About the Book
Poetry says what the mind can only glimpse but the heart knows full well. It is the ancient language of the soul spoken by all mystic bards of Bhakti, the yoga of devotion calling us to awaken to divine Love. Through the ages, poetry persists as the soul insists on revealing itself again and again.
In her luminous poems, Ellen Grace O’Brian manages to braid contemporary moments of everyday life with ancient spiritual teachings—the sight of a hummingbird’s red throat, bread on the table, a couple’s quarrel, a mother’s advice—become doorways into the divine mystical heart. The Moon Reminded Me, subtly laced with Sanskrit, gives us an insight into a poet who bridges two worlds eloquently enough to take us along with her. Sandhya, the numinous time for stepping into the temple, suddenly becomes this moment, now.
The moon, shining in many of the poems, became the perfect reminder of the divine light reflected in our days and nights, hearts and minds. The arc of the work—from transformation to the realization of oneness—is the prayer of this work and the purview of its poetry. These poems are my humble attempt to put that into words, what I know or suspect but cannot say. I offer them at your lotus feet.
—Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian
Upcoming Book Events
The times we live in require us to develop a “literacy of the heart”—a deeper quality of listening, discerning, and connecting heart to heart and soul to soul. Literature itself, both poetry and prose, plays a timeless role in awakening our hearts to deeper truths we may otherwise miss.
Poetry says what the mind can only glimpse but the heart knows well. It is the ancient language of the soul spoken by all mystic bards of Bhakti, calling us to awaken to divine Love. Through the ages, poetry persists as the soul insists on revealing itself again and again. O’Brian’s reading from her new award-winning collection of poems invites the mind to sink into the heart of divine remembrance.
The Extravagant Mercy of the One: Afternoon Poetry and Concert with Ellen Grace O'Brian and David Rhodes
While the poetry speaks directly to the soul reminding us of what matters most, the music will take your mind and your heart on the journey of divine remembrance.
May 7, 2017 - San Jose, CA