Thiruvāchakam

 

My thoughts upon that Nature dwelt
till thoughts there were no more.
There is nothing else other than You.
Approaching and approaching, 
I become worn down to an atom,
then worn away till I was one with Him.
Hail Shiva, dwelling in holy Perunturai!
There is nothing that You are,
Yet without You, nothing is!
Who indeed can know You?’

 

ikkavāchakar
Tiruperunturai, Circa 8th Century

 


I cite this extract from ikkavāchakar’s rightly celebrated poem in Classical Tamil, just to convince you that this track of being ‘Brought to Nothing’ is both universal and very old [the above preceded St. John by about 800 years]. You can locate parallel verses in any serious Tradition and I’ll cite quite a few in later Posts.

Shivam to Shunyam