The masters rarely speak out about who they are. Paltu is particularly modest and reticent, so this bold declaration of divinity is wonderfully unexpected.
I was in the beginning,
I shall be in the end:
My fragrance dwells in everything!
I am the one who lives in everything –
Nothing else besides that.
The divine powers –
The creator, the preserver, the destroyer –
They are all forms I take on:
I am the one who creates,
I am the one who destroys;
I am the one within each and every body,
Yet I remain apart from all.
Parbrahm, the Lord beyond Lords,
And the Lord of Creation, too –
They’re just particles of me,
Obedient to what I have them say.
The Shabd of ‘I am that’ is me:
From this emerges the flame
In the darkness of Sunn, the Void.
Paltu, because of this human form
He is the Lord, and I his slave…
But I was in the beginning
And I shall be in the end:
My fragrance dwells in everything.
“aadi ant ham hee~ rahe”
from the Rounds (kundali) of Paltu in Paltu Sahib ki Shabdavali
English translation by Anthea Guinness, 2011
“fragrance” (baas): the Hindi literally means “I dwell in everything” – but the word used for ‘dwell’ (baas) sounds just like the Hindi for ‘fragrance’, so I took poetic license in the English version, feeling that Paltu’s Hindi wording invites you to hear both meanings.
MYSTIC SONGPOEMS by Anthea Guinness (Translator) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.