Dreamers All

I am only awake When I enter the chamber of slumber. Then I forsake all dreams of wakefulness Or nocturnal dreams of fancy. I am awake when I silence my mind And its dreams of this cosmic puzzle. The dreams of sleep are one dream for me And the dream of wakefulness is another dream. When both these dreams Disappear … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda

Compassion’s Castle

While shots and shells of hate Fall around thee Remain castled in love. While bombs of misunderstanding Keep bursting Remain hidden ‘Neath the deep caves of compassion. While poisonous vapors of delusion Seek to choke the life of thy wisdom Mask thy soul with taintless love. For the castle of love divine Is a safe haven From temptation’s armies. Dig … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda

Divine Love

Thou art the mystic echo from the caverns of heart, and the inaudible voice of feeling. Thou unseen charmer of souls, Thou art the fountain flowing from the bosom of friendship. Thou are the unseen cord of self-bound souls and the rays of secret warmth which break buds of feeling into blossoms of endearing, soulful words of poesy and loyalty. … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda

All Bow to Thee

Thou art the One Infinite to the monist; Thou art God and Nature to the dualist; Thou art the finite many to the polytheist; Thou art everything, O God, to the pantheist. Thou art the God of monists, dualists, polytheists, and pantheists. Thou art both the Infinite Ocean and all its finite waves of creation. Because Thou art everything— The … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda Last Smile

Smile Forever

Smile when the roses are budding; smile when the petals of pleasure are falling. Smile when vigor is throbbing in your breast; smile when you have dreaming wrinkles in your brow. Smile when the flowers of praise are showered over you, and smile when the world erects statues of you after you are gone; smile at those monuments of glory … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda at the Sea in Encinitas

My Prisoner

Long You hid Beneath the static of my restless thoughts, Long You fled In the chambers of eerie ether, At last I found Thee Hiding behind the quiet desert dunes Of My desirelessness. Fastened with strong cords of devotion You are my Prisoner. I’ll keep You Locked in the dungeons of silence Fastened beneath the bars of my closed eyes. … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda at Niagara Falls

Magic Sea

For You alone can make a sea With eyes of blue and measureless deep; With transparent heart All hidden with endless mystery. With flying fish perching, On Your silver hair of surf dancing, Somber sea-gulls resting On Your rich watery tresses As the sun bestows its kisses And makes them shine. O Goddess, blue Brine, Intoxicating all votaries with Your … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda at Yellowstone

Ocean of Intuition

Beneath the ocean vast Of intuition, deeply cast Yourself. You touch the Cause Supreme, Spread with pearly wisdom’s beam; And watch tumultuous difference and want retreat, When your soul the Supreme Soul would meet. Armoured by will of steel, Untouched by lamentation, worry sharks. Moving in deep wisdom’s light, Your darkness disappears. Soul solace will appear. With heart made pure … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda in Lotus Pose on Verandah


I obey Thee in the temple of discipline. I love Thee in the temple of devotion. I worship Thee in the temple of my love. I touch Thy feet in the temple of stillness. I behold Thy eyes in the temple of delight. I feel Thee in the temple of emotions. I fight for Thee in the temple of meditation. … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda with Motherly Glance

My Littleness Changed

When I woke in You And my body-dream was no more, I found my littleness changed into Thy vastness, My body into Thy body. My eyes I found In every speck of space. My hands I found Working in all energies. I found all space The sensitive derma Of my vast body. And I can feel All creatures Of creation … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda Standing

Leaving Thy Vow

Blossoms come and seasons change, They all speak of Thee. The moon slightly shows Thy smile, The sun holds Thy lamp of life. When wilt Thou talk to Me, Leaving Thy vow of silence? Wake! Wake! from Thy sleep Speak to me now, O Lord. I have been swimming for Thee In the sea of my tears. In the arteries … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda Looking Up to the Sun in the Woods

I Looked for You

I looked for You Ever since You breathed individuality Into my soul’s dew And separated me from You. Because I am the wave Jerked out of Your sea and have Ever tried myself to reunite With Your boundless bosom of freedom and light; Though lashed And by other waves and by karma dashed Yet again and again The storm of … Read More