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Chapter 4: When the Heart Is Awake

That’s what Kabir is going to say to you today. His sutras are of immense beauty. Each single word has to be meditated upon. Remember I am not saying “think upon,” I am saying “meditate.” I am saying: Be silent and still and let his song sink in your heart. Let it stir your heart, let it awaken your sleeping energies of love, joy, bliss.

Religion is a celebration. You cannot be indoctrinated in religion, because religion is not a doctrine at all. It is a very mad love affair.

Friend, wake up! Why do you go on sleeping?

Man is deep asleep. What does his sleep consist of? He is asleep because he has forgotten the route to his heart. He is alert as far as mathematics is concerned; he is fully alert as far as calculation is concerned; he is awake as far as the world is concerned and worldly concerns are concerned - for money, for power, for prestige, respectability, he is fully awake. He is awake only for the mundane. He is awake only for the meaningless. He collects garbage with great alertness. But he is asleep for the precious, for the sacred. He sees the trees, but he cannot see the green life flowing in them. He sees the mountains, but he cannot feel the beauty and the virgin silence. He sees people, but people look like machines. He cannot feel their souls; he has not even felt his own soul, how can he feel anybody else’s soul? He has not even become aware of who he is.

Friend, wake up! Why do you go on sleeping?

And in this sleep, when the heart is in darkness and the whole light has become focused on the head, even if you are told the ultimate truths you will misunderstand them. Even if a buddha tries to wake you up, you will be angry at him. Naturally, obviously, because you will think he is disturbing you. He is disturbing your dreams, not you, but you have invested too much in your dreams. He will say one thing, you will understand another. Either you will go on listening according to your prejudices, choosing - choosing only those things which can support you - or you will become very angry, you will crucify, you will poison, you will destroy such a person who comes and unnecessarily disturbs your sleep.

Your sleep is deep. It has been long, long there. You have become accustomed to it - so much so that the heart goes on sleeping and still you can manage your life. You are a sleep-walker, a somnambulist. There are people who walk in their sleep; they can go to the fridge, they can eat something, they can come back to their beds - and they will not stumble anywhere. And if you wake them up in the middle, they will be very much surprised; they will not be able to figure it out, where they are and what they are doing. They will be shocked.

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