Eyebrow hair reaching out like tendrils to grasp
a hearty but trembling students eye–
Guruji, why do we fear your awesomeness?
You are the Father of Compassion,
you will not waste our time.
Vajra-like bolts of geometric wizardry
ricochet off the cement floors of the institute
and the grill bars,
where pre- and post-surgical magic dazzles.
We are stupid,
our bodies uneducated, broken and dull,
uncultured and rigid.
And you accept us all:
blind, crippled, and confused,
drowning in the whirlpool of samsara.
You throw out a thread, a Brahmin’s thread,
Yoga Sutra threads–
Will our hands be strong enough to take hold?
All the while, you are grounded in ascension,
intelligence flowing steadily through your toe roots,
fingernails, and up through the central channel.
You are dog, cobra and lion–
Bark, hiss and roar!
Anahata chuckle and mischievous smile,
Let us not miss your playfulness.
The wrinkles of disapproval on your face
are blasted away suddenly by your luminescent Self
as you coil backwards over a rope swing.
Your feet seeking, no, arriving
The skin of your chest as smooth and taut as an adolescent’s–
90-something year-old bones?
Probably your marrow also denies the passage of time.
You stay in that backbend,
arms outstretched, elbows firm,
armpits radiating like the sun for an indeterminable time,
invisible in your stillness.
nostrils of fire, earth, air, water and ether–
Like mercury, your body pours
from the chalice of sirsasana
into dwi pada viparita dandasana.
Light as the peacock feather that adorns Krishna’s headdress,
You are also the weighty one,
who churns the seas and oceans
of our complacency and comfort.
You prick, penetrate, cut and deepen
with the sword of discrimination–
Yours is the art of transcendence.
Your eyes open–ekagrata!
You say with sadness from the yogi’s trapeze
that the art of yoga will die with your body.
Oh Father of Compassion,
while every cell of your body dances in delight,
we are obsessed with mechanics and semantics and
ignore your transmission.
With the long arms reminiscent of Hanuman
you distribute the gifts of awareness and wood blocks.
even your name has been an offering to us.
108, 1008, 10800 pranams are not enough–
We are indebted…
– Krisna Zawaduk