The learned say life is self-created; others say life evolved from time. In truth the Lord brought the cosmos out of himself.

He is pure consciousness, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, creator of time and master of the three gunas. Evolution takes place at his command.

Those who act without thought of personal profit and lead a well-disciplined life discover in course of time the divine principle that all forms of life are one. They work in the service of the Lord and are freed from the law of karma.

Know him to be the primal source of life whose glory permeates the universe, who is beyond time and space, yet can be seen within the heart in meditation. Know him to be beyond the tree of life, whose power makes all the planets revolve: who is both law and mercy, yet can be seen within the heart in meditation.

Know him to be the supreme Lord of lords, King of kings, God of gods, ruler of all, without action or organs of action, whose power is seen in myriad ways.

Know him to be the cause without a cause, without a second, parent or master. May he, Lord of Love, who hides himself in his creatures like a spider in its web, grant us illumination.

The Lord is hidden in the hearts of all. The eternal witness, pure consciousness, he watches our work from within, beyond the reach of the gunas.

The Lord is the operator; we are but his innumerable instruments. May we realize him in our consciousness and find the bliss he alone can give us. Changeless amidst the changing, consciousness of the conscious, he grants all our prayers. May we realize him in our consciousness and find the freedom he alone can give us.

There shines not the sun, neither moon nor star, nor flash of lightning, nor fire lit on earth. Everything reflects the light of the Lord. May we realize him in our consciousness; there is no other way to conquer death.

He is the maker of the universe, self-existent, omniscient, destroyer of death, the source and inmost Self of all, ruler of the cycle of birth and death. May we realize him in our consciousness; there is no other way to conquer death.

He is the protector of the cosmos, all glory, all-knowing, omnipresent. How could there be any ruler but he? May we realize him in our consciousness; there is no other way to conquer death.

Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who grants freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who gave the sacred scriptures at the dawn of time. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who is the source of purity and perfection. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who is the bridge from death to immortality. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he whose grace has made me long for his lotus feet.

How can we roll up the sky like a piece of deerskin? How can we end our misery without realizing the Lord of Love who is enshrined in our heart of hearts?

Sage Shvetashvatara realized the Lord in meditation through infinite grace and imparted this highest wisdom to devoted disciples.

This highest mystical experience, revealed at the dawn of time, must be shared only with one whose heart is pure or with a disciple or one’s own child. If you have deep love for the Lord of Love and for your teacher, the light of this teaching will shine in your heart. It will shine indeed!

OM shanti shanti shanti

~ Shvetashvatara Upanishad