25. In my hermit heartIn my hermit heart
I dread noise and love silence.
I have wrestled with heavy doubts
And now I wear victory's crown.
The length of my aspiring life
Is increasing fast, very fast.
The length of my desiring life
Is becoming slender, very slender.
Soon it will perish in the abyss
Of lifeless nothingness.
In my hermit heart
God's Compassion is invoked by me to sing,
God's Love is invited by me to play.
My heart of gratitude,
My life of surrender
Will watch them sing and play.
Sri Chinmoy, The Dance of Life, part 1, Agni Press, 1973