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In this hymn of praise what has been explained is the state of being the Self of All. By hearing this, by reflecting on its meaning, by meditating on it and by reciting it one will attain the Lordship certainly, but , along with the grand attainment of the state of
being the Self of All, also, the unrestrained eight-fold supra-normal powers.
The sarvAtmatvaM, all-Self-hood, that this final verse talks about is in fact the end of all Spirituality. He who sees Me everywhere, and who sees in Me everything, to Him I am never lost nor is he lost to Me - so says the Lord, (Gita, VI - 30):
yo mAM paSyati sarvatra sarvaM ca mayi paSyati /
tasyAhaM na praNaSyAmi sa ca me na praNaSyati //
It is the vision of One-ness amidst the plurality of experience. Perception of difference arises because of the recognition of name and form. The enlightened one however, sees the tile, the stone, the golden brick, all in the same way: (Gita, 14 - 24):
The normal human being is distracted by the multiplicity of appearances and behaves like a child which cannot see the wood behind the wooden elephant and is carried away by the 'elephant'. We are really in a dream state and refuse to believe there is a more real world outside of our mundane excitements. We are not able to shake off the glamour of plurality and see the essential unity in all that we see. We tend to look at the multiplicity of things only in their separateness and variety of operation. We see the waves, not the ocean. On the other hand, the scriptures presecribe that we shouldsee only the Lord's presence in whatever we see;
hear only the melody of Krishna's flute in whatever we hear;
taste only the amRt-like sweetness of the gangA that is flowing from the head of Lord Siva, in whatever we taste;
smell only the fragrance of the dust of the Holy Feet of the Mother Goddess, in whatever we smell; and
feel only the touch of the abhaya-hasta, of Lord Sri Rama, in whatever we touch.
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