Another new Vedantic poem composed by Jayaram, an ardent Vedanta student of Arsha Vidya.
The Self Speaks
If your Self could speak
You would hear it say,
“Why search for Me,
In mind as Object?
Verily I am the Subject,
Of all Object Experiences,
I am the Presence in all thoughts
The Presence in meditation’s chant
And, in silence between the chants.
On these as Ever Shining Self I shine,
Un-displaced by thought or chant or silence,
Know that I am Ever Present.
In string of thoughts, like that behind
In pearl necklace, unseen I am,
But like the string behind
The common thread, in train of thoughts I am.
Verily, I am the Vedantin’s SAT
Ever Existing SAT,
The SAT that lends you Existence
And the SAT you see of in all of Existence.”
“As Conscious Awareness of your thoughts,
I do not in them participate,
Nor do I in judgement sit,
For I know not good nor I know bad,
I simply illumine all thoughts,
As humble, permitting Witness.
Verily, I am the Vedantin’s CIT,
All pervading Consciousness,
CIT of all Existence.”
“As Ever Existing SAT,
And All pervading CIT,
I am also Absolute Fullness,
I harbour no wants or needs,
Of human unhappiness, the seeds.
“My Fullness, Vedantin’s call Ananda
Others say Happiness or bliss.
No matter these words and definitions,
Inadequate they are my nature to describe
Verily I am SAT-CIT- ANANDA
Of the Vedantin’s Brahman
The One and Only Reality
Behind all Apparent Reality.”
“Delude not Oh Man: you’re neither Body,
Mind nor Intellect,
Insentient they are, their sentience,
From Me you draw,
Delude not Oh Man: the ‘I’ you think you are,
In all Experience,
Is also thought, by Me illumined,
Unreal as though Real,
From Me they arise; unto Me they resolve.”
Verily the Vedantin says:
“Oh Man, Know this Truth,
Ignorance of Me the cause,
Of all your worldly ills.”
Know that “That You Are.”
Ask not for proof any more,
That You Are,
Tat Tvam Asi.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.