Wednesday, June 29, 2005


[RV-X.90; Tr. R. Panikkar; KTK- 32&33]

A thousand-headed is the Man
With a thousand eyes, a thousand feet;
Encompassing the earth on all sides,
He exceeded it by ten finger’s breadth. II 1 II

The Man, indeed, is this All,
What has been and what is to be,
The Lord of the immortal spheres
Which he surpasses by consuming food. II 2 II

Such is the measure of his might,
And greater still than this is Man.
All beings are a fourth of him,
Three fourths are the immortal in heaven. II 3 II

The Moon was born from his mind; the Sun
Came into being from his eyes;
From his mouth came Indra and Agni,
While from his breath the Wind was born. II 13 II

From his navel issued the Air;
From his head unfurled the Sky,
The Earth from his feet, from his ear the four directions.
Thus have the worlds been organised. II 14 II
Ocean Oneness

Silence is round me, wideness ineffable;
White birds on the ocean diving and wandering;
A soundless sea on a voiceless heaven,
Azure on azure, is mutely gazing.

Identified with silence and boundlessness
My spirit widens clasping the universe
Till all that seemed becomes the Real,
One in a mighty and single vastness.

Someone broods there nameless and bodiless,
Conscious and lonely, deathless and infinite,
And, sole in a still eternal rapture,
Gathers all things to his heart for ever.

1930, revised 1942

Sri Aurobindo