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Chapter 9: The Sword of Love-and-Death

One should learn how to live and how to die. This is the way to die - full of love, full of prayer, ready to go on that adventure called death. The body will be going; you as a separate phenomenon will disappear into the whole. But that is the hankering of love - love wants to disappear, love wants to die, love wants to become one with the whole. It does not want to remain separate. This longing to be one with the whole is love.

Remember, if death reminds you of love then you are on the right track; if love reminds you of death then you are on the right track. If your love is possible only by denying death then your love is false. And if the very idea of death destroys your quality of love then you have not yet known what love is.

Death and love go together, they are aspects of the same energy. When death fulfills your love, and when in love you are ready to die - when they have the same taste and the same flavor - then for the first time you have really become aware of the mysteries of life, love and death.

Open the window to the west,
and disappear into the air inside you.

Open the window to the west.. This is a metaphor. The east represents the rising sun, the birth, and the west represents the setting sun, the death. Kabir says: Open the window to the west. Now get ready, open the window to the west, the sun is going to set. Be quick, open the window to the west, don’t miss this beauty of the sunset. You have seen the beauty of a rising sun, now dance with the setting sun. You have lived your life, now live your death.

Open the window to the west,
and disappear into the air inside you.

The original is: Dubahu prem-gagan men - Disappear in the inner sky of love. Open the door for death and disappear into the inner sky of love. Let there be a meeting of death and love, let death and love become one, and then one knows what God is.

Yes, the meeting point of love and death is the experience of God. And you go on asking what God is, and you go on asking about God as if it is a question to be answered by some theologian or a philosopher. It is an experience, and only available to the most courageous - because it is a meeting of death and love.

Open the window to the west,
and disappear into the inner sky of love.

Then you will know what God is. God is love from one side, and death from another side. And there are two types of religion in the world - religions which have taken the love side of God and emphasized it, and the religions which have taken the death side of God and emphasized it. Christianity has taken the love side, Buddha has taken the death side.

Kabir transcends both sides, and says: There is no need to choose. Let both be there - why choose? Let death and love meet.

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