Goswami Tulsidas

(1543-1623 / Rajpur, Uttar Pradesh / India)

Within This Body - Poem by Goswami Tulsidas

Within this body
breathes the secret essence.
Within this body
beats the heart of the Vedas.

Within this body
shines the entire Universe,
so the saints say.

Hermits, ascetics, celibates --
all are lost
seeking Him
in endless guises.

Seers and sages perfectly parrot
the scriptures and holy books,
blinded by knowledge.

Their pilgrimage,
and fasting,
and striving
but delude.
Despite their perfect practice,
they discover no destination.

Only the saints
who know the body's heart
have attained the Ultimate, O Tulsi.
Realize this, and you've found your freedom.

While teachers trapped in tradition
know only the mirage
in the mirror.

Comments about Within This Body by Goswami Tulsidas

  • Susan Williams (9/15/2017 5:54:00 PM)

    teachers trapped in tradition
    know only the mirage
    in the mirror. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - this is an observation that makes reading poetry worthwhile! ! !
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/15/2017 3:34:00 AM)

    While teachers trapped in tradition
    know only the mirage
    In the mirror.
    Great teaching to the world.10++
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/8/2015 3:51:00 AM)

    English translation of my previous comment - in Italian.. sorry:

    I didn't know Goswami Tulsidas. I cannot say that his poems / prayers strike me.. but it's still interesting read them.. thanks, Poem Hunter
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/8/2015 3:48:00 AM)

    non conoscevo Goswami Tulsidas. Non posso dire che le sue poesie/preghiere mi colpiscono.. ma è comunque interessante leggerle.. Un ''grazie'' a Poem Hunter (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

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