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Forty Verses on Reality
- Verses 1 - 8
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Forty verses on Reality, Verses 1 - 8
- From our perception of the world there follows
acceptance of a unique First Principle possessing various powers.
Pictures of name and form, the person who sees, the screen on which he
sees, and the light by which he sees: he himself is all of these.
- All religions postulate the three
fundamentals, the world, the soul, and God, but it is only the one
Reality that manifests Itself as these three. One can say, 'The three
are really three' only so long as the ego lasts. Therefore, to inhere in
one's own Being, where the 'I', or ego, is dead, is the perfect State.
- 'The world is real.' 'No, it, is a mere
illusory appearance.' 'The world is conscious.' 'No.' 'The world is
happiness.' 'No.' What use is it to argue thus? That State is agreeable
to all, wherein, having given up the objective outlook, one knows one's
Self and loses all notions either of unity or duality, of oneself and
- If one has form oneself, the world and God
also will appear to have form, but if one is formless, who is it that
sees those forms, and how? Without the eye can any object be seen? The
seeing Self is the Eye, and that Eye is the Eye of Infinity.
- The body is a form composed of the five-fold
sheath; therefore, all the five sheaths are implied in the term, body.
Apart from the body does the world exist? Has anyone seen the world
without the body?
- The world is nothing more than an embodiment
of the objects perceived by the five sense-organs. Since, through these
five sense-organs, a single mind perceives the world, the world is
nothing but the mind. Apart from the mind can there be a world?
- Although the world and knowledge thereof rise
and set together it is by knowledge alone that the world is made
apparent. That Perfection wherein the world and knowledge thereof rise
and set, and which shines without rising and setting, is alone the
- Under whatever name and form one may worship
the Absolute Reality, it is only a means for realizing It without name
and form. That alone is true realization, wherein one knows oneself in
relation to that Reality, attains peace and realizes one's identity with