Adi Shankara Bala Bodhani verses - The Power of Glamor
- For the world-glamor has two
powers -- extension and limitation, or enveloping. The power of
extension brings into manifestation the whole world, from the
personal form to the universal cosmos.
- This manifesting is an
attributing of name and form to the Reality -- which is Being,
Consciousness, Bliss, the Eternal; it is like foam on the water.
- The inner division between the
seer and the seen, and the outer division between the Eternal and
the world, are concealed by the other power, limitation; and this
also is the cause of the cycle of birth and death.
- The light of the witnessing Self
is united with the personal form; from this entering in of the ray
of consciousness arises the habitual life -- the ordinary self.
- The isolated existence of the
ordinary self is attributed to the witnessing Self, and appears to
belong to it; but when the power of limitation is destroyed, and the
difference appears, the sense of isolation in the Self vanishes
- It is the same power which
conceals the difference between the Eternal and the visible world;
and, by its power, the Eternal appears subject to change.
- But when this power of limitation
is destroyed, the difference between the Eternal and the visible
world becomes clear; change belongs to the visible world, and by no
means to the Eternal.
- The five elements of existence
are these: being, shining, enjoying, form and name; the three first
belong to the nature of the Eternal; the last two, to the nature of
the visible world.
- In the elements -- ether, air,
fire, water, earth; in creatures -- gods, animals, and men, Being,
Consciousness, Bliss are undivided; the division is only of name and
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