The Night Owl 

 

On the wire sat an owl in the dark night

Swinging upon one leg at great height

Tu hoot tu hoot tu hoot it screeched sprite

Mixed the feelings were wrong or right

 

 

One part saw the feathers white

Imagined the swan in moon light

Separating the milk from water erudite

Rejecting the false choosing the right

 

 

The second watched Lakshmi’s flight

The Goddess of wealth smiling sight

Vehicle is here and affluence a kite

Granting your wish of abundance alright

 

 

Another peeped to see a flamingo light

Balancing on one leg like a sage uptight

One leg on the world knotted rope tight

The other wobbling in air of spiritual delight

 

 

Yet another perceived superstitious fright

To see an owl is an omen not too bright

The job at hand is doomed to be slight

O God! Make it go away or at least quite

 

 

Look at the truth said the owl Rama Dasa

That I come at night to feed Rama Dasa

That I am nocturnal and wise Rama Dasa

Drop the mind and see the real Rama Dasa

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My greatest teacher

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

How can you be insane

Teaching the domain

That yourself profane

To the world explain

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

Opponents point the ordain

That I am really mandane

In the teachings I maintain

Never following it again

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

 Realizing this folly disdain

 I resolve to fully abstain

From the chains of ego-train

My soul to keep I retain

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

Then again another campaign

Starts to fight inside brain

Is it worth the effort children

To accept a teacher so arcane

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

Sets the ego to complain

Through the rough terrain

Only the though remain

Churning Truth Mountain

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

 Poisons the first butane

Released during churnane

Of the terrible and élan

Drink it bottom to obtain

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

The nectar of probity humane

Merging I with divine doctrine

A higher flowing ever sustain

Adversity possesses it in grain

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen

 

To be the genesis of all question

To be the seed of all moral stain

To be the trigger waiting to happen

To be the mother of all learnen

 

Adversity you are the bane

As is thought by the sane,

Rama sees it so plain

It is the mother of learnen