He sits in high snows: Mind calm, back straight, Where the glacier glows. ‘Here I shall wait.’
Ah, bless the Brahmana!— He has vanquished death, Floats in nirvana Near his last breath.
He has fought the good fight, His race is run. ‘I go into Night, Let day be done.’
In ice moons unharmed, Sips air like wine: Transhuman, transformed— His eyes, how they shine!
Pure and possessionless Naked in rain Sacred in sinlessness Perfect in pain.
* Brah(a)mana: An enlightened sage in Buddhist lore.
The qualities of a brahmana are described in detail
in Ch. 26 of the Buddhist classic, The Dhammapada.
The picture depicts the legendary Mahavatar Babaji,
born 2000 years ago at the time Christ, and claimed
by his devotees to be still alive in the High Himalayas.