Bright orb advances to its zenith,
shedding light on a lone supplicant,
deep within himself, breathing focused.
Each gentle inhalation patiently calculated,
flaring the nostrils in measured cadence.
An interminably elongated p a u s e ,
for axenic thought, finally punctuated
by an unhurried deflation through pursed lips.
A straw stream flows 'til the balloon empties.
Cycle repeats; counted as inaudible clicks
on a cherished chain of 108 sacred beads.
At the tasseled end, the lace is reversed,
in earnest, another loop of breaths is begun.
Conscious thought drifts far off and away
as a void is occupied with acute awareness.
Astounding revelation confronts the psyche,
perspective spawns an all too elusive window.
The amusement of wonder stupefies.
Mind and body meld into one once again.
A smirk creases the introspective mask
as the unseeing eyes acquire their focus.
Welcoming the World that has materialized,
a surreal brilliance explored with renewed vigor.
Euphoria emanates from every rock,
vivid splendor realized in the most mundane.
Only Enlightenment can explain the metamorphosis;
all had changed in the blessed interim of one sitting.
Another dimension of sight is fathomed.
Demons no longer garner influence,
as gates of will guard the being.
Eyes of steel are guardians of sight.
Equanimity buffers all experience.
The mind, now a tool, relinquishes the helm.
Content inaction replaces reflexive impulse;
permeating the brain, wisdom fortifies knowledge.
The essence that was is supplanted by . . .