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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
This selection from Song of Myself beautifully suggests the nondualist recognition of the eternal divinity as being seated within oneself, as the true Self of selves.
Activity, aspiration, suffering may swirl about, crying constantly for our attention, but these are what we experience, not what we are. "But they are not Me myself. / Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am..."
The supreme Self is not so much a participant since it is complete, eternal; the Divine permeates all things and all activities, without being caught in identification with specifics or the duality of action/inaction, success/failure. Instead, the Self stands as the still and ever a blissful, ever aware witness, "...amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary..."
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