the heart knows this

what do i seek out, time & again? what does my heart compel me
to search for? not money, fame or possessions. not status, land or
followers: i turn my back on those. what calls me? i face into
the rising sun, a fragrant red rosebush at my side, the sweet song
of a wood thrush soaring up from the nearby grove of tall oak trees.
nature comes closest to what i seek, & has helped to pass the time.
once i  thought it was companionship with accepting people, but
that human realm is replete with shifting alliances, & it
ultimately offers no lasting truth. we seem to repeat the
old ingrained patterns of the dusty past while striving to break free.

i look for the absence of attachment, for freedom from the leash
that restrains my hands from removing the tightly knotted blindfold.
why do i look outside anyway? i only want You, Shiva.
although other things are attractive, my heart opens only to
You, my love: for You alone does the heart become warm & melt into
complete acquiescence. only for You does the body relax
its grasp upon the allure of the world. only for You, Shiva,
do i release all that i thought was true so that You can fill me
with the truth that brings me refuge forever within Your domain.
it is my true home. the heart knows this & has never forgotten.

Author: swadharma9

i am 81, living in a nursing home and deepening my spiritual life as is appropriate as one ages. i am a student of the Sanatana Dharma and a devotee of Lord Shiva.

9 thoughts on “the heart knows this”

  1. So true. We spend our lives blind to the beauty and serenity within, seeking it forever, without. Both valuable but while one is transient, the treasures inside are eternal. Thank you Joy. Just love your posts.

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  2. Beautiful lines people want money and everything to live happily but you want Shiva ! Following Him we can get peace which is very important in life! Well shared πŸ™‚

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    1. & everything that is done now is part of that. its continuous. the density of the physical plane slows it down & blurs it at times. i just keep on keeping on & trust that i am guided lovingly, even through the down timesπŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌi have found that to be true throughout my life: the perk of an 81 year perspective!πŸ™πŸΌπŸ¦‹

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      1. Oh yes it does have a few very essential perks…perspective and the wisdom to open your eyes. I love how you say it in your opening:
        “& everything that is done now is part of that. its continuous. the density of the physical plane slows it down & blurs it at times.” I think we do know when we are on the right track and surrender is made possible…when we are:)

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