An Interview and news from our Dreamer and Poet
It was in 2015 that I introduced my readers to the Dreamer Poet Satyananda Sarangi. I am happy to tell you that in between, he made progress in his profession and poetry.
If you are new to my blog, you can read here about him: Today’s Dreamers Are Tomorrow’s Authors And Poets. He had his first success at that time: The Paper Boat – Be A Witness Of A Dream Come True. Also, he wrote a thank you poem for us at that time: A Poem to thank for all the support. I like how he can create meaningful quotes only with one keyword in seconds. He is truly gifted.
We kept in touch over the years, and I happily observed his progress. In between, he finished his Electrical Engineering study and now works at the Finance Department, Government of Odisha.
Now is the right time to write about something motivating and tell you about the success of dreamer poet Satyananda.
Interview with our Dreamer and Poet Satyananda
Tell us something about what got you into writing in the first place.
Satyananda – To be honest, the writing career was never planned. Looking at this day some ten years ago, I’d have never said I would be into poetry. I was this guy at school who had nothing to do with poems. But yes! The imagination was evident, but I had never really imagined becoming a poet. The writing was accidental, and I remember writing 1-2 pieces back in 2014.
But the way we see it today, you’re on a roll, and it is pretty rare to get all the writing opportunities for someone your age. How has the dream run been?
Satyananda – Ever since I started seriously writing (by serious writing, I mean when you dream of being read by the masses), it has been more of a roller coaster ride. Every writer/poet dreams of being widely read and his works being discussed. Writing is tough, and the process of getting published is tougher. I keep telling these to people – “Poetry is made of perspiration and perseverance – both work in tandem and is not mutually exclusive.” For numbers, I have had over 90 rejections till now, but the spirit hasn’t waned – and so, I’ve over 63 publications to my name.
You talk of dreaming to be widely read. What are you doing to reach your dream?
Satyananda – In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” But what you do to get that dream on track to reality matters most in the long run. On a personal level, I read and pray to ensure that I never have to encounter Writer’s Block. Reading takes you places but praying keeps you grounded. These two aspects, I believe, are key to achieving one’s dreams.
Currently, you’re an administrator after getting through the Civil Services Examination. How difficult is it to strike a healthy balance between work and writing?
Satyananda – Quite a tricky question to answer! But simply put, if you can find a complementary angle somewhere between your full-time profession and your hobby, it can really work wonders. The administrative work presents numerous scenarios, people/characters, and behavioral patterns – if studied closely, can further fuel your creativity. I’ve never known an author/poet who hasn’t borrowed from real characters in his professional spheres. Undoubtedly, the writing has gone down a bit, but the quality that emerges after long intervals of experience are worth the wait.
In February 2023, one of your works was placed in the “Honourable Mention” category at the Annual International Poetry Competition of the Society of Classical Poets, New York. Tell us more about this and other places where we can find your work.
Satyananda – Writing for the English-speaking world isn’t a cakewalk for someone still in his twenties, and English is not his first language. I can recall taking a break of months in 2016 after a flurry of rejections from abroad had shaken me. and I turned to the olden poets to hone my skills in rhyme and rhythm. I spent months reading a thousand poems, including those of H.W. Longfellow, W. Blake, P.B. Shelley, S.T. Coleridge, W.B. Yeats, W. Shakespeare, R.L. Stevenson, R. Bridges, C. Marlowe, A. Austin, J. Keats, and many others. Then, I revamped the writing journey. It is the reason I often advise emerging poets to read and read more.
Answering the second part of the question – my works have been featured in the Hypertexts, Shot Glass Journal, the Society of Classical Poets, Sparks of Calliope, Snakeskin, The GreenSilk Journal, Westward Quarterly, Page & Spine, Glass: Facets of Poetry and other national and international magazines/journals.
Most of your work is motivating and inspirational, unlike so much of post-modern bleak and depressing poetry. What’s your opinion on this?
Satyananda – Perhaps, I would say writing on themes is a personal choice. In my case, I have a natural inclination towards spirituality, and faith, hope, and courage themes are end-products. There is already too much uncertainty, hate, negativity, low self-esteem, and depression in the 21st Century. My writing comes off as a retaliatory force to all such negative influences. There are certain days when I experience the opposite; I am not sure what I believe in for days together. But as man proposes, God disposes. As well put by Shakespeare, “The mind can make a hell out of a heaven and vice-versa.”
If you could recommend one such motivational poem for all those who are finding it hard to fight through life, what would it be?
Satyananda – Actually, there are many! But there’s this poem of mine that I wrote in 2021, and Westward Quarterly Magazine, United States, published it. As a matter of fact, I won’t believe that I’ve written it.
From Love to Faith
Since from me, all fondness for love
Has now fled; and this lifeless world,
Too small for what I can’t speak of,
May think to laugh off the scorn hurled
At my art, my rhyme, and my songs-
The songs of a poor heart that longs
For silence most treasured by hills
And hushed flowing of gentle rills.
Tell them I wrote this in cold rage,
When Passion was breathing its last;
And when beyond the sense of age,
The prime of my ink had passed-
No more enough to hold and bear
The crushing weight of selfish care;
A care that as a stranger comes,
With its own soothing beats and drums.
Yet the world doesn’t end here at all,
For some lonely man may resort
To these words written full of soul;
And discover ruins of a fort
Built once upon a time with zeal
And undaunted hope, thus may feel
The burden of love little less
Since sorrow comes only to bless.
But who dare lose his soul in art,
And in striving for higher things?
That higher once becomes a part
Of low desires; and mortal wings
Fear the flight to mystique lands;
Where the pilgrim all alone stands
To catch the pleasant sight of God,
And finds in Him, all paths untrod.
All men in whom He dwells and moves,
Shall see love has many a name;
But the finest, the one that proves
All with different names are the same:
Yet the betrayed forget and weep
And give away prayer and sleep-
The source of all enduring love,
Lies in the paradise above.
I wonder at God’s love for man,
That arrives unasked-for each morn;
No account of how it began
Even when I was yet to be born.
I shall be for what I was made,
To rejoice both the sun and shade,
And take everything meant for me;
Mirth and grief of the highest degree.
Thank you, Satyananda; keep going, keep growing. To your successful dreams.
Do you like the inspiring Story of our Dreamer Poet Satyananda?
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I love Satyananda’s top quote Erika.
Dream to Infinity because that is who we are. We are an idea in the Mind of God. Infinity, we are. Yet keeping the mind not so much in the world – we are beyond it – but highly practical in interpreting the symbols around us may be seen as focusing on reality. For example, I am seeing a bit more each day that the world is an illusion made up by the ego. However, instead of dwelling on the idea and doing nothing I practically make myself helpful by writing and publishing blog posts, guest posts and blog comments, as long as I appear to be in a human body.
Be practical in the world but remember that you are beyond it all in terms of who you really are.
Yes, I love it too. He said it 8 years ago; it took seconds for him to bring up a meaningful quote, rare for a young man in his twenties. I think he is gifted because it seems all the poems come to him. As he said himself about a poem: I won’t believe that I’ve written it. 🙂
It is true; I sometimes feel the same about the world being an illusion; some say we live in virtual reality.
You do great and make helpful appearances in your human body 🙂 But it is right, that we remember that we are beyond the body and mind.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts
I certainly enjoyed your interview, and I love his poem.
It is always enlightening to hear the mind of a fellow poet.
I am glad you enjoyed the interview and loved the poem.
Satyananda is a gifted young man.
Happy that a fellow poet is commenting here.
Thank you very much
To the passionate gifted poets of this world
I’m so glad to see our successful dreamer poet back and read about his inspiring journey. Thank you for sharing this post with us. It’s great to hear about individuals who follow their dreams and achieve success through hard work and determination.
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I am glad you liked Satyanada’s story.I am happy to see him achieving his dream and I am sure we will hear more from him in future.
Thank you for your visit