Quatrains Describing the Indescribable

During Sivaratri night, a poem was composed that we share today.

If you look carefully, the lines of the first quatrain and each of the subsequent parallel lines relate (mostly).  

Sivaratri Night
Kadavul Temple
February 27, 2014

Siva is not a friend of fathomers,
Of those who seek a God within their ken,
Or those who dwell in twin-mind's separateness,
Or those who think of Him but now and then.

Unfathomable He, mystery untold,
Unseekable, our God, beyond all mind,
Undivided, separateness' nemesis,
Unthinkably beyond what souls may find.

How then to fathom such raw Omnitude?
How to draw near That without breadth or length?
Perhaps just trust. Perhaps just be, and see
That He is there as life, as love's mute strength.

Better yet to know what can't be known,
Defiant Truth that flees the grasp of man,
To say, "I searched but was the searched I sought,
With not a separate thing to understand."

Aum Namasivaya!


4 Responses to “Quatrains Describing the Indescribable”

  1. Amma Vicki says:

    I am reeling just a bit. It will take a bit of time to fathom the meaning of these words. Thank you.

  2. Chandrika says:

    So wonderful! Thank you!

  3. Dora Kovacs says:

    Thank you! So uplifting and profound.

  4. Thillaiampalam Sivayogapathy, Toronto. says:

    Ganapathy Thunnai!
    Aum Namasivaya!
    Jai Yogaswami! Jai Gurudeva!
    Vanakkam to All!

    Aum! it is a very Precise Poem, in the context of MAHA SIVARATHIRI! Wonderful!

    In Yogaswami’s words,

    (1) “NEEYE NAAN & NAANE NEE”
    means, “You are me & I am you”
    It is a very condensed, simple Philosophy.!

    (2) “UNNIL IRRUKUM KADAVUL THAAN, ENNAKULLUM IRRUKIRAR”

    means, “The GOD who is within you, is within me too”
    (No difference!-Swami’s Great comment)

    Aum Shanthi!

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