After This

(In Memory of Nayaswami Maria – posted by Nayaswami Devarshi on facebook in her memory)

After This

by Paramhansa Yogananda

After the prison-petals of earth-life fade,

And the soul-scent slips

Into the mighty cosmic wind of Spirit,

No more would I love a flower-cage life—

If I must return—

Unless to mingle the dewdrop tears of other prison’d souls with mine,

And show them the way that I, at last, my freedom won.

O! I would not mind dwelling

In roses and daffodils, for a time,

If that is of my own free will;

But forever to stay behind the bars of beauty

Of violet-sun-gold-rays, I care not.

No more will I be compelled to live

Even in a golden, heavenly cage.

From flower to flower will I fly!

I will wear the blackness of the night,

Shimmering with busy stars—

I will be the twinkle of their lights,

And I will be the waking of the dawn—

And burst forth with the warming rays of friendship!

I will be the shepherd of stray souls,

Or the humblest lamb in all His fold.

I will be the most famous man,

Or the least-known one of a cycle!

I will be the tiniest cosmic spark,

Or roll as the mighty vapors of life,

Dashing my power-fed soul

Against the rocks of worldly strife!

I will be the clouds, donning rainbow-garlands.

I will puff bubbles of planets with my breath,

And float them on the waves of space!

I will be the babble of the brook,

And the voice of the nightingale!

As emotion-waves, I will surge in the sea of souls!

Holding to the log of laughter,

I will float to the shores of bliss!

I will sing through the voices of all;

I will preach through all temples and prayers;

I will love with the love of God!

I will think with the thoughts of all;

The hearts of all will be my heart;

The souls of all will be my soul,

And the smiles of all — my smile!

2 Responses to “After This”

  1. Bill Nelson Says:

    It will be an honor for me to continue praying for Maria’s journey.

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