heart. Justice Mohan is one of those poets who emphasize more and more to the celestial things of life and whose heart celebrates in the joy of spiritual awakening. So he says:

“Cherish the precious Buddha ever,

Tenderly within, O mind;

May you and I alone behold Him

Letting no one else intrude.” ( 188)

A good deal of poems in the collection are the captivating narration of nature, the poet where remains both sensuous and vivacious. Consider a few excerpts as:

“Myriad sweet notes of music, nature unfolds

Sweet concords of sounds endlessly roll,

Countless heavenly bodies of immense size

Floating in space, in mystical rise.(44)

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The smell was a sweet experience

When the rains fell softly on my roses,

The fragrance was alluring,

O rain, Rain, the sustainer, nourisher,

The whole world loves the Rains.” (140)

It is indisputably true that the poet Dr. Justice S. Mohan has played his part honestly, inheriting spirituality in his thoughts and actions and feeling the divine flame enkindled within him, so his poetry remains spiritually aromatic and thoughtfully spontaneous. The whole sum and substance of his oeuvres can be experienced in these lines when he says:

“Terrorism-knows no civilization

When will there a realization?

Sane thinking, peace and order shall better rule

Need any, justification to put an end to such enimity.”(158)

I wish the poet from the deepest core of my heart for such a lovely and marvelous book of verses. In the contemporary Parnassian world Justice Mohan has emerged as the unique phenomenon and the present nicely printed and designed book will certainly carve a distinct niche for his symphonic symbols, spiritual and universal appeal for global brotherhood and humanitarian concern for one and all.