The Golden Fire
Nisargadatta says, there is no external behavior
or sign that one is your Guru.
"Your only proof is in yourself:
if you find that you turn to gold, then you know
you have touched the Philosopher's Stone."
Wherever you are, in whatever work you do,
the instant you turn your awareness inward
to touch the Master, a golden dawn
illuminates your empty heart sky,
each candle nerve in the star-clustered chandelier
of your brain suddenly bursts into flame,
the melted ghee of surrender drips down
from your forehead to your chest.
You need no image of the Master's face or
repetition of his name, only an un-whispered
touch of remembrance, a Presence-spark,
to ignite the all-destroying sweet ananda-fire
into which you are offered and poured.
This is not the pouring of a Spirit into you,
but the pouring of your self into the un-selved
chalice of the Beloved, where you vanish
toward the pointless Radiance in the bottom
of your heart, which overflows with emptiness
and a silence more tangible than flesh.
This is how your earthly Master becomes a heavenly fire.