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Chapter 6: Why Wander Away?

Sufi fakirs say that eyes are also part and parcel of light, of the sun. They say eyes exist so they can see the sun, so that one equal can see and know another equal. And the Sufis also say that when God’s great light is manifest your eyes are absorbed into it, just as ice is absorbed when it melts and mixes with water. When the eyes are absorbed and the person hidden behind the eyes is also absorbed, this is the point when Kabir says:

What do I know of Ram?
These eyes have never seen him.

As long as “I” is there, there is no God. And when God becomes manifest there is no “I”; “I” is lost. Along with the passing of the ego, of “I,” the eyes also disappear. In the English language there is only one sound for the words “eye” and “I.” To distinguish between them they are spelled differently, but it seems as if those who coined these words must have done it intentionally because both are pronounced alike. They also have a deep relationship. When “I” is lost, the eyes are also lost - and when the eyes are lost, “I” is lost too. That is why we pity the blind so much. We do not pity the deaf or the dumb or the lame as much as we pity the blind. We do not even pity the dead quite as much. The man who has no eyes has nothing; he is deprived of virtually everything.

Eighty percent of your ego is created by your eyes. Your eyes are primarily responsible for the ego, and so when the whole ego disappears the eyes disappear too.

What do I know of Ram?
These eyes have never seen him.

“So,” Kabir says, “anything I say about him will be incorrect.”

Tale of love, untellable.
Not a bit’s ever told.
The sweets of a dumb one -
he enjoys.And smiles.