May 21 2021

Tukaram – All men to me are god-like Gods!

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All men to me are god-like Gods!
by Tukaram

English version by Ivan M. Granger

All men to me are god-like Gods!
      My eyes no longer see
      vice or fault.

Life on this suffering earth
      is now endless delight;
      the heart at rest and full,

In the mirror, the face and its reflection
      watch each other;
      different, but one.

And, when the stream pours into the ocean…
      no more stream!

— from Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey, by Ivan M. Granger

/ Image by Swami Stream /

A meditation on the fundamental unity and wholeness underlying the surface appearance of separation. Every pain, every broken heart, every human yearning is ultimately found to be an expression of that one psychic need — for wholeness. Satisfy that one need at its root, and what is there left to want? The heart in endless pursuit finally attains rest and contentment. Even the world that imagines itself in fragments is seen to be whole, one fluid unity. People are are not people but divine immensities, and the perception of suffering is replaced by timeless bliss.

And, when the stream pours into the ocean…
      no more stream!

(…but endless ocean.)

Have a beautiful day!

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India (1608 – 1649) Timeline
Yoga / Hindu : Vaishnava (Krishna/Rama)

Tukaram was born in Maharashtra, in the western region of India, to a lower caste Shudra family. Despite being of a lower caste, the family was wealthy by rural standards.

When Tukaram was thirteen, his father fell ill and the boy had to take on the responsibility of supporting his family. Soon after, both parents died.

Hardships continued to follow Tukaram. His first wife died during a famine, and his second wife had no respect for his devotion to God.

Contrary to the traditional Hindu model of receiving spiritual initiation from a guru, Tukaram was initiated in a dream by Lord Hari (Krishna/Vishnu) Himself.

When Tukaram sensed his end was approaching, he stepped into a river, as many other saints have done. It is said that his rug and instruments returned to shore, but his body was never found. Devotees believe he was taken bodily to heaven.

During Tukaram’s relatively short life, he was constantly singing devotional hymns called abhangs. He composed over 5,000 of these hymns. Many of his songs are autobiographical.

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  1. Odo Mayeron 21 May 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    You did it again, thanks so very much

    Every once in a while you offer us one of those very special jewels which shine with the inner light of God speaking to himself.
    At this deep level all philosophising, even in poetic words, looks superficial, by comparism with “the real vision “ of ultimate reality.
    That’s why Thomas Aquinus said “burn all my theological writings, thats all like dry straw” after he had the kind of illumination experience which Tukaram has tried to convey in poetic form.

    Wonderful !



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