love and truth

i searched for love
inside truth

and i searched for truth
inside love

and i found them
nestling together

like lovers hiding
in each others arms

the sun and the moon
are always dancing
to the divine music
of what is.



naked and undefended

let us meet
in the open field of spring’s bloom
naked and undefended
shameless and innocent
as we were once
in distant memory

all this mask wearing
and righteous indignation
is tiring
and everyone seems weary
we can’t go on like this

so let us lie down
in the green pastures
naked and true
bare our souls to the wind
and let the spring sun
burn away
everything false

we were born for freedom
and love
but we fell in a deep well
and now we struggle to
even see the sunlight.


Lovers of the World

We are dancing in an endless ocean of love
Swimming with the beautiful ones
Unlocking the door to Eternity
Feeling the breath of the ecstatic wind
Tasting some nectar
Catching a glimpse of the sun
As it pours out its light
For the lovers of the world. – Kavi 2004

I wrote this poem, and many others, when the relationship with my wife, Amoda Maa Jeevan, fully blossomed in 2002/3. The first few years of our coming together were ecstatic and brought the poet out of me. We were like delighted children, tumbling around the world in rapture. Our favorite experience was to bundle into a cafe and dash up to the counter and announce, ‘Two cappuccinos please, we are here to celebrate our existence on this planet!’

It has now been over 15 years and, although the ecstatic nature has transformed and matured, it still has this quality. It is love, and not just love of each other, but the greatest devotion of each of us to love itself, and therefore to truth itself.

Recently we were asked to talk about our relationship. Amoda is a teacher so she does this kind of thing a lot. I’m not, but I am always up for talking about new ways of relating, because relationship is where the rubber really hits the road.

So if you are of a mind and have some time, I invite you to watch our interview and see what you think. It is honest and open. We even talk about sex.

The Mystic Within

There is a mystic within you

They may be hidden deep inside
Covered over by layers of concrete and mortar

There is a wild one
Who does not measure things
In the ways of modern man

Don’t think our ancestors died long ago
Oh no
They live inside us

We locked up the wild man and woman
Fearing they were base and primitive
But it is the jailer himself
Who is in prison

This wildness I speak of is our poetry
Our dance and our longing
It is our search for the deepest love

It is that which truly sustains us
And gives life to this bag of bones and fluid

Whatever else you do with this precious life
Don’t abandon your inner wild one
You don’t have to run naked in the street
All you have to do is follow
Your deepest yearning

And be true to your heart.

surrender the righteous self

i have discovered the great secret
that will transform the world
and end the war between people
though i am not sure many will buy it

for they cling like drowning men
to the raft of being right
they divide this great world
into the right and the wrong
and that’s it, that’s all there is

but if you head in the opposite direction
you will discover a secret majesty
and great power
and openness
beyond this play of duality

and that is the simple secret
that by endeavoring, over and over,
to surrender the righteous self
not as some theory
but in those heated moments when one
clutches so hard at being right,
or falls into the victim pit of being wrong,
and by willingly surrendering this
over and over,
by and by
the door of the palace of wisdom and love
will swing open and you will be invited in
this is the wonder that awaits you
should you put down your weapons
of righteousness

but a word of caution…
it is not easy
and something within you will have to die
and that part will scream and tirade and whine
still you must allow it to go

only he, or she, who is empty and unarmed
may enter the palace.

leave the world to see it clearly

to love and understand this life

you must consciously transcend it

even for a moment

you must go beyond its shores

leave its gravitational field

and see from far above

when you look down upon

this spinning blue ball

your heart will open and your mind will clear

all it takes is one moment

of total clarity and vision

and everything false may dissolve

what heavenly joy it is to see with no blinkers!

Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire,
and the secret one slowly growing a body.
Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life.

the only human left

in the face of great horror
dont turn away
when the world offers you its worst
and evil doers run rampant
don’t turn away

if you are the only human left
after chaos has reigned supreme
don’t turn away

but stand with head bowed,
and be witness as love
don’t close your heart
no matter what life may throw at you
no matter what mara’s you see
stay open as love

for your only real choice is
to close or open
you cannot control what is outside you
but you can turn away
or stay open
and everything must be witnessed.

bask in the heat and the fiery glow

you can try and live without love
in the same way you can turn away from a fire
but both actions will leave you
in the cold
and in the dark

or you can turn towards love
and bask in the heat and the fiery glow
of course you may get burned sometimes
but that’s just love
using anything unlike itself
as fuel

whatever comes – friend or foe?

there are two ways of meeting what comes
but one road leads to prison
and one to freedom
one way is as though everything is a friend
and the other way is as though nothing is
you can try for some imagined middle path
where some things are friends
and yet others are foes
and somehow trust your beliefs and your conditioning
but it will never lead to love or joy
only to some half way house
where everything is kind of grey…

but here is the thing
to meet everything as a friend
requires you to drop every notion of the world and your self
all judgements, all assumptions, all beliefs
and every idea of what is right or wrong
or good or bad,
without becoming a victim or a fool


to find this freedom you might be searching for
you must go naked and shameless
into the world
and you must allow the world in
regardless of how it appears.

this is the path of the truth seeker.

Krishnamurti suddenly paused, leaned forward and said, almost conspiratorially, ‘Do you want to know what my secret is?’ ” (There are several accounts of this event; details vary.) Krishnamurti rarely spoke in such personal terms, and the audience was electrified, Dreaver recalls. “Almost as though we were one body we sat up… I could see people all around me lean forward, their ears straining and their mouths slowly opening in hushed anticipation.” Then Krishnamurti, “in a soft, almost shy voice”, said: “You see, I don’t mind what happens.