My first guide was Mother, who taught me to pray
then I learned about Jesus and the Christian way.
Years later, I discovered Yogananda and his
teachings of grace,
and many more mystical sages and saints.
I embraced Mahavatar Babaji, the Kriya guru,
who magically maintained his countenance of
about age twenty-two.
I’ve studied the Sikhs and their legacy of writings,
that I’ve read and reread and found so inspiring.
Yogi Bhajan was my teacher who taught me yoga, meditation and service
and doing right by our brothers by putting them before us.
I learned about Lakshmi, Saraswati, Sita and Rama,
Ganesha, Hanuman, Kali and Shakti–
these Hindu deities are always with me.
And now added to that are the Buddha’s forms–
there’s Mother Kwan Yin, bodhisattva of compassion,
who touches my heart deeply, never to be forgotten.
There’s Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, the Dalai Lama
all whose inspirations help balance my karma.
I feel these guides near me,
encircling me with love,
supporting me when needed,
always enriching my soul.