Shiva

“Life springs in her and Mind is born; her face
She lifts to Him who is Herself, until
The Spirit leaps into the Spirit’s embrace.”

Man the Enigma

“A deep enigma is the soul of man. […]
A demigod and a demon and a brute,
The slave and the creator of his fate.”

The Self’s Infinity

“I have become what before Time I was […]
A momentless immensity pure and bare,
I stretch to an eternal everywhere.”

The Dual Being

There are two beings in my single self.
A Godhead watches Nature from behind
At play in front with a brilliant surface elf,
A time-born creature with a human mind.

Lila

“In us is the thousandfold Spirit who is one,
An eternal thinker calm and great and wise,
A seer whose eye is an all-regarding sun,
A poet of the cosmic mysteries.”

Surrender

“O Thou of whom I am the instrument,
O secret Spirit and Nature housed in me…”

Creation

“O sculptor of the living shapes of earth,
O dramatist of death and life and birth,
World-artist revelling in forms and hues,
Hast Thou shaped the marvel of the whirling spheres…”

In the Battle

“… On Life’s long bridge through Time’s enormous sea,
I have accepted death and borne defeat
If by my fall some gain were clutched for Thee.”

The Miracle of Birth

I saw my soul a traveller through Time;
From life to life the cosmic ways it trod,
Obscure in the depths and on the heights sublime,
Evolving from the worm into the god.

The Bliss of Brahman

I am swallowed in a foam-white sea of bliss,
I am a curving wave of God’s delight,
A shapeless flow of happy passionate light,
A whirlpool of the streams of Paradise.

Moments

“The peace of God, a mighty transience,
Is now my spirit’s boundless atmosphere.
All parts are gathered into a timeless whole;
All moments blaze in an eternal year.”

The Body

“This body which was once my universe,
Is now a pittance carried by the soul”