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Well Done, Lord! (By Swami Kriyananda)

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In India there lived by the banks of a stream

A hermit whose prayers chose applause for their theme.

He gazed at the flowers, and he smiled at the sun,

Then he clapped with delight: “Lord,” he cried, “Oh, well done!”

 

Well done, Lord! Oh, very well done!

The mountains that laugh with the gypsy clouds!

The fields smile to welcome the sun;

All nature sings praises aloud.

The fields smile to welcome the sun;

All nature sings praises aloud.

The trees dance to show their elation:

A day on God’s earth has begun;

And every true heart in creation

In speechless wonder is bowed;

And every true heart in creation

In speechless wonder is bowed.

 

Well done, Lord! Oh, very well done!

The joy that You’ve planted in children’s hearts!

The thrill known in bearing a son;

The hope when a trial departs;

The thrill known in bearing a son;

The hope when a trial departs.

The gladness of men in their neighbors,

Of youth, in its victories won!

Our joys are the proof of Your labors:

How wonderful, Lord, are Your arts.

Our joys are the proof of Your labors:

How wonderful, Lord, are Your arts.

 

Well done, Lord! Oh, very well done!

At last I’ve discovered the mystic key:

The world’s joy, O Secretive One!

Replies to Your sweetness in me.

The world’s joy, O Secretive One!

Replies to Your sweetness in me.

For here in my heart lies the answer:

Your love shedding light like the sun!

All life seems to leap like a dancer,

When, gazing, I see only Thee!

All life seems to leap like a dancer,

When, gazing, I see only Thee!

 

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ABOUT SWAMI KRIYANANDA In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God within. He taught on four continents in seven languages over the course of 65 years. His talks, his music, and his many books have touched the lives of millions. An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his more than 150 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one’s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas. A composer since 1964, Walters has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. His books and teachings on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science. He wrote extensive commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, both based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

He is known as the “father of the intentional communities movement,” which began in the United States in the late 1960s, fulfilling Yogananda's dream. He founded the first of what are now 10 Ananda communities worldwide in 1967 near Nevada City, California. Other Ananda communities have developed over the years to include Ananda Palo Alto, Ananda Sacramento, Ananda Portland, Ananda Seattle, Ananda Los Angeles, Ananda Assisi in Italy, and Ananda India near Delhi and Pune. Each community has a spiritual focus (a teaching center and temple) and a community (homes where members live). More than 1,000 people live in these intentional spiritual communities. Swami Kriyananda’s example of inspired leadership was the reason for Ananda’s success. He uplifted and encouraged people through personal example, spiritual counseling, writing, lecturing, music, and prayer.

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