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DARSHAN ACADEMY POETRY FEST 2017

In Memory of the Gracious Master Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj [1921-1989]

I have learned to cherish all creation as my own,
Your message of love is the very meaning
of my life.
Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj

Sant-Darshan-Singh-Ji-Maharaj Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921-1989) is known as a great poet-saint and one of India’s foremost poets of mystic verse in the Urdu language. Two of his published poetry collections, Manzil-e-Noor (Abode of Light) and Matah-e-Noor (Treasure House of Light) won him prestigious Urdu Academy Awards. When the government of India produced a compendium of mystic literature, its anthology included many of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj's writings. His poems began being broadcast on national radio when he was only seventeen.

During Sant Darshan Singh Ji’s four world tours, he was presented with the keys to many cities and was honoured by the Colombian parliament with its Medal of Congress and by the Congress of the United States with citations of merit.

He worked tirelessly to spread the message of human unity and peace throughout the world and published books translated into over fifty languages. He emphasized what he called positive mysticism, pursuing spiritual goals while fulfilling all our obligations to family, society, and the world. Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj was imbued with love for all creation. Divine love was his hallmark and was reflected in his every word and action.

An All Darshan Academy Poetry Writing and Recitation Fest is being organized in remembrance of the great mystic poet Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaja. The following activities are being conducted in all the schools:

Poetry Recitation

The event will be organized in the following categories:

  • Group 1: Nursery & KG
  • Group 2: Class I & II
  • Group 3: Class III & IV
  • Group 4: Class V & VI
  • Group 5: Class VII & VIII
  • Group 6: Class IX & X
  • Group 7: Class XI & XII
  • Group 8: Teachers
  • Group 9: Parents & Grandparents

For Nursery to grade II ( i.e. groups 1 & 2) , the poem for recitation should be selected from the poems enclosed in Annexure 2.

For groups 3 to 9 the poem for recitation can be selected from the attached Annexure 1 Or any other poem by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj.

The best recitation from each group is to be recorded. This should be saved in CD/DVD and sent to DEF.

The recording of poems received from the schools will be judged on the following parameters:

  • Pronunciation and accent (10 pts)
  • Expression/Feeling (10 pts)

The best entries in each group across DAs will be awarded:

  • First Prize
  • Second Prize
  • Third Prize

The poem should be recited and not be sung like a song. Students may be given 1 mark in the next internal assessment as part of reading project. Participant should say their own name, class, name of the school, name of the book and poem before recitation on the CD/DVD. In case of young students, the teacher may do this.

Poetry Writing

  • Group 1: Class III & IV
  • Group 2: Class V & VI
  • Group 3: Class VII & VIII
  • Group 4: Class IX & X
  • Group 5: Class XI & XII
  • Group 6: Teachers
  • Group 7: Parents

The event is to be organized during Enrichment period (zero period).

Required 100% participation by students in all academies.

Participants can submit their composition/s either in Hindi or English or in both.

The best three entries of each group will be sent to DEF from each academy.

Entries may be submitted in one of the following forms.

  • Original neat handwriting
  • Typed on A4 Sheet
  • Soft Copy

The top three entries in each group from amongst all entries submitted by the schools will be awarded.

Participants can write a poem on any topic from the Darshan Academy Spiritual Curriculum. Students may compose their poem on any one of the topics of the Spiritual Curriculum, in Hindi or English. If they wish they can combine a few or all of the topics into a cohesive whole (not fragmentary) .

The Poems received from the schools will be judged on the following parameters:

  • Adherence to and treatment of theme(10 pts)
  • Creativity (10 pts)
  • Use of Language(10 pts)

The best entries in each category across Darshan Academies will be awarded:

  • First Prize
  • Second Prize
  • Third Prize

Annexure 1:

Ghazals by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj for Poetry Fest 2017

                
GHAZAL-1 FROM LOVE AT EVERY STEP

The very air is dancing, and the cup itself
        Is in ecstasy,
For today you have come with the message 
        Of spring.

I have learned to cherish all creation as my own,
Your message of love is the very meaning 
       Of my life.

Your abode is so exalted,
That morning and evening the sun and the moon
     Offer salutations at your threshold.

In the journey of love there comes a point
Where even the most proud bend their heads
     On their own.

To make the whole world drink of divine love,
O Darshan, the Cupbearer of the heavens 
has come among us here on earth.


                
GHAZAL-2 FROM LOVE AT EVERY STEP

Heart to heart and soul to soul----
   That is a true meeting.
Passing each other, coming and going, is not 
   Even an encounter.

The moth was speechless, and the flame was silent;
In the entire assembly there were only two
   Who shared this secret.

A glance of grace is the cure for all pains
       Of the world.
But alas, from where can I secure such a glance of love?

It is my intense desire, O Darshan,
  That when remembered,
My life is recalled with the lives
Of the enlightened mystics.



                
GHAZAL-3 FROM LOVE  AT  EVERY  STEP

This quivering, glistening tear on your eyelashes
  Is a star falling from the azure sky;
A drop of mercury, sparkling and full of warmth,
  Or a lustrous pearl emerging from its shell.

It is a charm which binds onlookers with a spell,
  A dewdrop which trembles on the blooming rose at dawn.
 It is a radiant atom touched by the golden rays
   Of the sun; indeed, it is unrivalled and unparalleled in life.

The eternal Cupbearer’s bowl is overflowing,
   And your tear embodies eternal love and grace
  The loving remembrance of those you hold dear,
    Drawing life from every vein, issues from your eyes.

Transformed into a priceless pearl
  Through the alchemy of love,
This tear, this wondrous tear, lights the way 
  To our communion with God.



                
GHAZAL-4 FROM LOVE AT EVERY STEP

 from the poem, ‘’the Cry of the Soul’’

We are but drops of the same fountain
  of divine beauty;
We are but waves on the great river of love.

We are diverse blossoms in the garden of the Lord,
Who have gathered in the same valley of Light.

We who dwell on this earth belong to one humanity;
There is but one God, and we are His children.

Let us march forth to overcome the storms of strife;
Let us march forth to light the lamp of universal Love.

Let the lotus of renewed aspirations blossom 
       in our hearts,
And let those long divided embrace one another.

If love once again is rekindled within our breasts,
This life of ours will recover its beauty and youth.

How long can the darkness of strife envelope
      the earth?
The human spirit will soon awaken, and the light
      of day shall illumine every heart.



Annexure 2 English Poems for Poetry Fest 2017:


For Pre-Primary

                
LOVE TEACHINGS 

I love flowers,
They help birds in pollination.
I love trees,
They give me oxygen.

I love my teachers,
They give us love and care.
I love my classmates,
They help us in every situation.


                
NATURE SONG

I love the rain that splashes on me
God made the rain and God made me

I love the breeze that blows on me.
God made the breeze and God made me

I love the flowers that blossom near me.
God made the flowers and God made me

I love my friends that play with me.
God made friends and God made me.



                
THIS LITTLE LIGHT

This little light of mine
I am going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I am going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I am going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine
All the time, let it shine.

Hide it under the bush it oh no
I am going to let it shine
Let it shine
All the time, let it shine.



                
I’M GLAD I’M ME

I am glad, I am me
I am special, I am me
No one walks the way I walk
No one talks the way I talk
No one plays the way I play
No one says the things I say
I am special, I am me
There’s no one else like me 



                
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Twinkle twinkle little star
I want to be a shining star
If I work hard day and night
My future is going
To be very bright
Set your goals for body
Mind and soul 
And work hard till
You reach your goal.



Annexure 2 English Poems for Grades I & II:

                
PEACE

Peace, Peace, Peace, that is my name,
If everyone has this, nobody needs fame.
I come in your heart with love,
My symbol is the bird called dove.
Some people pray for me to come,
Have they ever noticed what they have done?
Fighting is what people do,
This way I won’t come to you.
Have love for all women and men,
After this just blink and I am right there and then!




                
KEEP SMILING

Smile at the morning sun
Smile when the day is done
Smile when you worry
Smile when you are in hurry
Smile when you go to school
Always feel happy and cool
Smile when you eat some bread
Smile when you go to bed
Pass a smile to everyone
Enjoy and have fun!
Keep smiling
To have peaceful living!!




 
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