Through Thee have I forgotten Thee!

by Akka Mahadevi

English version by Armando Menezes
Original Language Kannada

After my body became
Thyself, whom could I serve?
After my mind became
Thyself, whom could I invoke?
After my consciousness was lost in Thee,
Whom could I know?
Being Thyself in Thee,
O Cenna Mallikarjuna Lord,
Through Thee have I forgotten Thee!

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

This poem plays with the irony of nondualist realization. What do you do when, through devotion, your awareness completely merges with the Divine? When you and the Eternal are one, who do you then worship?

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