Well considered, the distinctive mark
Of consummate tapas comes to this:
The steady, unbroken current of awareness
That this bewildering, variegated crowd
Of world-appearances is all Self-made,
Concealing and revealing bu the Self.
True tapas which establishes
One in the Self-supreme is but
The concentrated bliss of pure awareness
Silently experienced as Shiva.
Birds in the air and fish in water
Dart and leave no track behind.
And none can see the path pursued
By those that journeyed towards
And attained the Self.
To recognize through reason the Supreme
And in the heart renounce the relative,
To act without a sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine’
Is the sage’s way of life divine.