Paltu: The master speaks!

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.


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