Sri Chinmoy wrote a fascinating little compendium on the spiritual meaning of animals which was published by Agni Press in 1973. Today’s poem features the swan.
Swan, my swan,
How did you attain your God-realisation?
How did you perform such a difficult task?
“I realised God
By offering my life’s
Ignorance-husk and ignorance-bark to the Supreme
The moment my hour dawned in my weeping life.
What I have now is God.
What I have now is God’s all-fulfilling Illumination-Life.”
Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973