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In His Presence!

Updated on March 1, 2016
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

This poem is dedicated to my spiritual master H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar ji. In this poem, I have tried to express how I feel in His presence. Whenever he comes on stage to address a gathering or meets his followers, generally the first thing he says is 'Hmmm...Are you happy?' Just hearing this simple question fills us with so much joy and gratitude!

You come and gently ask,

“Hmmm…Are you happy?”

And tears well up in my eyes-

Tears of joy, tears of gratitude!

Misery dissolves, doubt vanishes

Sorrow diminishes, joy flourishes.

O Master! Your presence is such a solace

For this weary soul seeking your grace.

I yearn for your flitting glance

So much to convey if I get that chance.

Yet when you look, I’m in blessed silence

Unadulterated happiness and gratitude for your guidance.

So much love and compassion in your eyes

Showering me with blessings, ignoring my vices

Redeeming me from never ending materialistic cycle

Life is now nothing but a series of miracles!

Beginnings- The story of Art of Living

© 2015 Shaloo Walia

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      It's beautiful when someone can inspire so much joy in your life.

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      Shaloo Walia 20 months ago

      Yes Dana...My life has been transformed ever since I met my spiritual master!

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      I agree with Dana. It is really a beautiful thing to be inspired by someone.

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      And I'm in a similar boat. I commend you for this sublime Hub. Jai Guruji!

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      Shaloo Walia 20 months ago

      Thank You Missy! I am forever indebted to my master for the joy he has brought to my life.

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      I forgot to say that I know of him also. I believe that he came to Southall, UK once, but I saw the poster too late. Much Love.

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      Shaloo Walia 20 months ago

      thank you manatita!i see that you have a spiritual master too, so you can definitely understand how it feels to be in His presence!

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      Most certainly! I sat at His feet for 33 years. Only two weeks ago in our annual pilgrimage in Jamaica, Queens, I had a most sublime experience. In fact twice, and Sri Chinmoy has already taken Samadhi!

      So glad that you understand. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

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      Shaloo Walia 20 months ago

      wow...great!

      only those who are on the spiritual path can understand this. my other friends think I'm crazy :)

      Glad to meet you here!I have only heard of Sri Chinmoy but don't know much about him. Now I will definitely read about him and his mission.

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      srichinmoylibrary.org. We have over a thousand books that can be read freely. You can also put any word you like in the search engine once there. My book is a spiritual classic and I can send you the manuscript or you can buy it for a decent price from Vajra publications.com. hari Om!!

      Our way is the devotional way (Bhakti) like that of Ramakrisha, Krishna or Christ. Om Shanti!

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      Shaloo Walia 20 months ago

      thanks for sharing this! I will definitely check out the site.

      I am involved with Art of Living Foundation and ISKCON. So I can relate to the Bhakti marga.

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      Surabhi Kaura 19 months ago

      Shaloo, this was a delight! I admire Sri Sri Ravishankar too. Oh! how I feel we all are connected here on HubPages like one red thread tied around a spiritual tree.

      One of my favourite Art of Living bhajans is this and when I sing, I find solace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awM3d9VAjbU

      Hats off to your graceful poetry! Hare Krishna.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      @Surabhi 'Achyutam Keshavam' is one of my favorite bhajans too. Vikram bhaiya has sung it so beautifully. His bhajan sandhyas are simply awesome.

      I feel blessed to have a Guru in my life who introduced me to this beautiful world of spirituality. My life has been completely transformed ever since!

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      Surabhi Kaura 19 months ago

      Absolutely, Vikram bhaiya sings with all his heart. So glad to know a blessed soul like you :)

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      @Surabhi Vikram bhaiya is not only an amazing singer but an amazing human being too. I am blessed to have his guidance during my initial times of confusion on the spiritual path.

      I consider myself blessed indeed to have met so many beautiful souls at the most unexpected places...just like I met you here at hubpages!

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