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426Verses of Sant Paltoo Sahab

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  • Sant Mat Mysticism
    Jan 16, 2008
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      Verses of Sant Paltoo Sahab
      A Lamp is Always Alight in the Inverted Well

      [An English rendering of the Hindi translation of couplets of Sant Paltoo Sahab by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj (1885-1986), taken from the latter's book "Santwaani Sateek" (Commentary on Sayings of Sants).  -- English Translation by Pravesh K. Singh

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      The Original Verse (English Transliteration):

      "Ulataa kuaan gagan mein, tisame jarai chiraag ||
      Tisame jarai chiraag, binaa rogan bin baatee |
      chhah ritu baarah maas, rahat jaratain din raatee ||
      sataguru milaa jo hoya, taahi kee najar mein aawai |
      Bin sataguru kou hoya, nahee waako darashaawai ||
      Nikasai ek awaaj, chiraag kee jotinhi maanhee |
      Jnaan samaadhee sunai, aur kou sunataa naanhee ||
      Palatoo jo koee sunai, taake poore bhaag |
      Ulataa kuaan gagan mein, tisame jarai chiraag ||"

      The English Translation:

      [There is an inverted well in the (inner) sky wherein a lamp keeps burning. (The head of a man, standing above the neck, is like an inverted well in which (the divine) lamp or flame burns or is alight. This lamp emitting light is seen by the practitioner of meditation. Tulsi Sahab has said, "Jaise mandir Deepak baaraa. Aise joti hot ujiyaaraa," meaning, just as a lamp burns in the temple, our inner sky is illumined by the light. The well that we have on the earth is open at the top. This is the straight, upright or erect well, as all of us know. Man's head, however, is closed at the top and open from the bottom; the way to its top is from its bottom. That's why a man's head is also referred to as the inverted well.)

      The lamp (inside the head) burns without any oil & wick |
      All the six seasons and all the twelve months, this lamp keeps burning. ||

      Those who have found a Guru (and act according to his teaching) are able to behold this (Light). |

      That who is deprived of a Guru, is not able to visualise this (Light of the lamp). ||

      A Sound emanates out of the Light of this lamp. |

      Only that practitioner, and no body else, who has sunk himself deep into trance or intense meditation, in all his awareness, is able to perceive this (divine) Sound. ||

      Blessed is he, says Paltoo, who listens to or perceives that Sound. |

      There is an inverted well in the (inner) Sky wherein a lamp keeps burning.|| ]