Poem by Babaji, Himalayan Saint

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I came across this poem in an astrology book by James Braha (fantastic writings — check out his books online!).

I have many favorite lines from this poem. Two of my favorite lines can be inferred from this accompanying image.

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Anna Ignatieva – Demon and Angel, 2005]

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A Poem by Babaji, A Himalayan Saint

Love and serve all mankind. Assist everyone.
Be cheerful, be courteous.
Be a dynamo of irrepressible happiness.
See God and good in every face.
There is no saint without a past.
There is no sinner without a future.
Praise every soul.
If you cannot praise someone, let them pass out of your life.
Be original, be inventive.
Dare, dare, and then dare more.
Do not imitate. Stand on your own ground.
Do not lean on the borrowed staff of others.
Think your own thoughts. Be yourself.
All perfection and all virtues of the Deity are hidden inside you — reveal them.
The savior also is already within you – reveal Him.
Let his grace emancipate you. Let your life be that of a rose.
Through silence it speaks in the language of fragrance.

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Poet Interview, Kezia Jones

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Interview #55, with poet and preacher’s daughter, Kezia Jones!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

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Loyal, Humble, Loving, Sensitive, and God-Fearing.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

Labels, Tags what is it all 4 2 show

the world you aren’t poor

status symbol of the struggle

a product of your time

proof to the world that u

can shine bright yes u a star

Gucci, Louis, Prada is your light

the label of success

growing up juicy couture

we find our true religion in jeans

and we rock our republic

while our world is falling apart at the seams

but at least we are somebody and we can afford the right things

this is what we struggle 4

these labels and tags have become the American dream

Very nice ;) Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:

My diary is where I released my issues, let out my fears, and learned who I was it was where I first wrote poetry and learned I could express myself through my poetry.

I can totally relate to that :) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

To inspire people to go after their dreams and to seek spiritual connection.

Yes, materialism is not the same as spirituality (and if people can’t understand that, well…). Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Write from your heart.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

www.facebook.com/mytestimonymydiary

www.twitter.com/Queendown4life

www.amazon.com/Kezia-Jones/e/B0080JDV54

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Much thanks to Kezia for stopping by!

Author Interview, Niamh Clune

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Author Interview #31, with author of feminine wisdom stories, Dr. Niamh Clune!

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Hi Niamh! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Author, Visionary, Environmentalist, Humanitarian, Musician.

Share a short blurb of your work (10-100 words):

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Orange Petals in a Storm is a mystical story about a wonderful child who endures great suffering at the hands of the family who inherited her. Though she lives in a harsh reality, she evolves spiritually despite, or perhaps because of the hurt she suffers.

The magical way she transcends her unbearable life through her inner world transports us into the hauntingly beautiful world of the imagination.

Telling you that Skyla triumphs over her situation is not a spoiler — because as you get to know her, you realise there is no other way. She must triumph because of who she is.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

“The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.”
— Paolo Coelho

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

I love every second of the writing process. I am lost in it, consumed by it, but then have to crash through the gates of reality to publish. What I love is scattered to the winds.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Beautiful prose, that by its very nature uplifts and allows soul into life, is my definition of good writing. It is a thing-in-itself, a work of art, a thing of beauty. It is simple, uncluttered by adverbs and adjectives. It is not over-lofty but deeply thoughtful.

The writer of good prose defiantly re-arranges words to paint pictures of light as well as dark and is brave enough to shrink from neither. Grammar is good, in fact, so good it challenges rules. Good prose contains within itself consistency of metaphor and lends three-dimensional depth to character. A reader should know how characters think and feel and be able to identify with those intimacies, as though the writer were speaking from one heart directly to another.

Good writing is musical, has rhythm and timbre. Even if it describes Hell, it does it beautifully…

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Patience, love your words, but never be afraid to edit and discipline them.

Agree with that totally! Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:

Product Links: Orange Petals in a Storm on Amazon.com and Wix.

Social Media: I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Press: I’m a loveahappyending.com featured Author, and am part of the OB (Orange Berry Books) Collective.

Blog #1: http://niamhclunewrites.blogspot.com

Blog #2: http://theobblog.com

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Much thanks to Dr. Clune for stopping by! Be sure to check out her website for more info about her and her soulful/mystical inspirational stories ;)

P.S. This Q&A was part of an Orangeberry Virtual Book Tour.