Chapter 1: The Roots and the Flowers Are One
There is no proof, but there are enough proofs; no direct proof, but many indirect evidences.
“Will the day ever dawn
when the treasured man of my heart
will become my own?
Though not cast in any shape,
the man is evidenced in the ways of love.
Those who are absorbed
by the flavors of feelings
and are wholly living
with the knowledge of death
have won their foes -
pride and envy, lust and anger,
ignorance and greed.
If your life, flowing with life,
longs for the man,
the man will come with kindly steps.
Look at the worlds of gods, demons and man -
all held in your body.
He is already there.”
God has already penetrated you: the news may not have reached yet, the gospel may not have been heard yet.
The English word gospel is very beautiful. In the old English it was “godspell,” then it became “gospel.” Godspell is even better. He has already penetrated you. He is already there but the news has not reached you. Your head is too far away from your heart. Bring your head a little closer.
The man is evidenced in the ways of love., and the worlds of gods, demons and man - all are held in your body. He is already there, holding all together. The Bauls go on crying and weeping; their tears are the proof. Their weeping is so authentic, their crying is so authentic that once coming in contact with a Baul, you will never ask whether God exists or not.
“I shall not open my eyes again
if I don’t see him at first sight.
Can you then tell me
through the sense of smelling
and through my listening ears
that he has come -
that he has come to the sky in the East -
that your friend has come
to the sky of the East?”
I shall not open my eyes if I don’t see him at first sight. They go on singing, praying. Their song is so true, their prayer is so penetrating. How it is possible without God? Yes, God is evidenced in the ways of love. The lover who wholly loves can reach reality, comprehending the unattainable man. The emphasis is on wholly, totally, utterly, completely. Immediately, when you are total you are ready, the golden cup is ready.
The secrets of death
are revealed to him
while he is fully alive.
What does he care
for the other shores of life?