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Chapter 1: Always Sing the Song of the Divine

Oh fool!

Sing the song of the divine, sing the song of the divine, sing the song of the divine, because at the time of death the memorization of grammar will not save you.

Oh fool! Drop the desire of accumulating wealth, awaken right understanding, make the mind desireless, and be contented and happy with whatsoever you gain through your own labor.

Do not be infatuated by the beauty, the breasts, the navel and the waistline of a woman. These are nothing but the contortions of flesh and fat - contemplate this again and again.

Life is as transient and unstable as a droplet on the lotus leaf. Understand it well that the world is suffering from the disease of ego and is wounded by sorrow.

The family takes interest in you only as long as you are capable of earning money. As old age comes and the body becomes decrepit, no one in the house even bothers about you.

Only as long as there is life in the body do the people in the family care for you. The life gone out, the body fallen lifeless, even one’s own wife is afraid of it.

A child is obsessed with playing games, a young man is obsessed with young women, the old are obsessed with worries. Man never turns towards the divine.

The first and the basic sutra to be understood, is that truth is attained in emptiness and is lost in words. Truth is attained in silence and lost in speech. Truth has no language; all language is untruth.

Language is created by man. Truth is not created by man, it is his discovery. Truth is. It is neither to be created nor to be proved, but only to be unveiled, and this unveiling of the truth happens only when all the noise of language inside stops, because language is the veil. Thoughts are the only obstacle.

When a child is born he has no language. He doesn’t come with any scripture, any religion, any caste or any nation, he arrives as an emptiness. The sacredness of emptiness is unique - emptiness is the only virginity, the rest is all perversion. The child arrives like a fresh flower, without even a scratch on his consciousness. He doesn’t know anything. But the child’s capacity to know is pure. He is like a mirror where nothing is yet reflected but the mirroring capacity is total and pure. Later on there will be many reflections; his knowledge will increase, but the capacity to know will go on decreasing - because the emptiness will become full of words, the emptiness will cease to exist. It is as if the reflections in the mirror go on sticking to it and don’t disappear. Then the mirror’s capacity to reflect will go on decreasing.

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