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You never know, a poem by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

You never know,

How and when,

The Existence will start

Using you for its purpose.

You never know,

How and when,

You will be filled

With abundance.

And you will start raining,

Quenching the thirst of many.

You never know,

How and when,

You will be full of

Fruits and shade.

And Travelers will take

Shelter and food from you.

You never know,

How and when,

You will be full with

Love and light.

And you will start spreading,

The fragrance of beauty to everyone.

You never know,

How and when,

Death will come

And make you deathless.

And life will start,

Flowing out of you.

You never know,

How and when…

Really!

Promise, a poem by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

If I had to promise you something, what would it be?

I can’t promise that you would always be comfortable…
Because comfort brings boredom and discomfort.

I can’t promise that all your desires will be fulfilled…
Because desires whether fulfilled or unfulfilled bring frustration.

I can’t promise that there will always be good times…
Because it is the tough times that make us appreciate joy.

I can’t promise that we will be rich or famous or powerful…
Because they can all be pathways to misery.

I can’t promise that we will always be together…
Because it is separation that makes togetherness so wonderful.

Yet if you are willing to walk with me,
If you are willing to value love over everything else,

I promise that this will be the most rich and fulfilling life possible.
I promise your life will be an eternal celebration,
I promise you I will cherish you more than a king cherishes his crown,
And I shall love you more than  a mother loves her newborn.

If you are willing to walk into my arms,
If you are willing to live in my heart,
You will find the one you have waited forever….
You will meet yourself in my arms…
I promise.

Poem written by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Unveil Thy Face

Who art Thou that walkest

before me and behind me

And in the hour of sleep

standest in watch beside me?

Wilt Thou not unveil Thy face whose

love hath already made me captive?

Freely I am bound to Thee;

Freely do I remain bound;

For Thou hast poured upon me Thy

unbounded love unasked.

Unasked will I make my offering unto Thee.

~ Swami Paramananda

Inspiration

Thou art born of Spirit,

Not created by thought,

Nor moulded by fancies,

Thou divine spark of unfathomed origin!

As vision Thou enterest in the heart of the prophet;

In the soul of the poet Thou dwellest as raptures of inspiration;

And in the throat of the singer as music.

Soul art Thou in our life;

Life art Thou in our body.

Who can know Thee, Thou subtlest of subtle?

How can we ever know Thee,

Save when Thou dost come to us in Thy glory

And grant unto us our sight?

~ Swami Paramananda

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