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BENI

The tenth gate is the abode of the inaccessible and unequalled Supreme Being.

Over the body and on the body is a chamber,[1] and within the chamber is the Treasure.

He who watcheth over this shall never fall asleep ;

The three qualities and the three worlds shall vanish for him in contemplation ;

He shall hold the Source[2] of all spells in his heart, And turning back his mind from the world, fix it on heaven ;

He shall be wakeful and not utter a lie,

And shall keep the five organs of perception in subjection ;

He shall treasure the guru's instruction in his heart,

And devote his soul and body to God's love ;

He shall meditate on the leaves and branches of his body,[3]

And not lose his life in gambling ;[4]

He shall tie up the sphincter ani,

Turn his breath towards his back, and raise it to the brain.

When he restraineth his breath difficult of restraint,[5] nectar trickleth forth,

And he converseth with the Lord of the world.

In the tenth gate is the light of a four-faced lamp[6] to behold all things ;

There are endless petals of the lotus,[7] and its cup is in the centre ;

God dwelleth there with all His power.

Let man string the precious jewel of God's name within him—

He hath a lotus in his brain and gems[8] around it ;

 
  1. The brain.
  2. That is, God.
  3. Explained by the gyānis to mean the veins and muscles of the body. It is to the upper and lower limbs the word branches is applied in Hindu anatomy. —Dr. Hoernle.
  4. That is, in vice.
  5. Literally — when he has endured unendurable things.
  6. A lamp with four wicks to give a bright light. Divine knowledge is meant.
  7. The mystics suppose that the brain contains a lotus flower, within which God dwells.
  8. The leaves of the lotus.