“Prayer to the self” by Swami Venkatesananda

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“Prayer to the self”
by Swami Venkatesananda

When the intelligence is free
from the cloud of ego-sense
and from the thunderstorm of cravings,
it shines with the light of self-knowledge.
O self, free from the mire of ego-sense,
salutations to you.
O self, in whom the fearsome senses
and all-consuming mind
have attained quiescence,
salutations to you.
O self, the sun that dispels the darkness of ignorance in the heart, salutations to you.
O self, the promoter of supreme love
and the sustainer of all things in the universe,
salutations to you.
Even as steel cuts the steel-beam
which has been heated,
I have subdued the mind
with its own purified state.
Egolessly, my body functions with its inherent energy.
The past tendencies, mental conditioning and limitations
have been completely destroyed.
I begin to wonder: how was it that for such a long time
I was caught up in the trap of the ego-sense!
Freed from dependency,
from habits of thought,
from desires and cravings,
from deluded belief in the existence of the ego,
from the coloring of pleasure-seeking tendency
and from revelry —
my mind has reached a state of utter quiescence.
With this, all sorrow has come to an end
and the light of supreme bliss has dawned!
 
BUY:
The Concise Yoga Vasistha, On Dissolution    
Swami Venkatesananda,  p. 195.


This poem was given me as a gift by a dear friend Marty who walks with wisdom and depth of heart.
—Bei Kuan-tu
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