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Chapter 7: Give Yourself to the Ocean

Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains,
and the maker of canyons and pine mountains!
All seven oceans are inside and hundreds of millions of stars.
The acid that tests gold is there, and the one who judges jewels.
And the music from the strings that no one touches,
and the source of all water.

If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth:
friend, listen: the god whom I love is inside.
Why should we two ever want to part?

Just as the leaf of the water rhubarb lives floating on the water,
we live as the great one and the little one.

As the owl opens his eyes all night to the moon,
we live as the great one and the little one.

This love between us goes back to the first humans:
it cannot be annihilated.

Here is Kabir’s idea: as the river gives itself into the ocean, what is inside me moves inside you.

T.S. Eliot says in Choruses from “The Rock”:

But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before: though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.
Men have left G O D not for other gods, they say, but for no god; and this has never happened before that men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,
And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic,
The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, and what have we to dobut stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
In an age which advances progressively backwards?

Yes, something has happened that has never happened before: for the first time in the evolution of human consciousness man stands alienated from God. Man stands separated from existence. Man stands lonely, with no companion, in great darkness, with no light to lead him, guide him. Man has never been in such despair, man has never been in such a state of homelessness.

T.S. Eliot is right: “Something has happened that has never happened before.” And why has it happened? How has it happened? It is difficult to pinpoint it but not difficult to understand it in a vague way. These things are not very tangible and they don’t happen in a certain moment. they happen so gradually, so slowly, that one never becomes really aware of when, where, how; but a few things can be understood.

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