I Am All

by Jiddu Krishnamurti

I am the blue firmament and the black cloud,
I am the waterfall and the sound thereof,
I am the graven image and the stone by the wayside,
I am the rose and the falling petals thereof,
I am the flower of the field and the sacred lotus,
I am the sanctified waters and the still pool,
I am the tree that towereth among the mountains
And the blade of grass in the peaceful lane,
I am the tender spring leaf and the evergreen foliage.

I am the barbarian and the sage,
I am the impious and the pious,
I am the ungodly and the godly,
I am the harlot and the virgin,
I am the liberated and the man of time,
I am the the indestructible and the destructible,
I am the renunciation and the proud possessor.
I am all
few know me.

I am neither This nor That,
I am neither detached nor attached,
I am neither heaven nor hell -- few know me --
I am neither philosophies nor creeds,
I am neither the Guru nor the disciple.
O friend,
I contain all.

I am clear as the mountain stream,
Simple as the new spring leaf.

Happy are they
That meet with me.

-- from From Darkness to Light: Poems and Parables, by J. Krishnamurti

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

A selection today by the hugely influential 20th century mystic and philosopher, Krishnamurti.

Should I say something about this poem? ...Nah.


Spring has begun! Take a deep breath of cool air. Notice the signs of new life, the world renewing herself.

(These days I am speaking to so many people around the globe that I have to qualify a statement like that: Spring is here... for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn has begun in the Southern Hemisphere. Regardless of where on this amazing planet you live, the equinox has come, the time has shifted. Whether we know it or not, we have shifted too.)

Recommended Books: Jiddu Krishnamurti

From Darkness to Light: Poems and Parables The Mystic in Love: A Treasury of Mystical Poetry

I Am All