I have inherited

(Sri Chinmoy wrote this soulful tribute to the members of his family in 1973 as part of a 20-volume poetry series entitled The Dance of Life. )

My sister Lily's love and determination
I have inherited.

My sister Arpita's concern and service
I have inherited.

My brother Chitta's poetry and sacrifice
I have inherited.

My brother Hriday's philosophy and wisdom
I have inherited.

My brother Mantu's patience and detachment
I have inherited.

My sister Ahana's music and immensity
I have inherited.

My mother Yogamaya's psychic tears and surrender
I have inherited.

My father Shashi Kumar's inner confidence and outer triumph
I have inherited.