Thursday, June 7, 2012
Amritanubhav, by Jnaneshwar
Moved by a love indescribable, we adorn ourselves with the passionate radiance of each other's dreamy form, Lover and Beloved, to celebrate the engaging mystery of duality's play of conciousness.
How amazing, this miracle of Love -- that the Beauty we are can know and honor itself as two, not-two!
You and I both share the same unspeakable Divinity, and are consumed in the same fire at the Heart.
At the playful banquet of our dervish delight, we have become each other's hunger, food, and satisfaction.
What elegant sufficiency is this!
If they say we are two, we say, "Not so!" If they say we are one, we can only smile in reply and skip away.
No one can say exactly what we are, nor can we.
What use are names and forms to such lovers, for whom the whole multiverse is one great juicy plum!
Our yearning is our secret -- what greater bliss than this?
It's our yearning that draws us into these luminous forms so we can gaze back upon our essential unity in awe and wonder, clapping and spilling warm tears of pure happiness!
What can disturb this unity, if there is nothing else but this unity itself?
Even to call it "Unity" is a kind of superimposition, a puny fantasy of knowing in the face of the magnificent Unknown of our true being.
Even though the entire world of apparent phenomena is but a tiny cell within our infinite body, never for a moment do we let some sense of separation come between us.
Both the sentient and inanimate arise, sustain, and dissolve within our own vast emptiness, so why talk about an "other"?
Wrapped in robes of golden light, we dwell together in the same heart, as that very heart itself.
Reclining on the perpetually flowering blossom called "Endless", we persist, indivisible, and yet out of such Supreme Enjoyment we have conjured a magical sense of self and not-self with which to play.
In child-like innocence, we've dreamed a fictional story of "you" and "I", but when our true intimacy is recognized, we cannot help but drop off the different masks and merge again into our prior union.
Without you there is no me, and without me there is no you. I am, because you are, and you are, because I am.
How sweet is that, how utterly sublime!
Although even the immensity of the universal manifestation is too small to harbor us, nevertheless we can blissfully exist within the smallest atom.
Your life is mine, mine is yours. Not even a blade of grass can grow between us.
We live in a house called "The Vastness".
When you doze off, I stay up all night and act out both our roles. You do the same for me. What ingenious fun!
When we awaken in each other's arms, the whole multiverse dissolves into quiescent extinction without remainder.
For the sake of the game, we pretend to be two, but the aim is always to realize again our basis -- Oneness.
We're both seen and see together, live and are lived together, by virtue of the sheer divine perfection that we are.
Such is our happiness, that we have become all polarities: light and dark, male and female, day and night, hot and cold, hard and soft, yes and no, and yet we are also beyond both affirmation and denial. Beyond even that!
Through our union, everything has its existence. By the light of our Presence, all becomes visible, bright and alive.
Two voices, one sound.
Two flowers, one scent.
Twin flames, one light.
Two lips, one kiss.
Two eyes, one vision.
God and Goddess, one celestial realm.
Though appearing as two, forever united.
Always drinking from the same chalice, always dining from the same bowl.
You cannot live without me, and without you, I cannot even appear.
How can we be told apart?
I appear because of you, you exist because of me.
Who can tell honey from its sweetness, or wetness from water?
The sun and its light are not two, and so it is with you and I.
The world of form and function is but our playful reflection.
If "to be" meant to be many, none of this endless multiplicity could be, unless we are.
Whatever appears is mind, but we are before mind.
Out of pure emptiness, the unspeakable void, you gave birth to the entire cosmos.
In Union, nothing is seen or known, so out of the abundance of your grace, you brought forth the multiverse as your happy play.
I assume the Witness position, out of love of watching you.
What I behold is your inifinite form -- a Glory words can't touch.
You adorn me with that very Glory, by melting yourself and becoming everything, and all I need do is step out of the way!
In the incomparable thrill of watching you, I can behold the grand totality of the cosmic manifestation. Amazing!
If I couldn't exult in your creative dance, I wouldn't have even come here.
I'd have no reason to exist.
I assume the form of all phenomena as a robe you've woven out of love for me. Without your gift, I'd be naked.
It is only through your graciousness that I appear.
You awaken me and serve me a breakfast the size of the galaxies.
It is good!
I swallow the floating worlds in a single gulp, and then I swallow you too!
This makes us laugh out loud, and we are consumed in pure joy.
Look! Now I am hiding, and can't be found without you, because we are mirrors for each other, each revealing the other.
Since there is no other, this makes us laugh all the more!
Embracing you, I embrace my own bliss.
The love I bring to you is your own love, circling back to you in return.
The simple mechanics of this natural loving is our supreme happiness, though in reality nothing happens. This recognition makes us even happier!
We enjoy the nectar of union by blending and merging, though we have never been separated.
For true lovers, this is no paradox.
Though all the joy of the world is mine, there is no joy without you.
Shiva and Shakti are one, like incense and its fragrance, like fire and its heat, and cannot be separated.
If night and day were returned to the sun, there would be no difference between them.
In the same way, the veil of duality would dissolve if our essential unity was realized.
In the Light of the Supreme Truth, there is no difference between Shakti and Shiva, nor between you and I, Beloved.
When we discover our prior Unity, all words, thoughts, and interpretations melt into silence.
Still, the ocean can enjoy its waves, just as a flower its own fragrance.
Likewise, all can enjoy the vision of Shiva and Shakti, even though there is no real and enduring separation from them.
When the wind becomes still, ripples merge back into the water. When the night is over and dawn breaks through, the one who was sleeping awakens.
Just so, when the sense of separate self is seen through and abandoned, as if it were merely last night's dream, all returns to the clear light of Union.
When the lid is removed from a jar, the air inside rushes out spontaneously and merges with the outside air.
This is how we honor our fundamental truth -- by joyfully seeing through and discarding all superimpositions and facades of separation, thus realizing our prior and immortal nature -- Union.