Kabir: Talk of the Beloved

Browsing today through an earlier 1990s incarnation of The Inner Way (Phoenix: Salt River Publishing, 2013), I came across these Kabir couplets. Can one ever get enough of Kabir?

You think I can describe the Beloved?
He is beautiful.
And then –
There’s this oneness,
A unity
In colour, form, beauty.

I’m dyed in that colour,
In his love,
Intoxicated with his radiance –
Lost to my body, mind
And all the rest of it.

Drink it down, this juice –
If you really want to know the Beloved.
You stay high forever on the intoxication of the Name
Once you drink the nectar juice, the Essence!

Love, love – everybody talks about it
But show me someone who’s experienced it!
Saturated, obsessed, twenty-four hours a day –
Yes, call that love.

You want a drink of love?
Think again – the tip is your head!
There’s no way the greedy will agree to that.
Why do you suppose they talk of love instead?

___________

Couplets by Kabir.

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