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November 20th, 2013

Subtraction

Between me and You, there is only me.
Take away the me, so only You remain.
      -- Mansur al-Hallaj


-- from Perfume of the Desert: Inspirations from Sufi Wisdom, by Andrew Harvey / Eryk Hanut
Poetry Chaikhana | Mansur al- Hallaj - Kill me, my faithful friends
Chapter 7. Knowledge of the Absolute
Chapter 7, Verse 1.
Now hear, O son of Prtha [Arjuna], how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.

Chapter 7, Verse 2.
I shall now declare unto you in full this knowledge both phenomenal and noumenal, by knowing which there shall remain nothing further to be known.

Chapter 7, Verse 3.
Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.

Chapter 7, Verse 4.
Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego--all together these eight comprise My separated material energies.

Chapter 7, Verse 5.
Besides this inferior nature, ... there is a superior energy of Mine, which are all living entities who are struggling with material nature and are sustaining the universe.

Chapter 7, Verse 6.
Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both its origin and dissolution.

Chapter 7, Verse 7.
..], there is no Truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.

Chapter 7, Verse 8.
..., I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.

Chapter 7, Verse 9.
I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics.

Chapter 7, Verse 10.
.., know that I am the original seed of all existences, the intelligence of the intelligent, and the prowess of all powerful men.

Chapter 7, Verse 11.
I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles...].

Chapter 7, Verse 12.
All states of being--be they of goodness, passion or ignorance--are manifested by My energy. I am, in one sense, everything--but I am independent. I am not under the modes of this material nature.

Chapter 7, Verse 13.
Deluded by the three modes [goodness, passion and ignorance], the whole world does not know Me who am above the modes and inexhaustible.

Chapter 7, Verse 14.
This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.

                                                            ...........................................................

Chapter 7, Verse 21.
I am in everyone's heart as the Supersoul. As soon as one desires to worship the demigods, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to some particular deity.

                                                        .................................................................

Chapter 7, Verse 27.
..., all living entities are born into delusion, overcome by the dualities of desire and hate.

                                                               .........................................................................

Chapter 7, Verse 30.
Those who know Me as the Supreme Lord, as the governing principle of the material manifestation, who know Me as the one underlying all the demigods and as the one sustaining all sacrifices, can, with steadfast mind, understand and know Me even at the time of death.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute

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