Goswami Tulsidas

(1543-1623 / Rajpur, Uttar Pradesh / India)

Sound Celestial - Poem by Goswami Tulsidas

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Listen, O friend, to the thunderous roar of Shabd,
Which reverberates throughout the firmament.
Water, which becomes turbid by relishing the earth,
Gets cleansed of its impurities when filtered.
Waves of pure bliss emanate from the heart
When the moss that covers it is removed.

Hold the arrow, be still, stretch the bow taut,
Fix your aim sharp at the target, pierce the firmament.
The invisible world is contained within the human eye,
So say and describe all men of inner knowledge.
Behold the Brahmand within, through your astral eye.
When that eye is opened, everything stands revealed.

The soul in Sunn will hear resounding peals of Sound,
She will uncover and know the essence of Shabd.

They alone, O Tulsi, will know that perfect state,
Who have seen and experienced it themselves.

[Translation by S. L. Sondhi]


Comments about Sound Celestial by Goswami Tulsidas

  • Chinedu Dike (2/8/2017 10:29:00 PM)


    Beautiful piece elegantly brought forth with spiritual insight. (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/8/2017 10:24:00 PM)

    Celestial Sound
    So good to see the poem of Saint Tulsidas!
    Tulsidas's Ramayana is an ocean of devotion or 'Bhakti '
    Sound or Shabd is Brahmanaad to those are evolved!
    A gem of a poem, beautifully translated by Sondhi.
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  • Amar Agarwala (2/8/2017 6:56:00 PM)


    Sheer divinity flowed through the pen of the Great Tulsidas! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/8/2017 7:58:00 AM)

    Sharp! !
    Your aim. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/8/2017 3:37:00 AM)

    tom allporta poem
    a poem containing higher thoughts and of letting go. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/8/2017 1:02:00 AM)

    Fix your aim sharp at the target
    Thanks for sharing this composition..... (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2017 12:52:00 AM)


    waves of pure bliss emanate from the heart. Great poem with equally great translation. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (9/4/2015 11:51:00 PM)


    Liked this beautiful poem, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2015 10:08:00 PM)


    I hate it when water falls into my eyes. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 15, 2012


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