ONCE AND NOW
I searched for God in the caves of the Himalayas,
In the pilgrim centres, in river banks;
But I myself am Brahman, God of gods now!
I had once intense love for my sweet home,
Native village, district and province;
But I am now the home of all worlds -
East and Wet, North and South,
Greece and India, Australia and France,
China and Russia have become one.
I loved Tamil once;
But I am 'Om' now,
The source of all languages.
I had once great love for my body;
But now I have realised, "All bodies are mine".
Once one hundred years was too big for me;
But I now abide in Eternity -
No time-piece, no calendar is necessary now.
Once five thousand miles was a great distance for me;
But now I feel, "I am Infinity".
Time, space have vanished.
I have neither home nor house address nor name!
Brahman: Absolute Infinity, God.
-- Sri Swami Sivananda