The life-current has passed through
innumerable incarnations, births and
deaths, pleasures and pains, etc., just
as the water current in a river flows
over rocks, pits, sands, elevations
and depressions on its way, but
still the current is unaffected.

The pleasures and pains, births
and deaths, are like undulations
on the surface of seeming water
in the mirage of the ego. The only
reality is the Self from where the
ego appears, and runs through
thoughts which manifest
themselves as the
universe.