The Mad Elephant

Mad Elephants


You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may earn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk on water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult!
– Thayumanavar

Credit: This is a poem by the 18th century Tamil Poet-Saint Thayumanavar as translated by Paramahamsa Yogananda in the Autobiography Of The Yogi

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