This I Know

By Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi


When I sit down

with my beads

I hear the message

Speak only what you know

Which was speaking to another

Upcoming part of my day

But also spoke to me in general

And this I know

My japa grounds me

Holds me together

Soothes my mind

Frees my spirt

The mantra touches me

With sweetness

And safety and a feeling

Of home like no other

And the world whirls

And my mind whirls

As time marches on

As life barrels through

Krishna’s name speaks to me

This I know while living and breathing

In the often great unknown of what’s ahead

In the everyday moments of my life in front of me

And the journey back to where I first belong.

Ananda Vrindavan is one of my dearest friends.  In addition to being a beautiful poet, she is the community president of ISKCON of DC.  Please visit their website at iskconofdc.org   Her poems regularly appear on our Urban Devi website.  — Rukmini