(Take me, O Ocean! Take me to my Motherland!)


SAGARA PRANA TALAMALA…

(Take me, O Ocean! Take me to my Motherland!)
~BY VEER SAVARKAR
(This heroic poem was written by Great Freedom Fighter Veer Savarkar ji when he was in france missing his Great Mother country .)

Take me, O Ocean! Take me to my Motherland!
… My soul is in torment away from her,
So much torment, O Ocean!

Did not I always see you
Lapping worshipfully at my Mother’s feet?
Did not you call me to visit other Lands,
To see the bounties of nature abound, said you.
My Mother’s heart, so full of pain and uncertainty it was,
To hear of the parting of our ways!
Then, a sacred oath you did give—to her,
Carrying me on your back,
My speedy homecoming, you promised—to her.
The way home is known, said you.

Believe this your promise, did I!
More worldly-wise and able, be I
More worthy to extol her glory, be I
Upon my return.

So saying, so believing, I bid farewell—to her!
My soul is in torment away from her,
So much torment, O Ocean!

Duped was I—
Like a parrot in a cage, Like a deer in a trap!
Doomed by this continual separation,
Besieged with darkness am I!
Gathering the Flowers of Virtue,
Desiring to shower my Mother by its fragrance was I.
O, but of what use all my knowledge is,
Doomed to be a mere burden it be,
When use it not for her glorification can I!

Estranged am I from Her Garden of Flowers,
For the love of the Her mango tree, pine I
For Her trailing vines, pine I
For the bud of the Her rose, pine I
My soul is in torment away from her,
So much torment, O Ocean!

O, abounding with stars is the heaven above,
But love only do I—
The bright Star of my Motherland!
O, abounding with magnificent palaces these lands are,
But love only do I
Ever the humble hut in my Motherland!
What care I for a promised Kingdom—-without Her?
O, to be with my Mother
Ever a life exiled in her forests choose I.

More deception is futile now, O Lord of the Rivers,
Let you not be spared, vow I
Suffer the same pangs, say I
Of separation from the most beloved of your rivers!
My soul is in torment away from her,
So much torment, O Ocean!

O pitiless One, how you mock me with your foaming surf!
Think you my Mother is helpless?—that you dare deceive her so!
That you dare condemn me to this longing so!
Why do you go back on your word?
So afraid of Britain be you?—
She does flaunt her mastery over you so!

Quail before a fearsome Britain, do you?
But, not so my Mother, see you!
No! My Mother is not so feeble!

Tell this tale to Sage Agasti she will,
Fear him, who in one gulp your waters drank!
Take me, O Ocean! Take me to my Motherland!
My soul is in torment away from her,
So much torment, O Ocean!See More

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Posted on February 26, 2012, in poems. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sumedh Deshpande

    This a very beautiful poem in Marathi which makes me very emotional when i hear it in d voice of the Savarkar-bhakt Mangeshkar family.
    Just one correction though…..Veer Sawarkar didn’t write this poem in Cellular Jail @ Andaman.He wrote it when he had taken shelter in France after an arrest-warrant was issued against him in England where he was staying during that period.Once when he was sitting on d shore of the Ocean he became vry emotional as he was missing his motherland very badly.So he said d above lines to d Ocean.

    P.S.-The poetic literature written in Cellular Jail ws ‘Kamala’…There he had nothing to write d poems so he inscribed it on wall of his cell of d Jail

  2. there are no words to praise the poetry and feelings of Veer Sawarkar… my humble salute.

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