Yoga Vasistha in Poem

Chapter One

6j. Life and Death

All that we see is dream-like
Appearing and ever changing
Mountains become craters
Fertile soil becomes arid desert
Not only do things keep changing
But we are ever changing too
Age, lifestyle and fortune
Ever dance to their own tune
Life-and-death cycle—a skilled dancer
With a skirt made of human souls
Lifting them up in forward movement
Hurling them down in backward step
Everything she consigns to memory
Great deeds, rituals and rites too
Humans are reborn as animals
Is there anything unchanging here?
The gods are destroyed as well
The pleasant reveal their ugliness
Just as a boy plays with a mud ball
Everything gets created and destroyed

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