Themes :

A giddy joy comes upon you in the ecstatic state, felt especially as a spreading warmth upon the heart. This is greater and, at the same time subtler, than what is normally called happiness. Happiness is sharp-edged and fleeting, but this joy is filled with peace and completely independent of external circumstances. This quiet bliss is steady and radiant.

The welling up of feeling can be so strong that often one reflexively smiles or even laughs out loud. This behavior is one more reason that spiritual ecstasy is often compared with drunkenness.

Poems with the theme of Smile

  For Presence
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said In my heart Thou dwellest--else with blood I'll drench it
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Nothing but burning sobs and tears tonight
  Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham And YHVH spoke to me when I saw His name
  Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham Circles 3 (from Life of the Future World)
  Adyashanti The Shape of Love
  Alighieri, Dante The love of God, unutterable and perfect
  Angelou, Maya Million Man March Poem
  Angelou, Maya Phenomenal Woman
  Angelou, Maya Savior
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn In Memory of Those Who Melt the Soul Forever
  Attar, Farid ud-Din God Speaks to Moses
  Aurobindo The Word of The Silence
  Avaiyar Vinayagar Agaval
  Basava The waters of joy
  ben Kallir, Eleazar Epithalamium
  Bernart de Ventadorn When I see the lark beating
  Bitkoff, Stewart Desert Tears
  Blake, William Auguries of Innocence
  Blake, William Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem)
  Blake, William Eternity
  Blake, William Hear the voice of the Bard!
  Booth, Philip Saying It
  Brabazon, Francis The Dawn-Song Of His Mouth (from Stay With God)
  Broughton, James Lessen the doldrums
  Broughton, James The Gardener of Eden
  Bulleh Shah this love -- O Bulleh -- tormenting, unique
  Carpenter, Edward Freedom! the deep breath!
  Carpenter, Edward The Lake of Beauty
  Carpenter, Edward The sun shines, as of old
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor To Nature
  cummings, e. e. i am a little church(no great cathedral)
  cummings, e. e. may my heart always be open to little
  Daniel, Arnaut The firm desire that enters
  Emre, Yunus The lover is outcast and idle
  Feuerstein, Georg The Original Oak
  Ghalib, Mirza The drop dies in the river
  Gibran, Kahlil Prayer
  Guilhem IX of Poitou Joyous in love, I make my aim
  ha Nagid, Samuel Answer Me
  ha Nagid, Samuel Red in aspect, sweet in taste
  Hadewijch Love Has Seven Names
  Hadewijch What I sang so often of Love (from Defense of Love)
  Hafiz Hair disheveled, smiling lips, sweating and tipsy
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) Reverence
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) The Thousand-Stringed Instrument
  Hallaj, Mansur al- You glide between the heart and its casing
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Contemplation
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Looking for Each Other
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Please Call Me by My True Names
  Hekhalot Hymns (Anonymous) Hymn for the Descent to the Merkava
  Hildegard von Bingen Ave generosa / Hymn to the Virgin
  Hildegard von Bingen Holy Spirit of Fire
  Holmes, Dick You Have Me
  Hopkins, Gerard Manley Each mortal thing does one thing and the same
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [21] Since I abruptly realized the unborn (from The Shodoka)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [23] When you truly awaken (from The Shodoka)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar Be drunk from it (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
  ibn Gabirol, Solomon Ecstasy
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Every word of every tongue is
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love, where did You enter the heart unseen? (from In Praise of Divine Love)
  Jayadeva My heart values his vulgar ways (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  John of the Cross I Live Yet Do Not Live in Me
  John of the Cross Not for All the Beauty
  Kabir The bhakti path winds in a delicate way
  Kabir The Guest is inside you, and also inside me
  Kabir The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars shines bright
  Kamalakanta O Kali, my Mother full of Bliss!
  Kamalakanta The black bee of my mind is drawn in sheer delight
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [51] The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ
  Khayyam, Omar [75] And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass
  Ko Un A Smile
  Ko Un Indangsu sea, shine dark blue
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu I have been a wanderer long (from The Search)
  Kuzminsky, Irina In the beginning was the Word
  Lalla To learn the scriptures is easy
  Lawrence, D. H. God is Born
  Lee, Li-Young From Blossoms
  Llull, Ramon January (from The Book of the Lover and Beloved)
  Luria, Isaac A Poem for the Small Face
  Machado, Antonio Last night, as I was sleeping [Bly]
  Maharshi, Ramana The Marital Garland of Letters
  McCombs, Chris The Friend Is Always There
  Mechthild of Magdeburg Of the voices of the Godhead
  Meher Baba The Beloved's Face
  Merton, Thomas A Practical Program for Monks
  Merton, Thomas Night-Flowering Cactus
  Milarepa The Song of Food and Dwelling
  Milosz, Czeslaw This Only
  Mirabai The Heat of Midnight Tears
  Mueller, Lisel What is Left to Say
  Nirmala A lasting marriage
  Novalis Uplifted is the stone
  Oliver, Colin Cold Mountain
  Osborne, Arthur Be Still
  Patrul Rinpoche Advice from Me to Myself
  Plunkett, Joseph Mary I See His Blood Upon the Rose
  Plunkett, Joseph Mary The Splendour of God
  Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) My joy
  Rahman Baba Soul Train
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Why disappear into formless trance?
  Ramsay, Jay Sadhu
  Ramsay, Jay Sadhu
  Reninger, Elizabeth Bird Bath
  Rilke, Rainer Maria For your sake poets sequester themselves
  Rilke, Rainer Maria Anticipating the Passion (from The Life of the Virgin Mary)
  Roethke, Theodore In a Dark Time
  Rosenstock, Gabriel I create silences
  Rosenstock, Gabriel I was a beggar
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (4) A daisy picked (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin By the God who was in pre-eternity living and moving and omnipotent, everlasting
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I smile like a flower not only with my lips
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Keep on knocking
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Seizing my life in your hands, you thrashed me clean
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The grapes of my body can only become wine
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin You have fallen in love my dear heart
  Sanai, Hakim The Good Darkness
  Saraha The Royal Song of Saraha (Dohakosa)
  Sarmad Companion
  Sarmast, Sachal I search in the streets, I cast my sights
  Sarmast, Sachal We are, what are we?
  Sarton, May Now I Become Myself
  Saure, Gunter brilliant moons
  Shabistari, Mahmud The Tavern Haunters
  Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) A Song by a Yogi in Solitude
  Shankara The Shattering of Illusion (Moha Mudgaram from The Crest Jewel of Discrimination)
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) Most of the time I smile
  Silesius, Angelus God, whose love and joy are present everywhere
  Singh, Darshan Wonder of wonders!
  Solovyov, Vladimir Near, far off, not here, not there
  Stagnaro, Janaka Going Home
  Symeon the New Theologian The Light of Your Way
  Symeon the New Theologian We awaken in Christ's body
  Symeon the New Theologian You, oh Christ, are the Kingdom of Heaven
  Szymborska, Wislawa A Few Words on the Soul
  Szymborska, Wislawa The Camel
  Tagore, Rabindranath Who are You, who keeps my heart awake? (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath (1) Thou hast made me endless (from Gitanjali)
  Tagore, Rabindranath (63) Thou hast made me known to friends whom I knew not (from Gitanjali)
  Tagore, Rabindranath (80) I am like a remnant of a cloud of autumn (from Gitanjali)
  Teasdale, Sara Joy
  Tennyson, Alfred And Galahad fled along them bridge by bridge (from The Holy Grail)
  Thayumanavar Prayer to Being - Let Us Contemplate
  Therese of Lisieux My Song for Today
  Therese of Lisieux The Divine Dew
  Thompson, Francis The Hound of Heaven
  Tolkien, J. R. R. EƤrendil the Mariner
  Traherne, Thomas My Spirit
  Traherne, Thomas The Rapture
  Traherne, Thomas Wonder
  Trinley, Karma A Song on the View of Voidness
  Trungpa, Chogyam A Heart Lost and Discovered
  Trungpa, Chogyam Expose
  Trungpa, Chogyam The Education of the Warrior
  Tukaram Can water drink itself?
  Tulsi Sahib The Rainy Season
  Underhill, Evelyn Dynamic Love
  Vaughan, Henry Vain wits and eyes
  Vidyapati The moon has shone upon me
  Waghray, Raj The One in White
  Walcott, Derek Love After Love
  Wei, Wang Drifting on the Lake
  Whitman, Walt I think I could turn and live with animals
  Wordsworth, William For I have learned (from Tintern Abbey)
  Wordsworth, William "If the dear faculty of sight should fail (from The Excursion, Book 4)
  Wordsworth, William The Daffodils
  Wordsworth, William Thus while the days flew by, and years passed on (from The Prelude, Book 2)
  Yogananda, Paramahansa God! God! God!
  Yogananda, Paramahansa Samadhi