atattvam indrajala abham idam
sarvam avasthitam kim tattvam
indrajalasya iti dardhyat
The juggler with her spinning torches
Conjures dazzling wheels of fire.
The magician taps his wand and suddenly –
A net of jewels sparkles in the darkness.
What do we love in magic?
But something more.
For each gesture is a special kind of jest,
Inviting us beyond itself
Into the deepest magic of all:
God alone is.
All that we see
Is the performance
Of the Divine Magician.
Know this in your roots,
And enter the great vibrant silence.
atattvam indrajālābham idam sarvam avasthitam
kim tattvam indrajālasya iti dārdhyāc chamam vrajet 133
atattvam - (a-tattvam) non-existence, without essence, has no tattva
indrajalabham - juggling, magic show. Also, Indrajala is Indra, King of the Gods, and the “net of Indra.” Meaning, magic. Mayajala. Jalam is a net, snare, magic, illusion, deception.
idam - all of this
sarvam - all
avasthitam - exists
kim - what
tattvam - tattwa, essence
indrajalasya - of the magic show
iti - like this
dardhyacchamam - dardhyat, firmly established. Shamam- silence, peace.
Shamam - Peace, tranquility, m. tranquillity , calmness , rest , equanimity , quietude or quietism , absence of passion , abstraction from eternal objects through intense meditation (śama √ k , “ to calm one’s self “ , “ be tranquil “
vrajet - Achieves
LMJ - Whatever you perceive is a joke.
We love it because it invites us into the mystery?
Why is everyone so entranced by a magic show?
Because it calls into question everything we see.