High on Waves

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, 1957

Prayer to the Guru

Life is a canvas,
A magnificent creation of the painter's brush.
The painting depicts the various facets of life
And reflects the pictures of this vast creation.


O artist of our lives,
Use your brush to create new life.
Paint a new life for us all
And in that picture give men, women and children
Laughter, happiness and joy in plenty.


O light of my life,
In this dark night
Give me a glimpse of yourself in my subtle mind,
And make the journey of other co-travellers
Bright, blissful and eternal.


O friend of my journey,
The path to the Source is endless,
Unknown are the ways that lead there,
Only a few travellers dare to tread upon it.
Tell me, when shall we reach it?


I have covered a part of the journey,
Crossed some of the ups and downs
And traversed a few valleys,
But the journey is not yet over.
Inspire me through your paintings
And in the shadow of your feet
Enable me to complete my pilgrimage.