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Diamond Sparks

when you first called me radha

April 11, 2010 by Lightwaves

Here is another poem in a series from Swami Radha’s collection of poetry, when you first called me radha. Sparkling with wisdom, “Some Souls” is a reminder of the power of words to inspire, leading us from the darkness to the Light. Accompanying “Some Souls” is an excerpt from the afterward written by Clea MacDougall, who share her insights into the significance of Swami Radha’s poetry.

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“The(these) poems trace the story of her (Swami Radha’s) spiritual life 
as Radha, and were written from the late 1950s until
 the mid ’90s, before her death. The significance of the 
poems, I believe, is in their simplicity and honesty. Simple, in use of language, so that whole meta-worlds are created in each line. They are at once a sincere expression, and a pointed gem of the purest teachings. Without the addition of artifice, the poems are polished and clear, like diamonds:”

Some Souls



Some souls are attracted
by glittering luxuries, allowing
indulgences, great passion, selfishness
nourished by pride.
Exaggerated ego demanding
satisfaction at any cost.
Blood flows, heads roll
hearts torn apart. Hunger
and pain are rewards of all
slanderers of compassion.

Returning to the grave gives
no new promise of
paradise. What then?
Where is the purpose of it all,
life after life, if no
purpose is recognized?
Miracle of grace
lightens the blackness that
covered the mind.
Light, some light, any light
would be a blessing for the
killer and the survivor.

Light is consciousness,
Divine Light, illumination
a way to Liberation.

Hard-won freedom.
Vibration of heavenly sound,
fire of compassion regenerated.
Light-filled mind and heart.
What better purpose than
to be a bodhisattva?


Yasodhara Ashram will be hosting Polishing the Diamond, April 26-May 1/ 2010. For more information you may call 1 800 661 8711, view our online course catalogue, or email email@yasodhara.org. To join the event on Facebook, click here. For printable posters, click here

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