MAKE US THYSELF
by Paramahansa Yogananda, from Songs of the Soul
That forced silence on my last day will be a mystery
sleep; my beautiful and nightmare dreams of
earthly being will bid farewell — for a time, at least.
On the downy bed of blissful oblivions, a short rest;
then I shall awake, on a new star, perchance, or
in a new earthly setting — another dream of another life.
Maybe I shall be deluded still, thinking I am awake
while yet I dream.
Will this sleeping and deluded waking in dreams
continue until I know I can really awaken only in
Why has Thou monopolized in Thyself the only
Why has Thou kept hidden in Thy hands the only
key to the mystery chamber of life and the
If Thou art awake, why dost Thou want us to dream
Or art Thou also sleeping, dreaming that we are
playing on the glittering, planet-studded stage of
Then in truth we are waking and dreaming within
Is it when Thou dost awake, dreaming no more,
that we too shall cease to dream life and death,
and stop our playing? Will all trees, all bodies,
all bodiless souls then become Thyself?
In dreaming, we divide our minds into thoughts of
many things — minds, mountains, souls, sky,
stars — creating each “reality” out of the tissue of
fancy. So has Thou transformed Thy dreaming
mind into the star-chequered savanna of the
blue, with its indwelling planetary families, our
earth — and us, sorrowing, laughing, coming,
Thou canst be forgiven all the horrors of this
cosmic drama only if it is a dream.
Even so, that which is dream-play to Thee is to us
an awesome dream-struggle and death.
Since we and all things created are made of Thy
dreaming mind, why dost Thou not wake up and
dissolve us into Thy fearless, blessed Being?
Melt our dreaming minds into Thy mind, our
temporary joys into Thine everlasting Joy.
Unite our fading life with Thine imperishable Life.
Blend our flickering, stale happiness into Thine
enduring ever-new Blessedness.
Make us fearless, by letting us know that we are
waking and dreaming in Thee; that we are Thine
all-protected, ever-blissful Self.
Please note: This poem appears in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul, published by Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA, 1983 and 2014 printings.)
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