This is why the path of love is the path of the mad, the path of the carefree, the path of the courageous. Even a businessman can travel on the path of knowledge, because there the arithmetic is neat and clean. But only gamblers can walk on the path of love, because there you have to lose everything, and with no certainty of gain. There nothing can be gained, and everything will be lost. If your heart is big enough to accept defeat as victory, death as life, your disappearance as an arriving – only then does the door to the path of love open. The path of love is closed to the prudent, so we call it the path to the tavern, the path of the drunkard.
Love is a wine. The reality is that you are looking for all kinds of wine, because you have not yet learned how to pour the wine of love. You go to the tavern because your temple has not yet become your tavern. You drink the wine made from grapes because you are not yet capable of drinking the wine of the soul. You look for small and cheap escapes because you have forgotten the language of true drunkenness.
The divine is absolute drunkenness.
Today’s sutras are marvelous. They have come straight from a devotee’s heart, they are the blossoming of a devotee’s heart. Each sutra is a lotus petal. Understand them carefully.
The state of the sadhus when immersed in love
They cry while they sing and they laugh,
This is very paradoxical, says Daya.
Paradoxical! A paradoxical statement means when something doesn’t fit with our logic, doesn’t fit with our mathematics, when it escapes the grasp of arithmetic. A paradoxical statement means inverse talk. In order to attain you have to lose, in order to arrive you have to disappear, the only way to find the shore is for the boat to sink in midstream…this kind of inverse talk.
Kabir has composed many paradoxical verses. A paradoxical verse contains statements which cannot happen in logic but do happen in life. Kabir has said: Nadia lagi aag! “The river is on fire!” Now a river doesn’t catch fire. If a river could catch fire, there would be no means to put the fire out. A river doesn’t catch fire – it can’t. This is contrary to all logic, mathematics and science. But Kabir says that it happens in life. What cannot happen happens. Man is God and he behaves like a beggar – “The river is on fire!” Man is immortal and he trembles in the face of death – “The river is on fire!” Man is indestructible, eternal; he has always been and will always be. The divine itself is present within him and he is begging for things that are not worth even two cents, he is holding out his begging bowl and wailing. It is like an emperor begging with a begging-bowl. “The river is on fire!” What shouldn’t happen is happening. And where everything has become so topsy-turvy, you cannot reach the divine through mathematics. You will have to find some other way – a way that is as paradoxical as your life has become. This is the path that will take you out of your confusion.