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Date Posted: 13:20
Author: ketch - 14 Jul 2001
Subject: Lord of shining light

"I know You, Ancient One, the Lord of shining Light,
Who dwells beyond all darkness and the night;
By knowing You alone can a man cross over death,
There is no other path for him to take.

"All heads are Your heads, all faces Your faces,
You dwell in the heart's cave and all hidden places.
Through the whole universe, You have extended Yourself.
You are Shiva, the auspicious, the ever-present Lord.

"With hands and feet everywhere, eyes and ears
Everywhere, heads and mouths everywhere,
You have filled up every corner of space.
Smaller than smallest and larger than largest.

"Present are You in the depths of our heart.
When free of desires and unshaken by sorrow, we
Seek for You only, then by Your grace, Your
Form and Your glory stand clearly before us.

"You are the woman and You are the man,
You are the youth and the maiden, too;
The old one tottering there with his cane
Is You, who are born here again and again.

"You are the bird of dark-blue hue and the parrot green
With bright red eyes; You are the thunder-cloud's black sheen,
You are the seasons and the seas. Beginningless and
Endless, You are He from whom all worlds are born.

"Can men ever roll up space like a skin?
Then, unless they have known You without and within,
How can they cross over sorrow and death?
O You, whose Light needs no other Light.

"Creator of even Brahma, the creator,
Revealer to him of the knowledge called Veda,
To You, Lord, I come in my longing for freedom;
To You, Lord, for refuge, with reverence, I come!"

Svetasvatara Upanishad

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