Where the Creature Is

We present this work in honor of Vikram Samvat New Year.

Akha Bhagat
Indian
c. 1615 – c. 1674

 

Where the creature is
there is the Creator,
but you wander elsewhere,
search in faraway places.

The first false step, says Akha,
was that you forgot
to look within.

So you forgot.
Go then, study
with a saint. What’s gained
by shows of piety:
one day all whiskers and beard,
the next day tonsured, sheared?

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