Sunday, October 23, 2005

BECAUSE IT'S SUNDAY: know the soul at any cost

Kyoto now
Originally uploaded by hira3.


The night you passed in sleep
And the day in visiting your false friends;
Alas! Thus have you wasted
The diamond of your life on naught.
You will die one day, perhaps tomorrow;
Grass will grow on your tomb,
And your friends will forget you.
Therefore know your soul soon.
Whom will the son of a harlot call his father?
Worship God in your being
And do not waste your life.
Your body is like a jar of unbaked clay;
It may break to pieces any moment
And all will be over,
Nowhere is there delight except in God.
This world is a house made of wood,
And, lo! it is burning furiously;
He who stays in it dies.
The Yogi withdraws from it in meditation
And he is saved.
Thy birth as man is a ripe fruit
Which is seen only once;
Make the most
of the practice of devotion and compassion
And the acquisition of true Knowledge.
O Kabir, there is a way out of this illusory world:
Know the soul at any cost.



The Complimenting Commenter said...

I love this post and the idea of your blog. Keep up the great writing and posting.

Sharon Hurlbut said...

To know oneself is the journey we all make, though I sometimes think many are unaware that their feet have been set on the path.

This truly resonates at this moment in history:
This world is a house made of wood,
And, lo! it is burning furiously

Lovely poem - thanks for sharing it!

Patry Francis said...

Complimenting commenters are always welcome.

Sharon: Yes, that phrase about the house of wood resonated with me, too.
Thanks for your comment.

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