Monday, August 29, 2005

The I and thou

I am always
Without I.

So where is the one
Who acts or enjoys?

And what is the rising
Or the vanishing of thought?

What is the invisible world,
Or the visible?

In my heart I am one.

What is this world?

Who seeks freedom,
Or wisdom or oneness?

Who bound or free?

-Ashtavakra Gita 20:5-6
From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990

1 comment:

Eliyahu ben Avraham vaSarah said...

When I saw the title to this post I thought maybe it had something to do with Martin Buber's book "I and Thou," but I see I was hugely mistaken.

I don't I've ever heard of the Ashtavakra Gita before. I may have to look it up sometime (y'know, in that fantasy world where I have free time!)

Btw, you have a fine looking blog started here!