There once was an elderly man

Who had been poor his entire life

His belongings were meager

Only minimal necessities

He had never gone to school

No formal studies to read or write

He was illiterate and knew nothing of the world

But his eyes shone with a luminous light

A beatific smile appeared on his face–day and night

His countenance was saintliness personified

He recited stories that told of self-realization

And of saints and sages that he had encountered

While traveling the unseen planes through his mind’s eye

He spoke of having merged with the One

And his freedom from attachment to this earthly realm

Living with ease with what life brought–good or bad

Seeing both with equanimity

His calm and loving nature brought peace to others

He imparted awakening to those around him with a glance

His ego had weakened to almost nothing

Wherever he looked, he saw beauty

He had found the Supreme Truth within

He lived in a state of bliss

Nothing could shake his foundation

He lived out his days simply

With everything that he ever needed

And shared it all with others 

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  1. Thanks for this. It reminds me of someone I once knew.


  2. buddhatropolis

     /  July 30, 2011

    This is just so beautiful. I would love to live like this. i have tried to change my way of life through mediation, Buddhism, self-improvement, yoga, etc. Reading this was a reminder. Thanks.


    • Thank you. I would like to be like he was myself–this was a reminder for me too.

      I appreciate your visit and kind comments.


  3. Sometimes things do work for the good. Thanks for sharing.


  4. It’s a reminder that education & empowerment , in the true sense of the word , is not achieved ONLY through formal studies … lovely words … gives you something to think about …


    • Exactly right–our worth and growth as human beings is not just found through books or what we have or know. It’s who we are and how we are “being”.

      Thanks so much for sharing with me, Mish–I appreciate that.


  5. A very simple man, but blessed with wisdom, compassion and love.

    He is a fine example of what we can be (or hope to be).

    Lovely share, my friend~


  6. jgavinallan

     /  July 31, 2011

    A beatific smile…oh how it brings back memories…
    I am intrigues…who is this?
    I will send an e mail with my guess


    • Your guess was very close, Jaye. I didn’t have him in mind in particular, but he certainly fits the description doesn’t he. I read about this real man long ago. In my thinking, this person could be you or me.


  7. real humility paired with courage is an unbeatable combination… powerful!


  8. Gayle,

    I was stopped by your line ” He had found the Supreme Truth within “. It is so thought provoking. Isn’t the truth always there if we just look within???

    Bravo my friend … AAA for you !!!! ~~~~ : – )

    Izzy xoxo


    • Yes, I think all answers are within. We need not look outside ourselves.

      I’m glad you got something out of this, Izzy. Thanks so much for your support.

      Gayle xoxo


  9. I’ve been blessed to know a woman (actually several women) like this in my “former life.” When I think about what the true meaning of humility is one in particular pops into my mind. It is a gift just to have had them in my life.


  10. A simple man with rare gifts is more wealthy and wise than most.
    This is wonderful, Gayle!


  11. ALIVE aLwaYz

     /  August 1, 2011

    You see what you seek, and a man seeking beauty, joy in others can only rise to the stature the words make him in this piece. Nice!


  12. Excellent portrait work.


  13. There are folks with a million degrees – some even in divinity – who think they know it all. The truth is in simplicity, in love. I would really enjoy buying this guy a cup of coffee and hearing about his life. This poem touches on the folks I live for. Thanks so much, Gayle, for a lovely write. Amy


  14. seen such people. thats why i believe knowledge has no connection with books and pen. its the mind that absorbs knowledge and wisdom.


  15. Yes, the humble path, giving all to receive all!


  16. Humility is like that…nothing for oneself and all for others and happiness in the giving. Inspirational!


  17. Sounds like a blessed life he has 🙂 Your words create very vivid pictures.Wonderful 🙂


  18. I’ve been fortunate to know a few folks like this, living saints – saintly teachers. One was a Sister of St. Joseph who was dying of lung cancer and still came to the music room every night to play for us – violin – our own Paganini. In the process of providing herself and us with the joy of her music, she taught us many other lessions: generosity, humility, serentity, trust, joy ….

    A lovely cherishable poem, Gayle. Thanks! You brought back a good memory for me. Blessings …


    • These people are teaching with such a quiet grace aren’t they? Their presence gives me such hope and helps uplift my soul. I first read of a person like this in my favorite book “Autobiography of a Yogi”. A true blessing to be in their company… Thank you for sharing about this wonderful soul, Jamie.



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