LOOKING AT A PHOTOGRAPH OF SHIVABALAYOGI

Swamiji, Shivabalayogi Maharaj 1935-1994

Swamiji, Shivabalayogi Maharaj
1935-1994

April 6, 2014

We are looking at a photograph of Shivabalayogi
his smile just as I remember it.
The nipple of his right breast showing through the shawl,
the breast beginning to swell as a mother’s will
between feedings.

Shivabalayogi tells me
every moment this world is both a wedding feast and a crucifixion.
Sometimes I am a baby calling for his Mother
sometimes a Mother whose child was lost
but ready now to be found.

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