[Advaita-l] Message of Upanishads in a nutshell
narayana145 at yahoo.co.in
Sat Sep 12 12:30:41 EDT 2020
I fell in love with the poem and hence
I am sharing with you.The poem is nothing but a mirror held
before a mumukshus to see their true nature
as revealed by the Sages of upanishads.
WHAT AM I
Iam pure consciousness, which stays
unchanged,while all else comes and goes.
Nochange at all pertains to me.
Mylight shines always by itself.
Itshines alone, as what I am.
Iam that light which always shines,
Withoutme, nothing can appear.
thatdisappearance too is shown
bymy illuminating light.
I’mthat which shines when things appear
andalso when they disappear.
Asthings appear and disappear,
I’malways there, quite unaffected
by what comes and goes away.
Whateverchanging things appear
ordisappear, I am still there,
supportingall this changing show –
justlike a changeless background screen
illuminatingwhat it shows
byits own nature underneath.
Myvery nature is to shine.
Myshining is no changing act,
butonly what I always am.
Itis from there that all things rise.
Whateverobject may arise,
I’mthere before it has appeared.
Itis from me that it appears.
Whenit appears, it has come forth
fromme alone. It’s nothing else
butmy own shining, taking shape
inan apparent, changing form.
Allthat appears comes forth from me,
ismade of me, and shows myself
asits unchanged reality.
Andwhen things disappear, they do
nomore than come back home to me,
thus showing what they really are.
Allthings that come and go must show
thatknowing light which makes them shine.
Thatlight is what I truly am,
and it is all that’s truly known. [Ananda Wood]The author's parents were disciples of Sri Atmananda.The readers might have recognized the thought
positions as revealed by Upanishad mantras.
What a beautiful poem it is!
With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy.
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