By Nayaswami Narayan
October 29, 2019
My favorite chant right now is one of Paramhansa Yogananda’s called “In the Valley of Sorrow.” The lyrics and melody are hauntingly beautiful:
“In the valley of sorrow, a thousand years or till tomorrow
But I’ll wait to see You, You, You, just You
My Lord I want to see only You, You, just You
“My heart’s aflame, my soul’s afire
Just for You, You, just You
My Lord I want to see only You, You, You, just You”
Rather than wallowing in self-pity which masks our divinity, this chant offers us a superconscious solution for sorrow. Instead of ruminating on our problems and asking “Why me?” we get lost in the reverie of “You, You, You, just You.”
This chant reminds us that we can use sorrow as fodder for our Self-realization. Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of all invention. Herein lies the value of suffering and sorrow. It drives us (through utter desperation!) to realize just how badly we need God and cry, “My Lord I want to see only You, You, You, just You.”
Although from a cynical, worldly point of view life ends in nothing but sorrow, the endless ending of our souls lies in eternity and infinity. When we think of God, commune with God, and chant “You, You, You… just You” our problems and sorrows melt away and are transformed into the love and joy of God.
Another aspect of this chant that I love is its personal nature. You’re chanting to God in the second person, “You.” Ultimately, “Knowing, Knower, Known” (as Yogananda says in his poem Samadhi) are One! The scriptures tell us “Thou art That” which is the ultimate Vedantic truth. But for me this chant evokes the devotional yearning which leads to the realization of this truth.
It dawned on me as well that this chant expresses the compassion Divine Mother and the great Masters hold in their hearts for all of us. That is to say the Masters care about “you, you, you… just you!” As Swami Kriyananda says in the Festival of Light:
Greater can no love be than this:
from a life of infinite joy and freedom in God
willingly to embrace limitation, pain, and death
for the salvation of mankind.
Such, ever, has been the sacrifice
of the great masters for the world.
Jesus Christ, Paramhansa Yogananda, the Buddha, great saints of all religions care about two things that are one and the same: You, You, You, just You. They are on fire for God and their hearts are burning with the desireless desire to ignite the wildfire of Divine Love and Bliss in our beings.
Let’s journey to the sacred heart of inner communion with the Lord and His Saints and radiate love and blessings to all, singing:
“My heart’s aflame, my soul’s afire, Just for You, You, You, just You.”
Do you have a favorite chant or inspirational song right now? Please share with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below.
Joy to You, You, You, Just You!