Secret of Happiness in Old Age
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age - Plato
When this frame of yours is weak and oldWhen motion slow, even bending a choreYet in moments that are quiet, full of peaceIf a river of joy runs through your heartIt is a sign dear friendThat time is not far for a bright new startWhen the Lord who made it allWho gave this clothing for your soulShall take it awayIt is old and wornYour precious soulTo make you wholeNeeds a bright new suitGiven to youWith a song and danceCry out many,We would like that tooHow does one get that coolA deep sorrow weighs on my headA deep fear troubles my soulIs it hard work?Does one have to pray?Not at all dear friendIt is as easy as a child’s playJust make this dear to your heartLove, truth and simplicityGratitude for what the universe gaveNot what you soughtA little work for yourselfA little for the world aroundHumans, animals and Mother EarthEven now, its not too lateEmbrace love, give up hateYou need not pray, not at allSilently without a soundJust utter His nameAgain and againThe One who made this all.
The past is no morePages of a story toldJust keep the lessonsLet the future unfoldYour nice dress shall be left behindNot just that but all your clothesEven your wealth and homeBank accounts and all you ownAll you shall take is your soulAnd all the soul does holdIf you began when you were youngTo remember the Lord and his nameIt shall be a piece of cakeBut never mind, it’s never too lateYou need not pray, not at allSilently without a soundJust utter His nameAgain and againThe One who made this all.
NOTE: Repetition of holy names is called Jap in Eastern Mysticism. It is a time honored technique for solace to the soul across spiritual and mystic traditions of the world. Here is a link to Ram Jap on YouTube.