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When I am Only a Dream

Paramahansa Yogananda
1893 - 1952

Note: Paramahansa Yogananda is the Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship . This poem is from his book - Songs of the Soul.

I come to tell you all of Him,

And the way to encase Him in your bosom,

And of the discipline that brings His grace.

Those of you who have asked me

To guide you to my Belovedís presence ---

I warn you through my silently talking mind,

Or speak to you through a gentle significant glance,

Or whisper to you through my love,

Or loudly dissuade you when you stray away from Him.

But when I shall become only a memory, or a mental image, or silently speaking voice,

When no earthly call will ever reveal

My whereabouts in unplumbed space,

When no shallow entreaty or stern stentorian command will bring from me an answer ---

I will smile in your mind when you are right,

And when you are wrong I will weep through my eyes,

Dimly peering at you in the dark,

And weep through your eyes, perchance;

And I will whisper to you through your conscience,

And I will reason with you through your reason,

And I will love all through your love.

When you are able to no longer to talk with me,

Read my Whispers from Eternity;

Eternally through it will talk to you.

Unknown I will walk by your side

And guard you with invisible arms.

And as soon as you know my Beloved

And hear His voice in silence,

You will know me again more tangibly than you knew me on this earth plane.

And yet when I am only a dream to you,

I will come to remind you that you too are naught

But a dream of my Heavenly Beloved;

And when you know you are a dream, as I know now,

We will be ever awake in Him.


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