Gyaneshwari 606

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar


The Divine and Demoniacal Natures

When in this state, the dark night in the form of Maya ends, then who would remember the dream of world appearance and slumber, in the form of false knowledge? When the bliss becomes plentiful in the city, in the form of non-dualism, dealings in the form of worldly happiness become slack and what is more, in the light of this sun come the bright days, in the form of liberation. When this king of the sky, in the form of the Self rises, he does away with the rising and setting, along with the directions and destroying knowledge along with ignorance, he displays the knowledge of the Self, which had been covered by them so long. In short, he creates this unique dawn (11-15).

Who can see this sun of knowledge, who is beyond day and night and who is a globe of self-illumination without the aid of things that illuminate? Whatever praise I offer to this sun in the form of consciousness, is full of limitations and so I bow to him again and again. In order to praise the great glory of my Master adequately, the intellect has to become identified with the object of its adoration. The articulate speech, vaikhari, along with the inarticulate speeches para, pashyanti and madhyama fade away, in praising your good Self, who becomes known with the cessation of all empirical knowledge of worldly things, who can be praised adequately only through silence and who is attained only with the elimination of the ego (16-20).

If I were to request you to be pleased with the ornate hymns of praise, it will diminish our blissful state of unity. When a poor person coming across the sea of nectar does not know what hospitality should be extended to it and offers it vegetable dishes, that meal should be reckoned as a feast after taking into account the fervour with which it is offered. If someone were to wave the wick-lamp before the sun, he should not think it as a lesser form of worship but view it in the light of his devotion. Who would call it a child, if it knows what is good for it? But the mother feels happy at its ignorant chatter. See if a stream comes to join the Ganga with its dirty water, does the latter tell it to go back (21-25)?