Poems and Love Songs of Kabir

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    Kabir, the mystic poet, has spoken to the hearts of all religions. This video features The Love Songs of Kabir, with a moving reading with music and video scenes.

    1. O servant, where dost thou seek Me?
    Lo! I am beside thee.
    I am neither in temple nor in mosque: I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash:
    Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga and renunciation.
    If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time.
    Kabîr says, “O Sadhu! God is the breath of all breath.

    2. Do not go to the garden of flowers!
    O Friend! go not there;
    In your body is the garden of flowers.
    Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the Infinite Beauty.

    3. Tell me, Brother, how can I renounce Maya?
    When I gave up the tying of ribbons, still I tied my garment about me:
    When I gave up tying my garment, still I covered my body in its folds.
    So, when I give up passion, I see that anger remains;
    And when I renounce anger, greed is with me still;
    And when greed is vanquished, pride and vainglory remain;
    When the mind is detached and casts Maya away, still it clings to the letter.
    Kabîr says, ‘Listen to me, dear Sadhu! the true path is rarely found.’

    4. O How may I ever express that secret word?
    O how can I say He is not like this, and He is like that?
    If I say that He is within me, the universe is ashamed:
    If I say that He is without me, it is falsehood.
    He makes the inner and the outer worlds to be indivisibly one;
    The conscious and the unconscious, both are His footstools.
    He is neither manifest nor hidden,
    He is neither revealed nor unrevealed:
    There are no words to tell that which He is.

    5. The river and its waves are one surf:
    where is the difference between the river and its waves?
    When the wave rises, it is the water;
    and when it falls, it is the same water again.
    Tell me, Sir, where is the distinction?
    Because it has been named as wave,
    shall it no longer be considered as water?

    6. To what shore would you cross, O my heart? there is no traveller before you, there is no road:
    Where is the movement, where is the rest, on that shore?
    There is no water; no boat, no boatman, is there;
    There is not so much as a rope to tow the boat, nor a man to draw it.
    No earth, no sky, no time, no thing, is there: no shore, no ford!
    There, there is neither body nor mind: and where is the place that shall still the thirst of the soul? You shall find naught in that emptiness.
    Be strong, and enter into your own body: for there your foothold is firm. Consider it well, O my heart! go not elsewhere,
    Kabîr says: “Put all imaginations away, and stand fast in that which you are.”

    7. The shadows of evening fall thick and deep, and the darkness of love envelops the body and the mind.
    Open the window to the west, and be lost in the sky of love;
    Drink the sweet honey that steeps the petals of the lotus of the heart.
    Receive the waves in your body: what splendour is in the region of the sea!
    Hark! the sounds of conches and bells are rising.
    Kabîr says: “O brother, behold! the Lord is in this vessel of my body.”

    8. The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
    The moon is within me, and so is the sun.
    The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me; but my deaf ears cannot hear it.

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