Where do you live?

Do you live inside my body?


Do you live inside my vital?

"No, no!"

Do you live inside my mind?

"No, no, no!"

Do you live inside my heart?

"No, no, no, no!"

Do you live inside my soul?

"You stupid fellow!

I never thought

That you could be so stupid.

Of course, if your soul

Were made of charcoal,

I could live there.

But you must know

That your soul is made of

God's own Divinity."

In that case,

I will not dare to ask you

If you live inside God.

"Better not!


The elephant-pride of the mental asylum

Will immediately beckon you!"

Impurity, my dear friend,

Then do tell me

Where you actually live.

"I live inside the beauty

And fragrance

Of your incoming breath."

What about my outgoing breath?

Do you ever accompany

My outgoing breath?

"Yes, I do,

Only when I am forced to."


You are so powerful;

Who could ever dare

To force you?

"Although I am powerful,

Very powerful,

Extremely powerful,

Unimaginably powerful,

I am no match for

Your heart's streaming tears,

Your heart's climbing tears and

Your heart's falling tears,

Or for

Your soul's life-awakening smiles,

Your soul's world-illumining smiles and

Your soul's earth-transforming smiles."

From:Sri Chinmoy,Impurity: the mad elephant mental asylum, Agni Press, 1994
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