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Poem Offerings

I. Vaishytha's Cave

The blue green Ganges
gushes through the mountain gorge
to water the fields of India.

So, too, my world heart
Pours peace upon
open souls.

Swift glacial run off
Remains of ancient snows:
Capturing light years
of star light
Within your atomic ecstasies
Deep in the cave of the body
Eternal star burst flowers in Bliss.

As we follow the river
Back down the
to Rishikesh,

Glimpses of ancient meditations
The energy still almost audible,
Now in the cave of the skull:

Mantras cutting valleys
through the mindfield.


Getting to know Lord Shiva,
The ever meditative consciousness,
Is a process of releasing
Our skepticism, doubt and self doubt,
Our illusion that such
knowing is distant or
beyond our capabilities.

Having practiced stilling
the body, mind, emotions
And entering the inner ascension,
Know that consciousness
Meditating on the thousand
petalled lotus crown.

Unify that consciousness
With the universal Being,
Knowing this, also, as your body,
The ever meditative
universal guru spirit:
Over time you will
become familiar
with the path.

Given all these suns and planets,
You have chosen this space and time
to exist in this sector of the Eternal infinities.
Recall your purpose
Knowing that the work is
never done alone,
That purpose is communal from preconception.

Know that upon wich
Lord Shiva meditates,
The mystery, the source,
the shakti giving Shiva form.

Make your offerings to the dark goddess,
the Mother of both gods
and humans and all else.

Resolve to know every
breath and movement
As the dance of that divine energy.
Let every thought arise
from and return to
Her divine efflugence.

(Poems from a trip to the Mountains out of Rishikesh.)

III   Yajna

My many Karma seeds,
Bowls filled again and again,
Burn in pinches of offerings
To your Eternal Fire.

Offering habits wound around time,
Eventually I find the rhythum,
The inner flow of growth,
The release of illusion
into the Real.

Repetition like the habits of life,
Allows us to counteract the unconscious,
To open doors through time
And arrive again where we begin.

Kundalini crawling,
Awaiting the inexplicable
With Eternal patience
Awaits the Master's alignment,
Enticing the mystery
into Existence.

All that is,
In the eyes of the divine,
Shines with the dark glow
Of an inner universe
so silent and serene
We find it only when
We worship at your
hidden inner altar.

(Note: John David Wilson shared these poems during his visit to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama during the Gathering of the Sangha. A student of Swami Veda Bharati, John teaches, sculpts, and writes poetry.  He has taught a series of classes on “Meditation and Mystic Poetry” at The Meditation Center.)

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