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Sivavakkiyar Poems

In the four eternal Vedas,
In the study and reading of scripts,
In sacred ashes and in holy writs
And muttering of prayers
You will not find the Lord!
Melt with the heart inside
And proclaim the Truth.
Then you will join the light
Life without servitude.

He is not Hari, He is not the Lord Siva.
He is the Ultimate Cause,
In the Beyond of Beyond,
Transcending Blackness, Redness, and Whiteness.
Try not to understand:
He is not big, He is not small.
He is Infinite Distance,
Transcending even
Supreme Quiescence.


Shivavakkiayar is a 10th-century Tamil devotional poet and mystic

(Source: The Poets of the Powers, Edited Kamil Zvelebil)