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My heart is clogged with countless wrong desires and selfish attachments.
I will use the Christmas gifts of all circumstances of the new year to purge my heart
So the all-sustaining Christ-Life can flow unobstructed through me.

In the manger of my mind I will give Him all the little joys from the cup of my life.
In the sanctuary of my humble service, in the inner courtyard of my heart's devotion
I will constantly offer the treasures of my highest thoughts and sweetest love.

As the restless thoughts are consumed by my ever-burning devotion to Him alone
His Life will flow through me, lifting my capsized consciousness and carrying
It on the ocean billows of eternity into the cosmic joy behind all things.

Then will I celebrate the real coming of Christ with the birth of each day.
The zephyr of His bliss will permeate every nook of my heart.
My outward life will be sweet-scented with the fragrance of that ever-new joy.

"When He comes, we shall be like Him: for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." -I John 3: 2b & 3

- Swami Dharmananda


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