Poetic Approaches to Non-Dual Truth

Poetry and insight into higher Truth often go together, and the Sanskrit word ‘kavi’ means both a sage and a poet. Many poems point the way to the supreme non-dual wisdom, and wisdom in its verbal expression is often transmitted through utterances that are poetic.

The Bhagavad Gita is a poem or song, several of the Upanishads are in verse, and as the centuries passed, spiritual teachers of different traditions, like Rumi, Kabir and Guru Nanak, left teachings in the form of their verses, not to mention the epic poems like the Sanskrit Ramayana of Valmiki, and its later Hindi rendering by Tulsidas as the Rama Charit Manasa, (The Lake of the Deeds of Rama). For many people, this form of expression is easier to assimilate and remember than a prose discourse.

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This article is from the Spring 2017 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.