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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Namdev starts this song with a riddle: a drum sound "with no drumhead", and "thunder without the monsoon"... We have the reverberation, but without an initiating event. In deep meditation an inner sound is heard resonating everywhere. In various Indian traditions this primal sound is called shabd or omkara.
And his riddle also tells us that "rain falls without clouds." The rain that falls is amrita, the bliss-filled drink of divine communion. This is an actual substance, though a subtle one. When the mind is entirely clear and purified ("without clouds"), this "rain" descends from the 'sky' bowl of the skull, touching the tongue with indescribable sweetness, warming the heart, and filling the awareness with a transcendent joy.
And my favorite lines:
I have met Ram the beautiful,
and I too have become beautiful.
In this state of bliss and profound unity, you recognize that you yourself, as an individual being, are a pure emptiness, without any substance of your own. Finally seeing this, you take on the nature of the Divine Reality you are touching -- and that presence is vast, radiant, whole, and "beautiful." It is beautiful, and you are of that same beauty!
The philosopher's stone turns lead into gold
It is that contact that transmutes the "lead" of the ego identity into the "gold" of awakened awareness.
A pitcher will fill when plunged in water
In such an immense ocean of "real love" and wholeness, doubts and fears dissolve. The individual ego-self is like a pitcher that has been carrying a small amount of water -- and suddenly it is tossed into the deep. The pitcher is filled with water, surrounded by water. The separating walls of the ego become meaningless, since the water of that divine consciousness is both inside and outside with no difference... Suddenly you see a world of drowned pitchers, the same water filling and surrounding everything.
Ram is the One in all.
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