May the long time sun shine upon you
all love surround you
and the pure light within you
guide your way home
In writing another article, I thought of this verse and it seemed appropriate. However, when I looked up its source, I found another curious mis-attribution.
The verse is often referred to as an Irish blessing or a Sikh or Kundalini closing prayer.
It’s actually from the closing section of the long A Very Cellular Song by The Incredible String Band. The song is a mixture of parts that include an ode to an amoeba (hence the title) that was written by Mike Heron (a Scot) in 1967. The verse was played as a closing ditty at their live gigs in the late ’60’s. (They also played at Woodstock but refused to play in the rain Friday night with the other folkies. They where rescheduled the next day with the rockers prior to Canned Heat so where not filmed)
Yogi Bhajan came to the west in 1968. One day when he arrived at an event, students performed the verse for him and he asked them to continue. Then he asked them to play it after classes. It became a tradition to close classes, then practices with it. Thus was born the Yogic “tradition.”
Here is the original:
A Very Cellular Song (about 10.5 min into the song)
I like the kirtan version better. 🙂
Beautiful verse even if the author saw it as just a trip.