The Self

The Self long poem

Meditating quietly,

On the self within,

In the serene calm of mind

Devoid of motion or sound

Every day,

Like a vibration,

With a speed of thought,

I travel manifold universes

& Beyond,

Amusing my-self

In various lokas¹,

Ever shining,

A resplendent Sun

Dispelling darkness

In foremost quarters,

By my own cause

I create brilliant universes

Of flashing lights and colors

By my own reflection

I breathe life into them

& also annihilate them

Resting in my self

And seeking refuge

In the self within

Without beginning or the end,

The karma² bounds me not

Free from the clutches of Kala³,

From twin extremes,

Always neutral, ever free

Ever alone, but never lonely,

Without duality,

Changeless,

Silent,

Beyond words and cognized senses

And lo,

The un-realized ponder

What is this self? Who is this I?

I am Sat, Chit & Ananda⁴

I am the wonder of the wonders

I am Brahman⁵, I am Atman⁶, I am self

You art I & I am you

Yet, who understands me?

AUM Tat Sat⁷.

Glossary:

1.    Loka: Vast space, the wide world, sky, heaven, any division of the universe.

2.    Karma: The law of cause and effect

3.    Kala: Ref. to Yama, The Lord of Death or Time Personified

4.    Sat: Absolute Truth (Absolute Being); Chit: Divine Consciousness;

       Anand: Absolute Bliss i.e. Being Consciousness Bliss

5-6. Brahman = Atman (Interchangeable): The Absolute Reality

7.    AUM: The Udgitha, The Vibration (referring to Brahman), The Essence of All the        

       Vedas, Permission (Yes) (Chandogya Upanishad); Tat: All that is; Sat: Truth. i.e.

       The triple designation of Brahman (Bhagwadgita.)  

Note: Many Sanskrit words have no one word English equivalents. The terms like Brahman cannot be defined. The Terms used here can render more meanings but I have provided meanings in the sense I have found them appropriate in my expression.

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