Tirukkural 1: The Praise of God

As the letter A is the first of all letters, so the eternal God is first in the world

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The first faculty of the expression of the inner being of your immortal soul is the great power of observation, to learn through observation, as your individual awareness detaches itself from that which it is aware of.
—Gurudeva