Monday, August 10, 2009

. . . finding self . . .

Self is everywhere, shining forth from all beings.
Vaster than the vast, subtler than the most subtle.
Unreachable, yet nearer than breath, than heartbeat.
Eye cannot see it, ear cannot hear it nor tongue
Utter it; only in deep absorption can the mind,
Grown pure and silent, merge with the formless truth.
He who finds it is free; he has found himself'
He has solved the great riddle; his heart is forever at peace.

Whole, he enters the Whole. His personal self
Returns to its radiant, intimate, deathless source.
As rivers lose name and form when they disappear
Into the sea, the sage leaves behind all traces
When he disappears into the light. Perceiving the truth,
He becomes the truth; he passes beyond all suffering,
Beyond death; all the knots of his heart are loosed.
Mundaka Upanishads
Written 2,500 years ago


  1. hi bonnie - this is a powerful and beautiful piece. there's so much inside that writing. i wonder what life was like for the people to whom this was current? i wonder what their society in general felt like? i wonder why knowledge such as this has such relatively limited currency despite its having been available for such a long time......... thanks for sharing this. i'll be reading it again later when it's quieter in my home!!!! have a fruitful day. steven

  2. Finding yourself is a gift to oneself. Inner peace and joy. I love coming to your blog. It is always so inspirational. Thank you.

  3. Yes Steven: Available for so long, yet known and appreciated by so few . . . You ask important questions.

  4. Ah, bless you Bonnie....mystical words to savor. I recently read Deepak Chopra's novel telling the story of Buddha's life....I really do my best to grasp these concepts, but, alas, I am far from enlightenment, yet, happy to wander on the path! (or stream...)
    have a blessed day,

  5. Choices: I'm so glad - that's what I was hoping for. I truly appreciate your visits.

  6. An Open Heart: Having an open heart and the willingness to wander and wonder - sounds like the right path to me.

  7. Beautiful post. Finding inner peace with oneself is truly a journey, but certainly is worthwhile...

  8. So often one reads something which is so true only to find that it was written a long long time ago. Love this piece Bonnie.

  9. beautiful post! and a great way to start the week with a moment of self-reflection. :)


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