Abou Ben Adhem, By: Leigh Hunt

    Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)

    Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,

    And saw, within the moonlight in his room,

    Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,

    An Angel writing in a book of gold:

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    Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,

    And to the Presence in the room he said,

    “What writest thou?” The Vision raised its head,

    And with a look made of all sweet accord

    Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.”

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    “And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”

    Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,

    But cheerily still; and said, “I pray thee, then,

    Write me as one who loves his fellow men.”

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    The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night

    It came again with a great wakening light,

    And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,

    And, lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest!

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In Search Of God, By Swami Vivekanand

O”er hill and dale and mountain range,

In temple, church, and mosque,

In Vedas, Bible, Al Koran

I had searched for Thee in vain.

Like a child in the wildest forest lost

I have cried and cried alone,

‘Where art Thou gone, my God, my love?

The echo answered, ‘gone’.

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And days and nights and years then passed—

A fire was in the brain;

I knew not when day changed in night,

The heart seemed rent in twain.

I laid me down on Ganga’s shore,

Exposed to sun and rain;

With burning tears I laid the dust

And wailed with waters’ roar.

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I called on all the holy names

Of every clime and creed,

‘Show me the way, in mercy, ye

Great ones who have reached the goal.’

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Years then passed in bitter cry,

Each moment seemed an age,

Till one day ’midst my cries and groans

Some one seemed calling me.

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A gentle soft and soothing voice

That said ‘my son’, ‘my son’,

That seemed to thrill in unison

With all the chords of my soul.

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I stood on my feet and tried to find

The place the voice came from;

I searched and searched and turned to see

Round me, before, behind.

Again, again it seemed to speak—

The voice divine to me.

In rapture all my soul was hushed,

Entranced, enthralled in bliss.

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A flash illumined all my soul;

The heart of my heart opened wide,

O joy, O bliss, what do I find!

My love, my love, you are here,

And you are here, my love, my all!

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And I was searching thee!

From all eternity you were there

Enthroned in majesty!

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From that day forth, wher’er I roam,

I feel Him standing by

O’er hill and dale, high mount and vale,

Far far away and high.

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The moon’s soft light, the stars so bright,

The glorious orb of day,

He shines in them; His beauty—might—

Reflected lights are they.

The majestic morn, the melting eve,

The boundless billowy sea,

In nature’s beauty, songs of birds,

I see through them—it is He.

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When dire calamity seizes me,

The heart seems weak and faint,

All nature seems to crush me down,

With laws that never bend.

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Meseems I hear Thee whispering sweet,

‘My love, I am near’. ‘I am near’.

My heart gets strong. With thee, my love,

A thousand deaths no fear.

Thou speakest in the mother’s lay

That shuts the babies’ eye;

When innocent children laugh and play

I see Thee standing by.

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When holy friendship shakes the hand,

He stands between them too;

He pours the nectar in mother’s kiss

And the babies’ sweet ‘mama’.

Thou wert my God with prophets old;

All creeds do came from Thee;

The Vedas, Bible, and Koran bold

Sing Thee in harmony.

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‘Thou art’, ‘Thou art’ the Soul of Souls

In the rushing stream of life.

‘Om Tat Sat Om.’* Thou art my God.

My love, I am Thine, I am Thine.

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  *Tat Sat means that only real existence.[Swamiji’s note]

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Dream's Sake A Novel by Jyoti Arora

Dream’s Sake
A Novel by Jyoti Arora