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The Burning Oil Lamp

By Sacinandana Swami

Think of your heart
as if it’s an oil lamp.
First it needs to be cleansed,
then supplied with fresh oil.
Yet still,
the flame that ignites the lamp
is given from above. “

Disciple:
“What is the oil in this lamp?”

Guru:
The five kinds of nectar:
“Worship the Lord with deep love and devotion,
Glorify him with joyous kirtan,
Meditate on his beautiful form and nature,
Hear attentively about his qualities and pastimes,
Offer him your obeisances full-heartedly. [1]

After doing your part
of cleansing the heart
and nourishing the soul,
depend on Radha and Krishna to ignite you!
All the while,
continue to drink the five kinds of nectar.
Never stop!
No matter what the waves of life throw at you,
keep the flame burning
Divine Mercy can ignite you at any moment…”

[1] Inspired by Manah-Siksa 11 Instructions to the mind by Srila Raghunath Dasa Goswami 

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