27. O lustre

O nebulous lustre,
O pastime of Infinity,
When will you shine
    In the heart of Eternity?

O Heaven-born lustre,
You can change
The inevitable yoke
    Of human life.

O God-illumined lustre,
Yours is the life
That shines through the muddy impurity
    Of the world’s burning insanity.
Sri Chinmoy, The Golden Boat, part 3, Vishma Press, New York, 1974