Dasimayya : What can I hurt now?

The 10th c. CE mystic Devara Dasimayya, a devotee of Shiva, the ‘rider of the bull’ and ‘Rama’s master’ – or Ramanatha, here looks from the point of view of unity and asks a question which has two possible interpretations: how could I wish to hurt You? And, if all is You, how would it be possible to hurt Your oneness? For more about Dasimayya, see this post.

The five elements
have become one.

The sun and the moon,
O Rider of the Bull,
aren’t they really
your body?

I stand,
look on,
you’re filled
with the worlds.

What can I hurt now
after this, Ramanatha?

Translation A. K. Ramanujan

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