1. All this—whatever
exists in this changing universe—should be covered by the Lord.
Protect the Self by renunciation. Lust not after any man’s wealth.
2. If a man wishes to
live a hundred years on this earth, he should live performing action.
For you, who cherish such a desire and regard yourself as a man, there
is no other way by which you can keep work from clinging to you.
3. Verily, those worlds
of the asuras are enveloped in blind darkness; and thereto they all
repair after death who are slayers of Atman.
4. That non-dual Atman,
though never stirring, is swifter than the mind. The senses cannot reach
It, for It moves ever in front. Though standing still, It overtakes
others who are running. Because of Atman, Vayu, the World Soul
apportions the activities of all.
5. It moves and moves
not; It is far and likewise near. It is inside all this and It is
outside all this.
6. The wise man beholds
all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings; for that reason he
does not hate anyone.
7. To the seer, all
things have verily become the Self: what delusion, what sorrow, can
there be for him who beholds that oneness?
8. It is He who pervades
all-He who is bright and bodiless, without scar or sinews, pure and by
evil unpierced; who is the Seer, omniscient, transcendent and uncreated.
He has duly allotted to the eternal World-Creators their respective
9. Into a blind darkness
they enter who are devoted to ignorance (rituals); but into a greater
darkness they enter who engage in knowledge of a deity alone.
10. One thing, they say,
is obtained from knowledge; another, they say, from ignorance. Thus we
have heard from the wise who have taught us this.
11. He who is aware that
both knowledge and ignorance should be pursued together, overcomes death
through ignorance and obtains immortality through knowledge.
12. Into a blind
darkness they enter who worship only the unmanifested prakriti; but into
a greater darkness they enter who worship the manifested Hiranyagarbha.
13. One thing, they say,
is obtained from the worship of the manifested; another, they say, from
the worship of the unmanifested. Thus we have heard from the wise who
taught us this.
14. He who knows that
both the unmanifested prakriti and the manifested Hiranyagarbha should
be worshipped together, overcomes death by the worship of Hiranyagarbha
and obtains immortality through devotion to prakriti.
15. The door of the
Truth is covered by a golden disc. Open it, O Nourisher! Remove it so
that I who have been worshipping the Truth may behold It.
16. O Nourisher, lone
Traveller of the sky! Controller! O Sun, Offspring of Prajapati! Gather
Your rays; withdraw Your light. I would see, through Your grace, that
form of Yours which is the fairest. I am indeed He, that Purusha, who
17. Now may my breath
return to the all-pervading, immortal Prana! May this body be burnt to
ashes! Om. O mind, remember, remember all that I have done.
Om. That is full; this
is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this
fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness.