Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thou art Thyself the One Being

Thou art Thyself the One Being,
ever aware as the self-luminous Heart!
In Thee there is a mysterious power (sakti).
From it proceeds the phantom of the mind
emitting its latent subtle dark mists
which, illumined by Thy Light reflected on them,
appear within as though whirling in the vortices of prarabdha,
later developing into the psychic worlds
and are projected without as the material world
and transformed into concrete objects
which are magnified by the outgoing senses
and move about like pictures in a cinema show.
Visible or invisible, O Hill of Grace,
without Thee they are nothing!

~ Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, from Eight Stanzas to Sri Arunachala (Sri Arunachala Ashtakam)

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