Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blowing in the East Wind

One should raise
the self by the self;
one should not
degrade the self.
Indeed, the self alone
is the self's friend;
the self alone
is the self's enemy.

The self is the friend
of that self
by whose self
the very self is conquered.
But for one who is not
truly one's self--
in enmity, that very self
would remain like an enemy.

For one whose self is conquered,
who is peaceful--
that one is fully absorbed
in the higher self
While in cold and heat,
happiness and suffering,
likewise, honor and dishonor.

One whose self is
content in knowledge
and in realized knowledge,
who is focused on the highest
with senses conquered--
That one,
"absorbed in yoga,"
is said to be a yogi
for whom earth, stones,
and gold are the same.

~ from the Bhagavad Gita


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