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Chapter 9: The Inner Revolution

Such people have never existed. In this world whoever has asked for budding flowers has received thorns. Here there is nothing but thorns. Yes, from afar they appear to be flowers, but coming closer they prove to be thorns. What you don’t have appears to be beautiful and what you have becomes worthless. There is an attraction for that which you lack: “The sound of the distant drum is hypnotic.”

Only those people who become completely clear about the impossibility of attaining happiness here will start on a journey of yoga, of union. Happiness is impossible in the world, because “the world” means the outward journey - going out of oneself. And by going out of oneself no one can ever attain to happiness because the further you go away from yourself the more you move against your self-nature. To dissolve into your self-nature is happiness, to become submerged in one’s own self is happiness. Self-nature is happiness, going against it is misery.

So the further you go away from your self - in wealth, in power, in prestige - the more you go on being miserable. “The world” does not mean these trees, these stars and the moon. “The world” means the outward racing of the mind. The outward journey is “the world,” the inward journey is religion.

Just look at your life a little and with close attention, contemplate over it, only then can these timeless words of Gorakh be understood. And not only Gorakh - no words of any awakened one will be of any use to you unless you have examined your own life. Your hopes are still alive. Your hopes have still not been demolished.

The ocean of the world is absolutely fake;
Look, not even a lip is moist.

This water appears to be rippling, but it only appears that way from afar; it is a mirage. When you go closer, not even the lips can be moistened, and any water reaching the throat is out of the question. Not even the lips are moistened.

Green does not even exist in this land.
Why are you sowing these seeds of desires in your heart?

There has never been any greenery in this land. You are uselessly planting the seeds of desire in your heart. You will repent much because these seeds will never sprout.

Green does not even exist in this land.
Why are you sowing these seeds of desires in your heart?

Why do you go on planting these seeds of new desires? The old seeds have never come up, so you go on sowing new seeds. You have been doing this for life after life.

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