Return to His Motherland1

(At Apollo Bunder — Bombay — February 1893)

The days have run into weeks, and weeks
Into months: for twice seven years
Abroad he remained, a far-off star.
Mother India with tears
Of joy and love garlands her son,
Wishing him life's true bliss.
With the first step on Indian soil
Infinitude's abyss
Captures his mind: earth's lures are gone.
His inner Spirit's Light
Shall guide his tranquil feet; he views
His Motherland's first might.

  1. SAI 11. (1956)