Feb 15 2019

Ellen Grace O’Brian – Maya

Published by at 8:43 am under Poetry

by Ellen Grace O’Brian

Buddha points to the earth
Zen master points to the moon
Arjuna points to the target
Mary points to her child
Jesus points to the heart
Rumi points to Shams

We all look
until we see

— from The Moon Reminded Me, by Ellen Grace O’Brian

/ Image by hapal /

I’m not quite sure why, but reading this poem this morning makes me want to laugh.

Everyone is pointing in all directions, yet they all somehow point at the same spot.

We all look until we see.

Recommended Books: Ellen Grace O’Brian

The Moon Reminded Me Living for the Sake of Your Soul A Single Blade of Grass: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Life Living The Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life

Ellen Grace O'Brian, Ellen Grace O'Brian poetry, Yoga / Hindu poetry Ellen Grace O’Brian

US (Contemporary)
Yoga / Hindu

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian teaches the riches of Indian philosophy in a fully accessible and inspiring way for newcomers and longtime practitioners alike. She is a poet, teacher, writer, and spiritual director of Center for Spritual Enlightenment — a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California, USA. She teaches nationally and internationally and is the recipient of the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Promotion of Religious Pluralism. Her published works include Living the Eternal Way: Siritual Meaning and Practice in Daily Life and Living for the Sake of the Soul, as well as three volumes of poetry.

More poetry by Ellen Grace O’Brian

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Ellen Grace O’Brian – Maya”

  1. Christine Kennedyon 15 Feb 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I was thinking something similar just the other night – i,e, – the idea that “we all look until we see” only not in those words exactly… It occurred to me that it doesn’t matter what “vehicle” we use to get there, what “belief”, what “religion” what “form” of “spirituality.” It all will drop away once we truly “see.” 🙂

  2. Elaon 22 Feb 2019 at 10:02 am


    All religions believe that the
    Supreme Soul is Incorporeal
    Above birth, death and suffering
    All knowledge full and Bliss full
    Almighty being of light

    In every human body there is a
    soul or a self which has ability to
    experience and relate to others
    self has a goal or a purpose to
    attain perfection and liberation
    from all sufferings and to
    attain ever-lasting happiness

    Soul has an aura which has
    its influence on matter the body but
    the soul and matter are separate and
    not convertible into one another

    Soul takes another body after
    it leaves one body or it does not
    reincarnate but it continues to exit
    to get reward or punishments

    Basic moral law of action is that
    sooner or later one reaps as one sow

    The cause of suffering is
    violation of moral or other laws

    One can learn the truth about the
    self the world and the Creator and
    can remember his true identity and
    use this ability in a right way to do
    actions that don’t result in bondage.

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply