Chapter 1: Man Is a Seed
I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water
You don’t grasp the fact that what is most
alive of all is inside your own house;
and so you walk from one holy city to the next
with a confused look!
Kabir will tell you the truth: go wherever you
like, to Calcutta or Tibet;
if you can’t find where your soul is hidden,
for you the world will never be real!
I don’t know what sort of a god we have been
The caller calls in a loud voice to the holy one
Why? Surely the holy one is not deaf.
He hears the delicate anklets that ring on the
feet of an insect as it walks.
Go over and over your beads, paint weird designs
on your forehead,
wear your hair matted, long, and ostentatious,
but when deep inside you there is a loaded gun,
how can you have God?
The fish in the sea is not thirsty - but man is. Man lives in existence, and is absolutely unaware of it. Man is born in existence, breathes in existence, and one day will dissolve in existence. Man is godliness, made of the stuff called “God,” and yet completely oblivious of the fact.
The fish is not thirsty in the sea, but man is. God is the sea - God surrounds you, within and without. All that is, is divine. God is not a person: God is the presence that is overflowing everywhere in all directions. The radiance, the beauty of existence, the splendor, the majestic, the miraculous, the mysterious - the whole magic of life is godliness.
Godliness has not to be worshipped: godliness has to be lived. And to live godliness you need not go anywhere - you are already in it. To live godliness you need not cultivate any character. Godliness is already the case. It is your consciousness.
To live godliness you need not become a Hindu or a Mohammedan or a Christian - you are already in it, it is already in you. It is not a question of the future. This very moment godliness is showering on you. But you are closed. It comes, but you don’t receive it. It knocks on your doors, but you don’t listen to it. And it has been knocking for ages.
The old biblical story is: when Adam disobeyed God, he was frightened, obviously. God came in search of him. Afraid, he went behind a bush just to hide from God. He was not courageous enough to face him, to encounter him. And the story says God called in the Garden of Eden, “Adam, where are you?”
Adam heard it, yet did not respond.