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Chapter 10: Why Not Wake Up This Morning?

Religion has to be learned only in the vicinity of a master. It cannot be learned from traditions, from scriptures. You will need somebody alive so that you can be in love, somebody alive who can by his presence trigger a process in your being. It cannot be taught, it can only be caught.

I am not in the incense
Mounting on high altars,
Nor in the pomp of ceremonies.
I am neither in the graven image,
Nor in the rich chant of a melodious voice.
I am not bound by theories,
Nor corrupted by beliefs.
I am not held in the bondage of religions,
Nor in the pious agony of their priests.
I am not entrapped by philosophies,
Nor held in the power of their sects.
I am neither low nor high,
I am the worshipper and the worshipped.

That statement is of tremendous value: “I am the worshipper and the worshipped.” You are the seeker and the sought, you are the devotee and the deity, you are the temple and the master of the temple. You need not go anywhere. If you need go anywhere it is only inwards, into your own interiority.

I am neither low nor high,
I am the worshipper and the worshipped.
I am free.
My song is the song of the river
Calling for the open seas,
Wandering, wandering,
I am Life.

These words as an introduction will help you to understand Kabir.

Kabir says:

My inside, listen to me, the greatest spirit,
the teacher, is near,
wake up, wake up!

The original is:

Parmatma guru nikat viraje,
jag jag man mere.

Your real master, your God, is very close by. You need not go to Kaaba or to Kashi in search of him. He is so close by that even to say that he is close by is not right, because closeness also shows a little distance. He is exactly you. God asleep - that’s what you are. If you awake you need not go anywhere else.

The difference between you and a buddha is not the difference of any physical distance, is not the difference of any quantitative changes. The distance is only of one thing, otherwise you are exactly the same: you are asleep, he is awake. Open your eyes and you are a buddha, be awake and you are a buddha.

Paramatma guru nikat viraje.

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