From Gurumayi’s book, Smile, Smile, Smile – a book of 31 poems and one very wonderful talk.

Setting a New Direction

by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda


Setting a new direction

exceeds the reach of the intellect.

Steady self-examination

gives you access to your own soul.

Deep inside the cave of your heart

you receive unmistakable guidance.

By following the beam of its light

you comprehend the heart’s desires.

Otherwise, you steer your life

by the impulses of the senses’

there is no self-control, no sensible decision,

just endless striving to satisfy restless ambition.

The scriptures have set forth

clear directions for all seekers.

Read them, study them, imbibe them,

and choose a direction

to reach the higher goal.

There will be times, unforeseen,

when you will need the Guru’s guidance.

Don’t get stuck in any one pattern;

remain open and humble,

without binding notions.

You may think it is you

who is setting the new directions,

Truly however , it is God

who is shedding light on your path.

Sometimes, midstream, you are forced

to find a new direction.

Look deep into your heart;

it already knows the way.

The truth is,

your heart is already there.


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