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Chapter 1: A Meeting with the Guest

When my friend is away from me, I am depressed;
nothing in the daylight delights me,
sleep at night gives no rest.
Who can I tell about this?

The night is dark and long.Hours go by.
Because I am alone, I sit up suddenly,
fear goes through me..

Kabir says: listen, my friend
there is one thing in the world that satisfies,
and that is a meeting with the guest.

Man is not what he is; man has become what he is not; that’s the root cause of his misery. He has gone astray from his being, he has become too involved in becoming.

To become means to become false. To become means to become that which you are not. To be is already the case. Man has not to become anything other than he is, he has to relax into his being and know the truth.

The truth is already given, the truth is not somewhere in the future. It is not a goal but the source. You are coming from truth. If you can find the source again you will know what truth is. You are not going towards truth; all going takes you farther and farther away from truth.

You must have heard the name of Radha. Mythologically she is known to be the most beloved woman of Krishna. He had many lovers; Radha was the suprememost. But historically there has never been any woman by the name of Radha, and in the ancient scriptures her name is not mentioned at all. It is an invention of later mystics, later sages, and it has tremendous significance; it will be good to understand it.

In Sanskrit there is a word, dhara, which means the river moving from the source towards the ocean. If you reverse the word dhara it becomes radha. Radha means the river moving towards the origin, not towards the ocean; radha is a metaphor. And one can be a beloved of God only if one turns the whole process of life - from being a dhara one becomes a radha, not moving towards the goal but going deeper and deeper down towards the source. And the source is within you. The goal is without, the source, within. The source is your very being.

But mind is aggressive - it wants to explore, it wants to go on adventures, it wants to know that which is not known, it wants to demystify existence. It wants to conquer, it is on a journey of conquest. Mind is masculine, basically masculine, and through the mind there is no way towards godliness.

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