A River of Grace

There is a love beyond form,

A river of grace

In which we all swim

Whether we know it or not

When you remember this

It lights up your life

From the inside

And shines out

Like a lighthouse

On a dark and stormy night.

Photo by Robert Wiedemann on Unsplash

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The Search for Grace

Only grace can allow us to see beauty
In the midst of horror
Only grace can open our steely hearts
In hell
Only grace can whisper yes
When the whole world screams NO!
Only grace can pour healing water
On the unquenchable fire
Only grace can shine a light
In the great darkness

So what then is this grace
That can offer so many miracles
For without it
Life would be unbearable
Grace makes existence bearable
Yet we do not know
What grace is?
There are no words, no nouns, no descriptions
No one has met grace
Yet here it is
Casting influence over all things
Surely it is this mysterious force
That gives all life it’s meaning

And the search for meaning is
The search for grace
The search for the undiscoverable
Radiance that underpins
All existence.

 

born to love

my love
while we still have this precious time together
before eternity tears us asunder
let us sit together here
under the night sky
as it pours down it’s magnificence
on our innocent heads
there will be a moment
as yet unknown
when we will part
and one of us will leave this realm
bound for distant shore
oh! the pain of that moment
when we say goodbye

to have loved in this way
to have found each other after so long
and fallen so far in
we disappeared
given up all notion of self
and yet to have found ourselves completely
there has never been a love like this
let our ecstatic embrace send ripples into the world
and ring throughout forever
let it be said
‘they loved completely without fear of death.’

India, approx 2004

 

Born to Do Nothing

Terrified of meaninglessness
We create ourselves
As the pinnacle of life
We built a world
That uses doing
As being
Because we need meaning
But we were born
To do nothing
Just enjoy existence
And take care of our bodies
And our souls
To look after each other
And to bathe in the innocence
Of love’s sweet fragrance
All this that we have created
We have done in our own image
It is a monster
A machine
That eats everything
And everyone
And deludes us all
Into thinking there is meaning in it

I am so sorry to tell you
There isn’t

To rest as a speck in eternity
Surrounded by forever
Infinite distance and time on all sides
To know this, to feel it and to live it
And to maintain some composure
As the waves of awareness
Flood into and through you
To be innocent
And pure of heart
That is the only meaning
I can find.

the garden is inside us

there is a fragrant and innocent garden
in each of us
the same garden adam and eve played and loved in
it didn’t vanish
but disappeared deep inside
and became forgotten
as we fell further and further
into the mind’s obsession with itself
we lost the silken and delicate thread
that joins us all together
and now we wander like ghosts
haunted and hungry
with nothing to feed on
but each other

but there is a garden inside us
and all it takes to remember
is a little tenderness
and a little openness
and the garden begins to grow

walk with me
on the gentle grass
in the meadow under the willow
when the hummingbird dances
and the swallows soar
let us celebrate our joyful innocence
and open wonder
my heart aches with this love
knowing the garden is here always

sometimes even the cruelest beings
catch the early morning scent
as it wafts through their heartless lives.

Throw Open the Doors of Love

We met for this,
To talk of love
To share it
And to throw open its doors
And invite everyone in
Love is a force
It is THE force
Of the universe
And it wants everything
It is like the light
It wants to shine on everything
And cast out
The shadows
We met for this
When we first shared it
We were wildly in love
And our sharing was
Carefree and crazy
Now the wine has matured
And is ready to drink
With grace and care
Love turned my life
Upside down
And now
I see it everywhere
I see where it is not embraced
Where it is denied
And longed for
But I want to say
It is here, now!
It is the oxygen
The air
The water
In the flesh and bones
And blood
It is all
And all is it!
Oh mercy
I must stop….

You will never know how grateful I am…
Let this heart’s love
Ring throughout eternity.

A picture at the recent retreat at Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, California. June 2018. My wife, author and teacher Amoda Maa.

love is no hard edges

there is an exquisite beauty
in no hard edges
a softness and delicacy
easily forgotten
when we are trained for battle
most will never know this fragrance
and yet it’s simple nectar
gives life it’s joy
love is no hard edges
not love of someone or something
but love as our natural state
our abiding state of being
to be soft enough to allow the world
to flow in and out
with no resistance

like waves of energy
or the eternal divine breath of God

to know this
is to know peace
and the tranquility
of tenderness

what need of meditation
when there are no hard edges?
the whole of your life
is your meditation.

 

love came to my door

love came to my door

at first it knocked politely

but when i didn’t answer

it smashed the door down

and dragged me into the street

naked

people laughed and pointed

at the madman they once knew

nobody spoke to me after that

fortunately i no longer cared

about such things.

Let Hate Serve Only One Purpose

Today, like so many other days,
I have woken up with love in my heart
And fear in my mind
This deepest longing for love’s healing balm
Yet a nagging anxiety about life itself
Ah! The great human dilemma
Caught in the crossfire
Between love and fear

There we hang, each of us
Swinging between love’s innocence
And fear’s defenses

And most, those who believe
What the world shows them,
Over the years, they lean toward fear
And it crusts them over
Gnarls their fragile bodies
And renders them cynical
They become
Part of the problem.

Not me…
I have heard fear’s voice
And hate’s scream
Both of them desperate for love
And I have chosen love
Over and over
No matter how loud
The noise
Or how great the fear

Let hate serve only one purpose
To make love more resolute.

My Secret for True Relationship

I just showed up
And loved her in a way that was true
Fully and unconditionally
No limits and total devotion
I made her laugh
And I spoke poetry to her
We played and danced and
I sang songs to her
When I screwed up
I faced it
When I was hurt I shared it
I let my guard down
And showed myself
Fully
I listened and didn’t try and fix
And most of all
I adored her
And saw her brilliance
And genius and radiance
And decided to serve that force
For the rest of my life.