• Swami Purnananda

May 3, 2021 || Daily Thought & Prayer


Thought

Who am I? Student asks one night

To one with face of wisdom’s light


I am not the wind-blown mind

Nor changeful thinking intellect,

Nor fragile ego strutting proud

Nor sensitivities hushed or loud


I am He, I am He, Blessed spirit, I am He!


Not earth, nor gold nor iron nor sky

No birth, no death, no caste have I;

No status, luck or wealth have come

For father and mother have I none.


I am He, I am He, Blessed spirit, I am He!


Beyond fanciful flights, devoid of form

Permeating through living limbs of all;

Bound not by form, nor of mine or me

I fear not bondage for, I am ever free!


I am He, I am He, Blessed spirit, I am He!

(Adapted from Adi Shankaracharya’s poem)


Prayer

O Immortal Self attract my mind to Thee through my Guru’s grace. Grant that I may understand what Sri Shankaracharya has expressed: “if to the Guru's feet thy heart untethered still remain. Then all thou hast achieved on earth is vain, is vain, is vain.”

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