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A chaikhana is a teahouse along the legendary Silk Road pilgrimage and trading route linking China to the Middle East and Europe. It is a place of rest along the journey, a place to shake off the dust of the road, to sip tea, and to gather together to sing songs of the Divine...

You are my true self, O Lord

by Shankara

English version by Ivan M. Granger

You are my true self, O Lord.
     My pure awareness is your consort.
     My breath, my body are your handmaids.
I am your holy ground.

My every action is an offering to you.
     My rest is my melting into you.
Every step I take circles you.
     Every word I speak is a song for you.

Whatever work I do, that work is worship of you,
     O Fountain of Bliss!

-- from This Dance of Bliss: Ecstatic Poetry from Around the World, Edited by Ivan M. Granger

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I feel like I should say something about this poem by the great Adi Shankara, but I'm not feeling especially verbal this morning. Sometimes it's best for me to just step aside and let the poem speak for itself. Enjoy!

And be well.

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