i rise free

when i see the cool wind whirling leaves from the trees in the brisk autumn
noontime, i don't say, "oh, how tragic! what a sad destiny!" instead,
i delight in the bright colors of the crisp leaves & love to see them
dancing in the wind as they pirouette & play in the warm sunshine.

everything is coming & going, moving & changing, being born
& dying. it is the nature of things. beyond the domain of the
physical plane, other frequencies are calling me, for i do not
want to live as if this realm alone is it, as if there is no Source.

i see the sun reflected in a glass of water, but when the glass
tips over & the sun in the water is gone, i don't cry out, "how
tragic! what a sad destiny!" this would be like looking at one square
inch of a huge mural. i don't see the whole picture & i don't know
the whole story: it's being continually refreshed & renewed.

in this world of duality, every blessing holds its challenge &
every challenge also holds its blessing. thus i am simply grateful
for all my experience, regardless of its outer form. gifts are
delivered in various wrappings & i don't know what is inside.
i do know that somehow, somewhere, a gift from my divine Beloved
is contained within it, & i am grateful for the unknown blessing.

this is what You teach me, Shiva. You open up my vision to the
pure celestial shining within the terrestrial. You show me
the lotus rising from the mud & water, reaching upwards to the
sun. my heart is now doing just this as i chant Your mantra, Shiva.
i rise free from the thick cold dark into the radiant light of You.

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.

7 thoughts on “i rise free”

  1. Wow I feel like with your lens I am able to see another layer of beauty. What a fantastic shot! when i see the cool wind whirling leaves from the trees in the brisk autumn
    noontime, i don’t say, “oh, how tragic! what a sad destiny!” instead,
    i delight in the bright colors of the crisp leaves & love to see them
    dancing in the wind as they pirouette & play in the warm sunshine.

    This really speaks to me!

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    1. thanks, Kristina❤️this is how we can magnify the goodness & beauty in the world: by sharing our view of it, & our insights❤️i also have been inspired by the visions & insights of others. we cross-pollinate one another👍🏼

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  2. every blessing holds its challenge &
    every challenge also holds its blessing. I really love that. What a nice poem. I read it as I am hearing the rain and it makes me feel good.
    Thank you!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful in its message of the ‘celestial shining in the terrestrial’. Words to remember and apply in our daily lives. The photo of the lake and the skies is so wonderfully illustrative,too. Thank you.😊🙏🏼🙏🏼🌺🌞

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