“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Man is failing to be truthful, he easily succumbs to lying and cheating others, while being oblivion to the fact that he is not being true to himself. Man is lustful by nature – living in this materialistic world, he now is driven by lust and possesses the immense thirst for power, for materialistic wealth. The poet sternly asserts that the God does not reside in a body like such, where the mind is corrupted. The particular God that the poet refers to is Lord Shiva. According to the poet, Lord Shiva is the representation of the self-existent truth – this concept advocates the wearing of ‘Linga’ upon the body of each person so that the body becomes a temple fit for God to dwell in. Thus, it becomes a symbol of the presence of God not in the far-off heavens but in the very cells of the body.
*Advaita Vedanta – an interpretation of the whole body of Upanishads – which refers to the identity of the true self, Atman, which is pure consciousness, and the highest reality, Brahman, which is also pure consciousness.