Seeing Is Being

“The sight occupies the seer, transforms seer into sight.”
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Life Magazine, November 1990)

Seeing Is Being

Seeing outside the Self
Forgetting the Inner Light
The Seer becomes the Sight
Transforming Day to Night

Living Night for Day
The Seer can’t find The Way
Mistaking Sight for Seer
Becoming what’s on the Mirror
Forsaking what’s truly Dear

When Self is finally Clear
We Remember How we’re Here
It’s the One Becoming the Three
The Way To See Is To Be
Since Seer Sight and Seeing
Are All Three Ways of Being
And Being Is Being Being Being*

© Ken Chawkin


*From a Q & A session:
Course participant: Maharishi, What is Being?
Maharishi: (laughs) Being? Being is Being Being Being.
Then Maharishi and everyone laugh.

I read that poem at a World Peace Assembly in Maharishi University’s Golden Dome in the early 90’s. It was followed by The Enlightened Heart, a poem by Ken Chawkin.

Also relevant: Maharishi describes the nature of inner life: bondage and liberation, and gaining bliss consciousness through Transcendental Meditation.

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8 Responses to “Seeing Is Being”

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