Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Am, I Am


'I am the infinite deep
In whom all the worlds appear to rise.
Beyond all form, forever still.
So am I.'

~ Ashtavakra Gita

The satguru, Neem Karoli Baba, called the Ashtavakra Gita 'the purest of scriptures'. All its beauty is in its transparency, its enraptured and flawless purity.

'If I penetrate to the depths of my own existence and my own present reality, the indefinable AM that is myself in its deepest roots, then through this deep centre I pass into the infinite I AM which is the very Name of the Almighty.' ~ Thomas Merton, contemporary scholar and mystic.

When mystics say 'I am God', they are not talking of an individual person. Their inner explorations have revealed the true nature of the Self, and it is this that they identify with God. They are claiming that the essence of Self, the sense of 'I am' without any personal attributes, IS God. 'I am' is one of the Hebrew names of God, Yahweh. Derived from the Hebrew YHWH, the unspeakable name of God, it is often translated as 'I AM THAT I AM.'

I am blissful, I am bountiful, I am beautiful, I am, I am.

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