You have been unhappy, soul, I know –
Ever since the day you lost remembrance of the Sound
And made friends with the mind.
This fool of a mind tied you to the body
Because it is tantalized
By the taste of sense pleasures.
Family and community – they’re a source of pain,
Not least because you are lost
As long as you rely on their company.
You are a conscious being. All this is inert –
It’s fake, a counterfeit reality.
Why associate yourself so intimately with any of it?
That’s why I’m urging you to wake up,
To make your way while you have the chance –
Otherwise you’ll go on wandering from form to form.
Search for your true home within,
Immerse yourself in the love of the satguru.
The jewel of Naam – the master will help you
Realize the Name within. You’ll climb up inside,
From sky to sky, retracing your way.
Do just this much, now,
While you are alive –
And the master will take care of the rest.
Digest and act on what Radha Soami says –
You’ll leave pain behind
And find the sign that leads to happiness.
You have been unhappy, I know –
Ever since the day you lost remembrance
Of Shabd, the sound within.
Now cherish what Radha Soami has told you –
Let go of pain, find the sign to happiness.
“surat too dukhi rahé ham jaani”
Saar Bachan 14:10
English translation by Anthea Guinness, 2013
soul = surat, consciousness; inert describes our body and mind (our whole “identity”); form to form = transmigration; Radha Soami = Lord (swaami) of the soul (Radha, epithet for soul). You’re welcome to go to It means what? for info about mystic terms and expressions.
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