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Two Birds

Painting by Rev. Fa Ming Shakya, OHY

"Thou, Brahman Immortal,
And thou, woven of clay
(Two beings, yet one.) -
Like two beautiful birds,
Golden of plumage,
Companions inseparable,
Perched high up on the branches
Of the selfsame tree -
As man, though tastest
The sweet fruits of the tree,
The sweet and bitter fruits;
But as Brahman, master of Maya,
Thou remainest unseen,
Calmly observing."
- From the Svetasvatara Upanishad
Translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester




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