As suggested to me by my vedanta teacher, Siddharthaji, a couple weeks ago I went with a friend of mine to visit the Omkarananda Ashram in Winterthur, Switzerland. It is a beautiful place with some of the most amazing statues I have ever seen. Such a perfect place for meditation and inner reflection.
I had the great pleasure of meeting some interesting people there: Swamini Vivekanandaji, Vidyabhaskarji, his son Amar, and Swamini Padma Chaitanya. I am eternally grateful for their hospitality.
Vidyabhaskar is of Swiss German origin however he is an exceptional Sanskrit scholar. His translations of Sri Shankaracharya’s poems are the best I have ever read. He manages to capture the essence of the words in English, which is not an easy feat considering the complexity and depth of the Sanskrit language and the profundity with which Shankara Bhagavatpada expressed himself.
Vidyabhaskar gifted me with some translations he made of some lesser known works of Shankaracharya. Here below is one of them. It is so painfully beautiful, it brought a tear to me eye.
Eka Shloka (one verse)
What light is your light?
The sun by day, the lamp by night.
If this were so, tell me, by which light you see the sun and the lamp?
By what when it is closed?
By what do you perceive thought?
Behind this you are the hindmost light.
This I am, O Master.
disciple of Govinda Bhagavatpada
disciple of Gaudapada Bhagatvatpada