From “In woods of God Realization” Granth –
(Lecture delivered at the Hermetic Brotherhood Hall, San Francisco, on December 24, 1902)
My Alter Egos, My Other Selves,
Freedom and happiness you achieve by realizing the true Self, the real ― ’I am,’ which is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The pure ― ’I am’ is untouched by time, because in the previous birth the pure ― ’I am’ ― remained the same. It is not sullied by space, because all these bodies are possessed by the self-same ― ’I am.’ All time is simply ‘Now’ to it and all distance ‘Here‘.
OM, according to the Persian language, is O-Am, or ― ’I am He,’ ― ’I am Brahma’, ― OM represents the pure idea of ― ’I am. ’
In a thousand forms may thou attempt surprise, Yet, all-beloved one, straight know I thee.
Thou may with magic veils thy face disguise, And yet, all-present one, straight know I thee.
Upon the cypress’s purest, youthful bud,
All-beauteous growing one, straight know I thee;
In the canal’s unsullied, living flood,
All captivating one, well know I thee.
When spreads the water-column, rising proud,
All-sportive one, how gladly know I thee;
When, even in forming is transformed the cloud,
All figure-changing one, there know I thee.
Veiled in the meadow’s carpet’s flowery charms,
All chequered starry fair one, know I thee;
And if a plant extend its thousand arms,
O, all-embracing one, there know I thee.
When on the mount is kindled morn’s sweet light,
Straightway, all-gladdening one, salute I thee;
The arch of heaven overhead grows pure and bright,
All heart-expanding one, then breathe I thee.
That which my inward, outward sense proclaims,
Thou all-instructing one, I know through thee;
And if I utter Allah’s hundred names,
A name with each one echoes meant for thee.