The Nama Rupa, the shapes and forms are broken up and now there is only one Ocean, which is one person, the Purusha. One person, who possesses sixteen parts, is now back to being One Person–the one who is without parts and immortal!
Now, this is from the Tao Te Ching; ‘To Tao, all under heaven will come as streams and torrents now flow into a great river or sea.’
Jalaluddin Rumi says: “Your drop may become the sea.” Rumi again says in Shams-i-Tabriz: “None has knowledge of each who enters, that he is so-and-so.” All is gone and there is only the ocean.
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to say that it is like the salt doll trying to find the depths of the ocean. There is no salt doll left anymore, there is just the ocean.
There was this great poet, Christina Rossetti. I can never forget Rossetti, because a wonderful teacher called Harihar Iyer, in Model High School, Trivandrum, taught me the poems of Rossetti. And, it was so good that I can never forget the way he taught. Now, in one of her poems, Rossetti says: “Lord, we are rivers running to the Thy sea, our waves and ripples all derived from Thee: a nothing we should have, a nothing be, except for Thee.”
Beautiful isn’t it? That’s Vedanta in English verse!
Anyway, the verse that follows, which talks about this is:
Ara Iva Rathanaabhau Kalaa Yasmin Pratisthitah, Tam Vedyam Purusam Veda Yatha Ma Vo Mrtyuh Parivyatha Iti
In whom the parts are well-established, as spokes in the center of the wheel, know Him as the person to be known, so that death may not afflict you.