The Temple, Abode of the Self.
Its a moment of lull again
the heart opens the emotions flow
a strange restlessness that draws me close
to the one and only great abode
One step at a time I walk
the towering gateways rise
guarded by gatekeepers, the imperial look
their assertive stance, the fierce eyes
Stone by stone I cross
rock by rock I touch
the texture so rough, the base so strong
as they hold the roof above.
Dark interiors, thick deep walls
that consume the light, the heat, the sound
leaving you in a silent world
of mystery, a cosmic conspiracy?
On every stone do damsels dance
on every rock do Gods reside
on every curve a message imprinted
the ignorant fool stares on
A thought in the mind
does all this make sense
such wealth, effort and energy spent
to walk you through a silent spell?
Or is it a deeper truth they hide
and show only those who care to seek
such knowledge beneath my feet
as I walk on unknowingly.
And then I see a million lights
lit up under the moonless night
the warmth, the fire, the smoke rise
into the air to cloud my sight
I wonder what really brought me here
is it devotion or is it fear
or is it a thirst for peace i seek
or another task unclear?
I watch the priest bathe the stone
with water, milk and sandal wood alone
in reverence he raises the fire to reveal
the presence of a Goddess Divine.
Strange patterns down on the ground beneath
hidden gracefully under Her lotus feet
the heat rises, the prayers resound
as I watch on anxiously
My memory fades, in my ears a tear
my mind hounded by fear
is it wealth, fame and glory I value
or is it silent peace and tranquility my dear?
My ego pierced, my thoughts at war,
whom do i please who do I cross
my thoughts so fast, my ego so strong
Oh Mother where do I belong.
And as the sounds of the bells thunder
it dawns on me a moment here
what comes and goes are the people, the time
the Goddess Divine stays forever near
Isn't that what I look for
as I live on tirelessly
trying to know what life means to me
waiting for that moment to set me free.
A strange peace engulfs me
as I stare up at this great abode
its timeless, precious knowledge at hand
the truth prevails beyond life itself.
And as I walk step by step away
this great abode I leave behind
A realization sublime in my mind
Like many others in the years to come.