for Paramahansa Yogananda
Long have I been diverted from Spirit to matter
Under the influence of the measurer whose power
To limit is limited only by the absence of light.
From Reality to unreality, the magician whose power
Pervades creation has kept me divided and manipulated
Perceiving shadows as Substance for which I must strive.
Self-serving smugness has held me
In a vice-grip as I sank into mud
Habit by habit, wish by wish, desire by desire.
My bone-dry soul finally dragged itself to the oasis
Of the all-quenching, living waters, where the Divine
Hands me the tools with which to cut and rend the veil.
Thus, I transcend from maya veiled to Maya Shedd —
Meditating, chanting, praying, following the path
With love and gratitude for my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.