Within This Body –
Mystic Poem of Sant Tulsi Sahib

Within this body
breathes the secret essence.
Within this body
beats the heart of the Vedas.

Within this body
shines the entire Universe,
so the saints say.

Hermits, ascetics, celibates
– all are lost
seeking Him
in endless guises.

Seers and sages perfectly parrot
the scriptures and holy books,
blinded by knowledge.

Their pilgrimage,
and fasting,
and striving
but delude.

Despite their perfect practice,
they discover no destination.

Only the saints
who know the body’s heart
have attained the Ultimate, O Tulsi.

Realize this, and you’ve found your freedom
(while teachers trapped in tradition
know only the mirage
in the mirror).


‎”I saw a brilliant flame bursting forth within me, on which I kept my Surat [attention of the soul] fixed. Then, piercing the flame, my surat proceeded onward and it reached a gateway, as it were, from where could be seen a sky studded all over with suns and moons. By your grace and compassion have I been able to partake of the bliss of higher regions.” (hymn of Shyama, disciple of Tulsi Sahib)


“It was Kabir who first gave out the secret of Surat and Shabd. That Shabd is Sar Shabd (True Shabd, True Sound), which is inaccessible and unique. The soul travels in the region of Sat Naam [True Name], and it is the Surat which merges into Sar Shabd.” (Sant Tulsi Sahib)

All Tulsi Sahib quotes are from, “Param Sant Tulsi Sahib”, S.D. Maheshwari, Agra, India

Tulsi’s earlier name was “Dakhani Baba”, meaning, “Saint from the South,” and he often meditated in a cave. I know some living saints who, like Tulsi Sahib, also sometimes meditate in caves. 🙂

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