Tuesday, April 17, 2007

He is Not Confined to One Religion or Place

He is Not Confined to One Religion or Place

In Every Atom He Manifests -- He Dwells in Every Breath

0 friend, in every stone His Light is hidden;
He is not confined only to Mount Sinai;
He is concealed within the veil of thy personality, 0 Prince,
In search of Him thou dost not need to travel far and wide.

All is but a materialization of His Light,
Apart from Him nothing exists;
In every atom He manifests Himself,
And beside Him there is none here and none there;
He pervades the fourteen regions;
All the learned say He is Truth,
And there is no 'if' or 'but' in Him.

He is Christianity among the Christians,
In Islam He appears as Islam.
But He has no banner, and does not bear the shield
Of any particular religion.
Among the Hindus He appears as a Hindu,
But in fact He has no special creed.

He dwells in every object,
But He is a stranger to any partiality;
His nature is One -- without a participant,
And there is none like Him nor different from Him.

He is a river of knowledge
That has no banks, no source and no mouth!
He is Light, pure Light, in the hearts of humanity.
He is not a star; He is not the East;
Ask about His Way of the Word,
for except Truth there is no guide.

0 Nirbhaya, He dwells in every breath.

-- Nirbhayananda Ji,

A well-known monk and metaphysical poet of the 19th Century who lived in Aligarh, Northern India, in his early life. He devoted fifty years to teaching the Vedanta as a wandering sadhu. In spiritual matters what he wrote was out of his own experience.

"Indian Mystic Verse",
translated by Hari Prasad Shastri,
Shanti Sadan Books, London