by Stewart Bitkoff
Traveler: There is only One God, or the Light,
yet there are many paths and religions,
why is this so?
Master: Each traveler finds God/Light
In a different way.
One traveler may seek salvation
as a loving spouse and parent
and another may find God's Face
on a distant shore.
Each traveler is a universe
and in this vast expanse
it is easy to go astray.
Only the Light's Grace
leads the traveler home.
Religion may be compared
to a great river that feeds the land.
The river winds its way as a mighty force
and smaller tributaries are formed
to serve the distant regions.
Some travelers are satisfied
to drink of the smaller stream
and forget they must travel
the river to its Source.
Beyond the river's gate,
the Ocean is waiting.
Traveler: Where is the boat
to journey the river
for I am ready to depart?
Master: O little one, you are so eager;
Yet you are already assail
and your soul is the vessel.
Your heart is the compass
and the Light's Mercy is the breeze
at your back.
If you bow in prayer to the Light,
the Light Will provide all you need
ans Guide you to the Ocean. Poetry Chaikhana | Stewart Bitkoff - The Religions