National Poetry Month - Songs of the Soul

April is National Poetry Month, celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture and expression of the human spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda was a prolific writer of spiritual literature, essays, and commentaries. A selection of his poems is featured in his book 1651.jpgSongs of the Soul, an outpouring of his direct perceptions of Spirit – in nature, in humankind, in every day experiences, and in the spiritually awakened state of samadhi meditation.

Many of his poems reflect what he saw during his extensive travel throughout the U.S. during his early years in the West, and the inner experiences that were evoked by his perceptions.

To commemorate National Poetry Month, we would like to share with you one of his uplifting poems from his collection Songs of the Soul:

They did their best
And they are blest—
The sap, the shoots,
The little leaves and roots;
The benign breath,
The touch of light—
All worked in amity
To grow the rose’s beauty.
Watch its splendor,
Its undying grandeur,
The Infinite Face
That peeps through its little case.
Watch not in grief
Its falling petals or its brief
Sojourn here;
For its career
Done, its duty ends;
Toward the Immortal’s home it tends.
The sap dried,
The summer petals fled,
Its body pines;
Yet its death’s divine;
Through the death it spurns
Its deathless glory’s won;
The rose is dead—
Its beauty lives instead. 

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