I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon... I am the sound in ether and the ability in man.
I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the light in fire. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics.
I am the original seed of all existence, the intelligence of the intelligent, and the prowess of all powerful men.
I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire.
I am the Self, seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all beings.
I am ever detached, seated as though neutral.
I am the source of everything; from Me the entire creation flows.
I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness.
[BHAGAVAD-GITA (The Bhadtivedanta Book Trust, Los Angeles 1968,1972) 7: 8-11, 9:9, 10:8 and 20, 15:15.]
I am the bread of life, I am the light of the world.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.
I am the resurrection, I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
[John 6:48, 8:12, 10:9, 11:25, 14:6.]
I am he who was within me. Never have I suffered in any way, nor have I been distressed. I am the first-born son who was begotten. I am the beloved. I am the righteous one.
I am in the process of becoming.
I am the honored one and the scorned one. I am the silence that is incomprehensible. I am the one before whom you have been ashamed. I am strength and I am fear. I am war and peace. I am the one who has been hated everywhere. I am the one whom they call Life. I am the one whom they call Law. I am the one whom you have hidden from. I am sinless. I am the one who alone exists.
[THE NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY IN ENGLISH, James M. Robinson, General Editor. [HarperSanFrancisco1978] The (First and Second) Apocalypse of James; On the Origin of the World; The Thunder, Perfect Mind.]
I am where My servant thinks of Me. Every servant has an image of Me; whatever image my servant forms of Me, there I will be.
I am the servant of My servant’s image of Me. Be careful then, My servants, and purify, attune, and expand your thoughts about Me, for they are My House.
[Andrew Harvey, LIGHT UPON LIGHT, inspirations from RUMI, (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California 1996) pg. 131, extract from The Truth Is within You]
I am the Way-Guide, the Supreme Mind, the thoughts of Atum the One-God. I am with you––always and everywhere.
[Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy, THE HERMETICA The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs. (Judy Piatkus, London 1998) pg. 37 The Initiation of Hermes]
To the sinful and vicious, I may appear to be evil.
But to the good––beneficent am I.
[Mizra Khan, ANSARI]
A lamp am I to you that perceive me. A mirror am I to you that know me.
[Apocryphal Acts of John]
I AM THAT I AM