Your Vastness I Glimpsed

Life becomes simpler and more joyous when you surrender to divine will and ask to serve as an instrument of God, humble and steadfast. Vowing to live so that when others see and hear you, they see and hear God, is a tremendously liberating choice. Petty concerns and worries drop away and peace becomes your dearest friend.

Realizing that God is just behind every breath you take and every thought you think is an epiphany of epic proportions. Paramahansa Yogananda conveyed this realization brilliantly in this brief but powerful poem.


Your vastness I glimpsed
In the skies of quietness.
Your joy I tasted
In the fountains of my existence.
Your voice I heard
In my unsleeping conscience.
To Your whisper I listened
On the lips of reason.
Your heart throbbed in my heart,
Your hands I felt working through my hands.
Unbeknown to me
It is You who walked in my feet,
It is You who thought in my brain,
Loved through my love,
And saw through my wisdom.
At first, I thought
I saw, I heard, I felt, I loved.
Now I see
It was You, not me.
At first
Everywhere I saw I, I, I.
Now I see everywhere
It is You, You, You.

Reprinted with permission from Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, California.

Paramahansa Yogananda

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13 Responses to “Your Vastness I Glimpsed”

  1. Dona Koshowany Says:

    Beautifully written and absolutely True!!! Jai Guru Jai!!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Dona!

  3. Denise Says:

    This poem came at the absolute right moment in my life to
    receive it.
    Thank you Phil for sharing its wisdom and beauty.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m so glad you found such meaning in Yogananda’s words, Denise!

  5. andy Says:

    The way Master felt about God when he wrote those verses is the way I feel about Master. I feel him inside me continually connecting me with essence, awareness, and love.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    That’s a very nice feeling indeed, Andy!

  7. Amy Davis Says:

    Phil, I enjoyed meeting you at Convocation. I googled this poem because I heard about it at Convocation. I could not find it in Whispers or Songs of my Soul…Is it there and I need to look again? Peace and Jai Guru!

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Hi, Amy! It was great to meet you as well! I honestly can’t remember where this poem is printed. But at least you know where to find it now.

  9. Amy Davis Says:

    YES! I do!! Thank you!! :)

  10. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I spoke too soon, Amy! I realized that I still had my e-mail to SRF in which I asked for permission to print it. I found it on page 27 of the Spring 2008 issue of Self-Realization magazine.

  11. Amy Davis Says:

    Thank you!! I was told at Convocation it was in a book and I did not write down the name of the book…so I figured it was in Songs or Whispers. I looked at the indexes and flipped pages in each book then went to “the google”. Ah! The internet. I do not keep my magazines in order. I keep my cds from the magazines in a case. The magazine organization is a project….I am sure I have that issue here…somewhere! But, I have the poem. It was mentioned by Brother Santoshananda if my memory and spelling are correct. Thanks!!!

  12. Phil Bolsta Says:

    So you Googled it and just happened to find it on my blog after just having met me? How cool is that?

  13. Amy Davis Says:

    Amazing! Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous…but not so anonymous for us! I had written down the title the way the man remembered it. It was a bit off….but it got me here. :)

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