In open casket dark and gleaming
richly draped in mourning velvet,
I turn into the setting sun,
my final journey now begun.
So calmly swift this polished boat,
so calm and bright the golden sea;
and just ahead, the bright horizon;
and just beyond, the splendor free.
Forgotten all those clumsy dreams
rising up in dark of mind;
earthly beauty left behind.
Now I touch, I drink the sun!
This I, once thick with form and flesh,
through dense atmospheres of life,
now pulses with light –
a glowing awareness
without center or source,
a luminous stillness
in the calm luminous stillness,
the endless course.– CHIDANANDA BURKE
Photo by Kedar