Sant Tukaram

(1608 - 1650 / Dehu, Pune / India)

When I Lose Myself - Poem by Sant Tukaram

When thus I lose myself in Thee, my God,
Then do I see, and know,
That all Thy universe reveals Thy beauty,
All living beings, and all lifeless things,
Exist through Thee.

This whole vast world is but the form
In which Thous showest us Thyself,
Is but the voice
In which Thyself Thou speakest unto us.

What need of words?
Come, Master, come,
And fill me wholly with Thyself.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

From John S.Hoyland, An Indian Peasant Mystics: Translations from Tukaram (Allenson &Co. 1932)

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012



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