Chapter 7: It Is Time Now!
I know the sound of the ecstatic flute,
but I don’t know whose flute it is.
A lamp burns and has neither wick nor oil.
A waterplant blossoms and is not attached to the bottom.
When one flower opens, ordinarily dozens open.
The moon-bird’s head is filled with nothing
but thoughts of the moon,
and when the next rain will come
is all that the rain-bird thinks of.
Who is it we spend our entire life loving?
It is time to put up a love-swing!
Tie the body and then tie the mind so that they swing
between the arms of the Secret One you love.
Bring the water that falls from the clouds to your eyes.
And cover yourself over entirely with the shadow of night.
Bring your face up close to his ear,
and then talk only about what you want deeply to happen.
Kabir says: “Listen to me, brother, bring the face, shape,
and odor of the Holy One inside you.”
Existence is Godful. It is overflowing with God. Yet we see him not. We are blind - blind because of our beliefs. The more beliefs you have, the more blind you are; your eyes become covered with beliefs and you cannot see that which is.
Only a naked mind can see God, only a naked heart can feel God. You can go on searching with all your philosophies and your religions and your dogmas; you will never find him. You will not find him anywhere - and he is everywhere. Something is blocking the way.
If you are a Hindu you will not be able to see God. If you are a Mohammedan you will miss because you are a Mohammedan. If you are a Christian you have already created the obstacle. Don’t be a Hindu, don’t be a Mohammedan and don’t be a Christian; then there is a possibility to know God. And then you need not go anywhere else - wherever you are, God comes to you. God has been always coming to you. He has been knocking on your doors. But you are so full of your own noise, of your own scriptures, that you can’t listen to that still small voice. He comes in a thousand and one ways, he goes on coming, he goes on hoping. But you are stubborn, and the irony is that you think you are searching for God.
The first sign of a seeker is that he drops all dogmas. How can you seek with a belief inside you? You have already accepted a belief; without knowing the truth you have already arrived at a conclusion. A mind full of conclusions is incapable of knowing. Only a mind that has not yet concluded is capable of knowing, because that mind is receptive.
Drop your knowledgeability, drop your learning, drop all that you have gathered from others. And you need not go to search for God: he comes. Only he is - to say “he comes” is not right, because he is already here. He surrounds you; he is your within and your without. You breathe him. Whenever you embrace anybody you embrace him, whenever you love anybody you love him. You may not recognize it, but all your love flows towards him.
God is not separate from existence. But the philosophers and the theologians have given you the idea that God is the creator. God is not the creator, God is creativity. It is not that he created the world one day and finished it and then has been far away, resting. No, he is continuously creating it.
Don’t divide the creator and the creation; that division is false. There is no creator and there is no creation, there is only creativity. When a flower blooms it is God blooming again, when a bird sings it is God singing again, when the sun rises it is God rising again, when you open your eyes it is God opening his eyes again. In nature that creativity is unselfconscious. In man that creativity is trying to become conscious. Man is the morning, nature is the night. In nature God is fast asleep; in man he is trying to become awake.