Deepak Chaswal’s “Meeting With Christ and Other Poems” Is a Beautiful Exploration Through Universal Spirituality
Deepak Chaswal has been steadily gaining international acclaim thanks to his poetry. His first collection, Meeting With Christ and Other Poems, is a unique look not only at Christian spirituality but also all the different belief systems that are out there in the world.
Unlike the usual traditional Christian hymns and prayers, the Christ that appears in Chaswal’s poetry is more human than divine. He’s not some smiling figure on a cloud—no, this Christ is someone that the narrator can actually seek out in Jerusalem and have a lovely in-depth conversation with. Much like the Biblical Christ, the poetic form of the Christian Messiah is all about a global movement that will return mankind to their essential humanity. He dislikes greed, selfishness, and the high-tech world that we inhabit because he feels that it’s turning humanity into self-absorbed idiots who can’t see our true potential for goodness.
However, aside from the usual Christian figures of a Messiah figure, angels, etc, Chaswal also explores Eastern religions. The blending of Eastern and Western milieu creates a beautiful poetry collection that not only honors the common themes found in all religions but also the rich imagery that will leave readers feeling spiritually renewed, no matter what their personal beliefs may be.