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Chapter 3: By a Fiery Intention

So Kabir drives the point deep into your heart that first a great flame-like desire is needed to be God. But then finally that very desire becomes the last barrier - that has to be dropped too. Once that is dropped and you are innocent, things start happening. The bud opens and becomes a flower, the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

The sutras:

Are you looking for me?

.God is asking.

Are you looking for me?
I am in the next seat:
your shoulder is against mine.
You will not find me in stupas,
nor in Indian shrine rooms,
nor in the synagogue, nor in cathedrals,
not in masses, nor kirtans,
not in legs twisting around the neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you look for me,
you will find me instantly.
You will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: “Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.”

Go slowly. Savor each word of this strange man.

Are you looking for me?

.God asking man. Yes, that has been always so, God is always asking you, “Are you looking for me?” Of course you don’t hear, because you are so full of noise. You are so full of your own noise you can’t hear this still, small voice within your heart. And God has been asking and asking. He asks every moment of your life, day in, day out, year in, year out. He asks when you are happy, he asks when you are not happy. He asks when you are awake, he asks when you are asleep. He goes on asking. In each beat of your heart the question waits for you.

Are you looking for me?

Don’t go far away. Don’t search for me somewhere else because, God says, I am here.

I am in the next seat:
your shoulder is against mine.

This is one of the most profound sayings. Get deep into it, dig into it. He is in your wife, he is in your friend, he is in the children playing on the street. He is in your friend, he is in your foe - because only he is. He is in these birds singing and in the trees, in me and in you. Yes, he is in the next seat, he is in your neighbor.

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