Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Revolution


The Revolution

The darkness of night is coming along fast,
and the shadows of love close in the body and the mind.
Open the window to the west, and disappear into the air inside you.
Near your breastbone there is an open flower.
Drink the honey that is all around that flower.

Waves are coming in:
there is so much magnificence near the ocean!

Listen: Sound of big seashells! Sounds of bells!

Kabir says: "Friend, listen,

this is what I have to say:

The Guest I love is inside me!"

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive.

Think and think while you are alive.

What you call 'salvation' belongs to the time before death.

If you don't break your ropes while you're alive, 

do you think ghosts will do it after?

The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic

just because the body is rotten -
that is all fantasy.

What is found now is found then.

If you find nothing now,

you will simply end up with an apartment in the City of Death.

And if you make love with the divine now, 

in the next life you will have the face of satisfied desire.

Then plunge into the Truth, 

find out who the Teacher is, believe in the Great Sound! 
  


Kabir says this:

"When the Guest is being searched for, 

it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that does all the work.

Look at me...

you will see a slave of that intensity."

Kabir

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2 comments:

Rehan said...

Great to hear you reading this, John, because the power of the original seems somehow lost in translation.

John Siddique said...

Thanks for listening Rehan. Can you recommend a better translation. I plan to read all the poems in this series. I think there will be eight in total now. Then I'm considering recording something very special that might take me quite a while to organise.

Hope you are very well

John