537. Devotion

I offered my purest devotion to God.
He accepted my devotion only to increase
Its height and depth in boundless measure.

I offered my surest devotion to man.
He accepted my devotion
Only to criticise and belittle
My sincerity’s heart.

I offered my blue-gold devotion to Heaven.
Heaven accepted my devotion
With a smile, a half-knowing smile.

I offered my devotion to the green-brown earth.
Earth suspected, rejected,
Strangled and buried my devotion-life.
Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Light, part 11, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1974