As a seed does not
reveal the shape of the tree
the innocence of the infant face
does not reveal the sage or the sorcerer to come.
The white beauty of a blossom with
the fragrance to rival the majestic jasmine
does not reveal the enslaving
incense concoction of your beans.
Half the world has surrendered to you.
The other half are either ignorant of your
magic or have turned ascetic and
refused to succumb to you.
Of all of man’s ingenuity in
extracting pleasure and nourishment
from the Mother Earth’s breast,
you stand out to be the one
to inspire a fierce faith
of unquenchable sort.
You have overshadowed the Lord of Light.
As for the faithful,
daybreak means you and not the sun.
(1957 to pres., Indian spiritual teacher,
founder Isha Foundation)