You are the Truth – A Poem about Non-duality

Here is my recent poem about non-duality or advaita, which has some pointers to contemplate for anyone who is seeking the truth:

You are the Truth - The Essential Wisdom of Advaita
You are the Truth – The Essential Wisdom of Advaita

The poem in the above image is a part of the longer poem that I wrote later.. I expanded the above poem to make it a part of a story which is metaphoric and reveals the essence of the ancient teachings.. It combines the vedantic teachings, mindfulness and verses from the Bible:

You are the Truth

Carrying the weight of past in my head
And dragging the scenes which were old and dead,
I ran to grab the bliss of the future;
The more I ran, the more was the torture..

The torture of the hedonic treadmill
Followed me as I continued uphill;
I was caught in the prison of craving
With tedious thoughts, my mind was raving.

I met an ugly old man on the way
who had a long thick beard with shades of grey.
His face was shining with heavenly bliss;
In his eyes I saw an endless abyss!

“What makes you so happy in this rat race?”,
I asked him as he slowly turned his face.
He replied,”The answer is within you!
The grand kingdom of God is within you!”

“That’s a joke”, I said “Are you kidding me?”.
“No!” He said, “Turn inward, you’ll become free!
You’ve made your own boundaries inside your mind,
You’ve closed your eyes and think you’ve become blind”.

I said, “How can I get out of this trap?
I want to find the way, give me the map”
He said, “You’re the way, the truth and the life!
Be still and know you’re that, and end this strife!

You’re not your body and you’re not your mind;
Not knowing the timeless truth makes you blind;
You’re not your story and you’re not your thoughts;
You’re not those age old, buried mental knots.

You’re not that chattering voice in your head;
You’re not anything that you did or said;
You’re not anything that you have or know
You’re the truth that is watching all this show!

You’re not anything that can be perceived;
You’re not an object that can be observed;
You’re the screen where the world is being played;
You’re the emptiness where the form is made.

You’re the one witnessing the mind and breath;
You’re one without two, beyond birth and death;
Like the air trapped in a small round bubble,
You feel separate which brings all the trouble.

Inquire inside and wake up from this dream!
Let truth alone shine like a bright white beam!
By inquiry, your illusions will break;
You’ll stop mistaking the rope for a snake”

Hearing these words stopped my thoughts for a while.
Looking in, I slowly began to smile.
I watched my thoughts as they slowly passed by;
I observed my mind like a secret spy.

For years, I contemplated on his words;
I watched my thoughts fly like a bunch of birds.
One day, I woke up and realized the truth;
Since then my life has been peaceful and smooth!



Author: Shanmugam P

I am a blogger and a self-published author. My book "The Truth About Spiritual Enlightenment: Bridging Science, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta" is a guide to the ultimate freedom, bliss and oneness. The book is based on my own experience. My book "Discovering God: Bridging Christianity, Hinduism and Islam" shows how all three major religions of the world lead to the same truth. I am a past student of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal Golden Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankarnagar, Tirunelveli District.

9 thoughts on “You are the Truth – A Poem about Non-duality”

  1. What a wonderful poem! An indepth understanding of this one poem could lead one with the right frame of mind to liberation. An English version of Nirvana Dasakam & Nirvana Shatkam of Adi Sankara and Ashtavakra Gita, all put together. Salutations!


  2. hey Shanmugam……I have this doubt from last 2 to 3 months and I have googled it but couldn’t figure it out, your insight would be helpful………my doubt is Kundalini awakening and enlightenment are the same things……and do we get any type of supernatural powers in any of them as it is written everywhere in the case of kundalini awakening……..


    1. What is called as Kundalini is nothing but the energy of Self. It is the same that you are feeling right now. But the energy seems to be split; There are always conflicting thought patterns and tendencies.. The energy is not directed or channeled in one way. It is similar to the leaks in a water pipe..

      If there is no conflict at all, then the whole energy moves in one direction and is completely synchronized with existence… The whole spiritual path is about cleaning the mess, just like how you clear all the vegetable-remains in the kitchen sink.. Its just like how the mist clears to reveal the sun..

      Once all the mess within is cleaned, then there is a tremendous conservation of energy.. You can do more than what you can normally do..

      Kundalini awakening is not enlightenment. Kundalini reaching crown chakra is not enlightenment either. According to many true yogis, kundalini passes through shushumna nadi to reach the crown chakra but it has to go downwards further through amrita nadi and reach the heart. that is the true enlightenment.. Remember, I am only going by their words.. As far as I am concerned, all I know is that duality has completely disappeared. I don’t really care about all these nadis. There are many non-confusing ways to guide people towards spiritual enlightenment, rather than kriya yoga or rajayoga..

      Rajayogis/kriyayogis claim that the Siddhis or special powers are by- products of many kriyas.. But these siddhis are actually distractions in a spiritual path. Those who don’t experience them are in fact very lucky because they are less likely to get distracted.. I am also not a big fan of Raja yoga or Kriya yoga.. There are many reasons…

      If you are interested to know more about Kriya yoga, then this is the only book that I can suggest:

      This book is very good in busting a lot of myths about Yoga.


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