When I Take the Vow of Silence
from Songs of the Soul by Paramahansa Yogananda
When I take the vow of silence
To remain enlocked with my Beloved
In the arms of His every whereness,
I shall be busy listening to His symphony
Of creation's bliss songs, and beholding hidden wondrous visions.
Yet I shall not be oblivious of you all.
I shall mutely watch you
Walking o'er me in the fresh grass-blades
And seeing me in my living leafy presences.
I shall behold you with mothering tenderness
Through every crimson blossom
That wears a blush of love to bring you delight.
I shall caress you with the enfolding breeze
To relieve your worries and fears;
And enwrap you in sun warmth
When the chill of delusive loneliness strays into your heart.
When you gaze at the ocean
You will be looking right at me,
United with my Beloved on the altar of the horizon,
Sky-canopied with silver rays o'er the azure wavy hazy sanctuary.
I shall not speak except through your reason,
Nor scold except through your conscience.
I shall persuade only through your love
And your heart's longing to seek the Beloved only.
I shall tempt you — but with the sole temptation
To enjoy the Beloved's love alone.
Forget me if you will, but not my Beloved!
Remembering Him, you cannot forget me.
(aoy) — Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
(bg) — God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda
(dr) — The Divine Romance by Paramahansa Yogananda
(jt) — Journey to Self-Realization by Paramahansa Yogananda
(me) — Man's Eternal Quest by Paramahansa Yogananda
(os) — Other Sources... Talks, Booklets
(sc) — The Second Coming of Christ by Paramahansa Yogananda
(sm) — Self-Realization Magazines