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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

II. Sonnets
Undated

The One Self

All are deceived, do what the One Power dictates,

Yet each thinks his own will his nature moves;

The hater knows not ’tis himself he hates,

The lover knows not ’tis himself he loves.

In all is one being many bodies bear,

There1 Krishna flutes upon the forest mood2,

There3 Shiva sits ash-smeared, with matted hair.

But Shiva and Krishna are the single God.

In us too Krishna seeks for love and joy,

In us too Shiva struggles with the world’s grief.

One Self in all of us endures annoy,

Cries in his pain and asks his fate’s relief.

My rivalís downfall is my own disgrace,

I look on my enemy and see Krishna’s face.

 

Later edition of this work: The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.

1 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Here

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2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: road

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3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Here

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