The Path to Your Dwelling

Meera looked to the Hindu figure Krishna as her husband, and won the respect of India with her verse.

How am I to come to you,
When I stand outside a locked gate?
The path to your dwelling
Runs steep and dangerous.
In fear I climb, step by step,
The path to your dwelling,
So steep and dangerous.
O Lord, you seem so far away
That my mind goes up and down.
As I climb, the sentinels watch
And the robbers wait to waylay me.
Though the path to your dwelling
Is steep and dangerous,
You have called me home.
Meera's wanderings are ended.
She has found her way to your feet.

From God Makes the Rivers to Flow by Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, copyright © 1991; republished by permission of Nilgiri Press, Tomales, California.